Theaters: NA (TV Movie – 2000)
Streaming: April, 2004
Runtime: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama – Faith – Religion
Amazon: 4.3/5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes Critics: NA/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience: 2.9/5
Metacritic Metascore: NA/100
Metacritic User Score: NA/10
Directed by: Raffaele Mertes
Written by: Francesco Contaldo, Raffaele Mertes, Gianmario Pagano
Music by: Marco Frisina
Cast: Richard Harris, Vittoria Belvedere, Benjamin Sadler, Bruce Payne
Film Locations: NA
Budget: $ NA Low-Budget, Made for TV
Worldwide Box Office: $ NA
St. John, John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, John of Patmos, John the Elder (Harris) is held in the Aegean island prison of Patmos as a scribe for his Roman jailers. God speaks to John and commands him to disseminate, as letters, the visions he sends him. The letters are be sent to the 7 churches of Asia Minor. The visions include truths and admonishment to the churches and how the beginning of the end of times will transpire.
This is a made for TV movie that exhibits its low-budget pedigree in almost every scene. But the movie wasn’t made to garner any awards, rather it was made to educate the public about the Book of Revelations, the last book of the Bible. It does accomplish this but the story is out of sequence and the method is clunky and amateurish.
The supporting actors are all bad with the atrocious acting trophy going to the Bruce Payne playing the Roman Emperor Domitian. Moving from bad to worse, the special effects were categorically dreadful. If there is an award for worst special effects this movie would win. The movie’s effects were on par with what passed as realistic in the 1958 movie: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor. Spending a few dollars more on marginally better special effects very likely would have taken this movie from ugh awful to mildly entertaining.
The only true shining light in this movie is Richard Harris, he can’t save the movie, but he is a joy to watch. The kindly Dumbledore persona comes through in every scene. A natural teacher with a gentle soul. Interestingly, his full name is Richard St John Harris.