The Genesis Code
by Phil Boatwright

Logan Bartholomew, Kelsey Sanders, Lance Henriksen, Fred Dalton Thompson, Louise Fletcher, Earnest Borgnine. American Epic Entertainment. Drama. Written by Michael Wells Leighton. Directed by C. Thomas Howell & Patrick Read Johnson. Rated PG. 138 min.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders), a college journalist and committed Christian, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew) the college’s popular hockey superstar. As a relationship between them begins, Kerry finds that Blake, who hides behind a tough and independent façade, is actually struggling through a difficult personal crisis and that he bears the cross of a secret he has kept hidden for years. Blake rebuffs Kerry’s suggestion that prayer might help ease his burden; he is convinced that modern science completely disproves the Bible, especially the opening verses of Genesis. Kerry – who is herself suddenly confronted with a challenge to her faith on another front – sets out to prove that science and Genesis are not in conflict and her quest leads to a startling revelation. Could it be that what science teaches us about creation and the Story as told in Genesis are both true and in perfect accord?

PREVIEW REVIEW: Could science and creation both be right? By film’s end nonbelievers will certainly have to consider what the faithful already know – God created science.

This is a thoughtful, perceptive and enlightening view of how we came to be. While it has somewhat of a made-for-churches feel, and the premise is merely a backdrop for a theology class, it is nonetheless absorbing.

Though veterans Louis Fletcher, Ernest Borgnine and Fred Thompson have little to do in the film other than lend their names to a cause they must have believed in, young actors Kelsey Sanders and Logan Bartholowmew do a nice job and directors C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Read Johnson keep the action going at a good pace.

But what’s really important and fascinating about this production is the presentation of a theory that mixes both science and the creation together. It explains how life could have happened in six days – that’s six days in God’s time. It’s a thoughtful argument that should cause the scientific community to reexamine its staunch view.

In an age when the Big Bang and Evolution are the central teachings found in academia’s science classes, this is a film every student should see. Indeed, it may be the most important film students see this year – or any year. The independent film is outselling large studio films and hit #1 on the Faith and Spiritually Amazon Best Seller List.

Rated PG, I found nothing objectionable.