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The Apocalypse (2000)

San Giovanni - L'apocalisse (original title)
| Drama | TV Movie 2000
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It is 90 A.D., and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God, and ruler over heaven and Earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his ... See full summary »

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Raffaele Mertes

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Francesco Contaldo (screenplay), Raffaele Mertes | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... John
Vittoria Belvedere ... Irene
Benjamin Sadler ... Valerius
Christian Kohlund ... Quintus Maximus
Erol Sander ... Ionicus
Ian Duncan ... Demetrius
Bruce Payne ... Domitian
Alessandro Bertolucci Alessandro Bertolucci ... Marcello
Walter Nudo ... Hermes
Constantine Gregory ... Corvus
Luca Ward ... Eracle
Matt Patresi ... Titone
Loris Loddi ... Watchman
Massimiliano Pazzaglia Massimiliano Pazzaglia ... Silvano
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Johanan (as Aaron Johnson)
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It is 90 A.D., and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God, and ruler over heaven and Earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity, are a thorn in his side, and he is having them cruelly persecuted. The small village in Asia Minor, to which the aged apostle John has withdrawn, is also attacked by Roman soldiers. As if by a miracle, John is the only person to escape the slaughter, and he receives divine orders to write down the visions he will have, and communicate them to the Christian communities in the Roman provinces of Asia. The voice tells him that they should discover what is and what will happen thereafter. Among the Christians of Asia Minor, who believe that John is dead, everyone is deeply worried about being persecuted. Gaius, the community elder in Smyrna, is concerned that only a few believers still dare come to the ritual supper. Under these circumstances, Christianity can no longer exist. But at this point, ...

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English

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2000 (USA) See more »

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KirchMedia, Lube, Lux Vide See more »
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1.66 : 1
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John: God will always win, friends. His victory over evil is the root of our faith.
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Ambitious TV film about the elderly apostle John and his visions in Revelation
24 September 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED TO TV IN 2000 and directed by Raffaele Mertes, "The Apocalypse" chronicles events during the reign of Roman Emperor Domitian (Bruce Payne) circa 90 AD when the elderly apostle John (Richard Harris) is imprisoned on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea (off the coast of modern day Turkey). John experiences strange visions, as detailed in the book of Revelation. Christian Kohlund plays a formidable Roman commander ordered to kill Christians in Asia Minor while Vittoria Belvedere plays a devout believer in love with a duplicitous man who is sent to the penal colony on Patmos as a Roman spy (Benjamin Sadler).

Any film that attempts to tackle the biblical book of Revelation is ambitious, to say the least, and "The Apocalypse" should be respected for this, particularly since it's a surprisingly quality period movie, which doesn't forget to be entertaining while conveying worthy mind/spirit food. Being made in 1999 and limited by a TV budget, I was expecting lousy sets, costuming, locations and, especially, bad CGI effects. But, thankfully, the movie delivers in all these areas. The F/X hold up surprisingly well, all things considered, and they helped me better visualize John's visions in Revelation, which heretofore I had only 'seen' in my mind. Speaking of which, to appreciate this movie it helps to be a little familiar with the book of Revelation, otherwise you might be lost, especially since the movie's plot is a tad convoluted.

Interestingly, in one of his apocalyptic visions John sees the twin towers of the World Trade Center burning, which of course came to pass in real life a mere year after the film's initial release!

THE MOVIE RUNS 96 minutes and was shot (at least in part) in Morocco (I can't find any other info on the locations). WRITER: Francesco Contaldo.

GRADE: B


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