The Genius Club
|The Genius Club|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Chey|
|Produced by||Executive Producer:
|Written by||Tim Chey|
|Music by||Daniel Bijan|
|Edited by||Tim Chey|
|Distributed by||RiverRain Productions|
|Running time||110 minutes|
The film tells the story of seven geniuses who try to solve the world's problems in one night in order to prevent a nuclear bomb from exploding in Washington, D.C. The film was produced and distributed by Cloud Ten Pictures and RiverRain Productions.
On Christmas Eve, Armand (Tom Sizemore), a terrorist who has a hidden nuclear device in Washington D.C., forces the president of the United States government (Jack Scalia) to round up seven geniuses with IQs over 200. The group consists of a casino owner (Carol Abney), a biochemist (Paula Jai Parker), a pro-baseball player (Matt Medrano), a seminary student (Jacob Bonnema), an economics professor (Phillip Moon), a painter (Tricia Helfer), and a pizza delivery guy (Stephen Baldwin).
The government is to place them in a bomb shelter and explain to the group that they are to solve the world's problems in one night; if they fail to gather a thousand points before morning, the terrorist will detonate the hidden nuclear device planted in the basement of the 'genius lair'.
- Carol Abney as Julia Endersol
- Stephen Baldwin as Rory Johnson
- Jacob Bonnema as Jacob Chernov
- Tricia Helfer as Ally Simon
- Matt Medrano as Jose Delgado
- Philip Moon as Professor Lee
- Paula Jai Parker as Tatiana
- Huntley Ritter as Brian Mehlman
- Jack Scalia as President
- Tom Sizemore as Armand
- Arch Bonnema as Norm, the president's Chief of Staff
- Dimitri Diatchenko as Jesse The Mechanic
Director Tim Chey wanted to make a film about the world's issues while combining the humanity and intelligence of the various character geniuses. Arch Bonnema produced the film, and his son Jacob plays Jacob Chernov, the seminary student.
The film is not explicitly religious, though it is Christian in its tone and message; seminary student Chernov, for example, at times quotes the Bible and answers the "meaning of life" question by observing that "there is no meaning outside of God."
Both director Tim Chey, who is a Christian, and the producers believed it was important that a "real Christian" play the part of Jacob Chernov, hence the selection of Jacob Bonnema, a Christian like his father.
Yet, its Christian message did appeal to critics from Southern Vanity, a Dallas-based lifestyle magazine, and it won the Dove "Family Approved" Seal in June 2008.
The movie was released on DVD in September 2008.
- The Genius Club at the Internet Movie Database.
- Chey, Tim Web site. Last accessed: April 28, 2008.
- Maurstad, Tom. Dallas Morning News, feature article, October 27, 2006
- Maurstad, Tom. Dallas Morning News, film review, October 27, 2006
- Cogill, Gary.WFAA-TV, film review, October 27, 2006.
- The Genius Club review by the Dove Foundation at the Christian Cinema web site, 2008. Last accessed: October 3, 2008.
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