Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
|Megiddo: The Omega Code 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Brian Trenchard-Smith|
|Produced by||Matthew Crouch
Richard J. Cook
|Written by||Stephan Blinn
R. Lee Ermey
with Udo Kier
and Franco Nero
|Music by||Peter Bernstein|
|Cinematography||Bert Dunk, A.S.C., C.S.C.|
|Editing by||John Lafferty|
|Distributed by||Gener8Xion Entertainment|
|Running time||104 minutes|
|Box office||$5,974,653 (USA) (11 November 2001)|
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 is a 2001 biblically-based film. It, in part, portrays the backstory of Stone Alexander from the movie The Omega Code. However, apocalyptic events portrayed in Megiddo are inconsistent with those in the previous film, making it more of alternate retelling of the The Omega Code’s story than a true prequel; in fact, the titular bible code is not even mentioned in Megiddo.
Michael York detailed the entire film in a journal which he then published in book form, titled Dispatches From Armageddon.
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (October 2011)|
Gavin Fink plays this younger Stone. Noah Huntley plays Stone in his late teens and early twenties. Upon graduating from military academy, Stone meets his younger brother David. At first, David (Chad Michael Murray) admires his older brother; however, his father admonishes him to be true to himself. After graduating from the academy, Stone marries his Italian girlfriend, Gabriella.
Eventually, Stone becomes President of the European Union[note 1] and uses his seat of power to dissolve the United Nations and create a one world government called the World Union. To consolidate his power, Stone pressures the President of the United States Richard Benson (R. Lee Ermey) to join his global community.[note 2] Stone summons Benson to meet with him in Rome. Prior to departing for Italy, President Benson orders the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet to take up position off of the coast of Italy in the event of an emergency.
Accompanying the president on his flight to Italy is David Alexander (now played by Michael Biehn), who is now the Vice President of the United States and his military aide, U.S. Marine Colonel Rick Howard. During an informal meeting on Air Force One, David and Col. Howard warn the president to keep his distance from Stone. This is due to a CIA report, which indicates that over 200 people who had opposed Stone in the past had died under questionable circumstances. Unfortunately, Benson fails to grasp just how ruthless Stone really is; Stone kills him with a supernaturally induced heart attack. David then becomes the President.
Much to Stone's disappointment, his brother also refuses to join his New World Order. David's Secretary of State Breckenridge; however, wants the United States to join the global community aligned with Stone. After failing to convince David to fall in to line with the World Union, he publicizes a doctored video of David murdering his father. In reality, it was Stone who did it.
Breckenridge orders the FBI to arrest the president. After a heated exchange of gunfire, the president escapes by helicopter to Norfolk Naval Base where the U.S. Navy brass provides him with transport to the Sixth Fleet on an amphibious assault ship. After arriving, David orders a raid on Stone's castle headquarters in Rome using U.S. Army Rangers and AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships; however, he discovers that Stone is no longer there. He is already in Israel.
Following the raid, Colonel Howard receives word that Breckenridge is sending U.S. troops to Israel to join Stone's military coalition, which is on the plains of Megiddo planning a strike on Jerusalem.
Following the special operations raid in Rome, David and Colonel Howard move quietly to join with U.S. forces already in Israel. Unknown to Stone, the Mexicans, Chinese, and Americans are really there to destroy Stone and his army. David attempts to kill Stone himself but is soon captured.
Later, Stone's triumphant air is shattered as Chinese tanks open fire upon his European troops from one side and the U.S. and the Mexicans on the other. Shortly afterwards, Stone's troops are hit by air strikes as well. Taken completely by surprise, Stone's forces are quickly overrun. Stone instructs all his forces to fight to the death from the headquarters. After overrunning Stone's armored and artillery positions the Mexican tanks charge headlong targeting the enemy headquarters.
Stone and his officers are swallowed in a huge fireball as tank shells rain in. David barely manages to break free and jump away before the headquarters explodes behind him. But he is stunned as Stone walks out of the ashes and morphs into a massive demon with ram's horns and huge leathery wings. After seriously wounding David he summons up his dark brethren as reinforcements and revives his dead army. In a full display of his supernatural powers, he even darkens the sun, plunging the whole battlefield into darkness.
The reinforcements soon outnumber and overrun the Mexican, Chinese, and American forces. In triumph Stone, now as Satan, celebrates as he cries out loudly that he is lord. At this boast, a bright white light lances down into ruins of the headquarters and begins dropping meteors of light upon the battlefield. Every enemy soldier is killed, while all of the allied survivors remained untouched and freed from their bonds. The fallen priest is dismayed at Satan's defeat and tries to run from the battlefield. A globe of light chases him and quickly impales him with swords of pure light. Satan himself is last, as he is driven to his knees and forced to admit that "Jesus" is Lord. After that the light pulverizes the ground beneath him, dropping him into a deep pit of lava, the Lake of fire. There he finds he is chained. As David lies on the ground still looking up, the light becomes brighter until everything fades away. The movie ends with a scene of paradise and a declaration that God has established his home with man forever.
Production and distribution
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 has been aired frequently by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), both over the internet and on television, since its initial release in 2002.
It was directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. This was the biggest budget he had ever enjoyed for a film:
When I came on board for [the film]... I thought, I’m going to have a bit of a sly smile at some of this stuff, not being a Pentecostal Christian myself. But if the Pentecostal Christians want to give me $20 million to make a film, I’m not going to say no. So I thought, what are my genre aspirations in this rather confused screenplay I‘ve been given? Let’s straighten it out along the following lines: let’s say it’s The Omen (1976) meets Air Force One (1997), with a bit of End of Days (1999)... And they fight the Battle of the Bulge, and are awarded with the Second Coming! I mean, those are some nice elements to put into your martini. And so I proceeded along those lines. It was a fun film to make, and primarily, the faithful have seen it. But I can tell you, it did have a slight sense of humor, even sub textually, it’s a fun film to see. It was interesting to see it with a mixed audience of Pentecostals and secular hedonists, and it was interesting to see where either side of the audience laughed, or they both laughed, or the Christians cheered. So it was interesting to see it, ultimately. It’s a fun romp [laughs], not usually what happens with a religious film.
- Stone is shown as having accepted a lesser position with the European Union in 1976. This is an anachronism, as the European Union was not established until 17 years later (although its forerunner, the European Communities, did exist at that time).
- In the movie’s dialogue, the United States is sometimes equated with "the North American Zone"; however, a stylized world map appears to show all of North America as a single zone, and Mexico is portrayed in the film as a country distinct from the United States.
- Bryan Van Campen, "Interview with Filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith", Ithaca.com, 14 November 2012 accessed 8 February 2013
- "Megiddo". TBN—Trinity Broadcasting Network. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- "The Omega Code". TBN—Trinity Broadcasting Network. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- "Brian Trenchard Smith on Megiddo Omega", Mondo Stump, 28 November 2007 accessed 8 February 2013
- Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 at the Internet Movie Database
- Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 at the TCM Movie Database