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A New York Times best-selling book published in 1993, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield has sold 14 million copies and has been translated in over 45 languages. Written in novel form, The Celestine Prophecy describes the synchronistic adventures of John Woodson as he travels to Peru to find out more about an ancient prophecy that describes modern life in startling detail--as well as the future evolutionary path of humanity. While there, he meets up with Father Jose, guardian of the scrolls, as well as others who are dedicated to disseminating the transformative nine Insights found in the Celestine Prophecy.
Redfield had wanted to make a movie version of The Celestine Prophecy, but despite offers from several big studios, the timing didn't feel right. In the spirit of the book, which advocates following intuition and gut hunches towards a more aware, purposeful life, Redfield waited--and now the time has come for the film to be birthed into the world.
After seeing the Indigo movie debacle and the mediocre acting in What the Bleep Do We Know!?, I admit that I didn't hold much hope for the movie version of The Celestine Prophecy. However, after watching the film and its special features last night, I was surprised and delighted at the results.
The Celestine Prophecy was one of the first "New Age" books I read while in the process of coming out of organized religion as both an adherent and a minister. It's been years since I read it, but I remembered that the prose was a bit clunky and didactic, but the information on synchronicity, auras, and control dramas were spiritual gold.Read more ›
- the potential synergy of spiritual energy in all of us,
- that by being spiritually connected we can be protected from 'evil',
- that spiritually inclined people may have 'synchronicity' with each other (i.e. be brought together at the right moments by divine intervention),
- that heaven & hell are nowhere else except here on earth,
- and that we, as humans, have an evolutionary higher purpose in the universe.
If I didn't know that what was being portrayed in the movie is conceptually feasible, I would have given it only a 1 star rating for the mediocre acting and poor plot alone.
The problem with attempts to portray ethereal matters visually is that ethereal matters are simply not apparent in the material world and only reflect in our subjective perceptions of them. Spiritual phenomena are subliminal in most people, and the visual portrayal of spiritual perception in this movie would be unreal for anyone having spiritual perception. But hey, it's only a movie, and it could possibly stimulate novice spiritual aspirants to seek 'the light' in some way or other.
I would give it 6 stars for bringing to the attention of audiences the possibilities of enlightenment by spiritual endeavour, which is a difficult yet admirable attempt by the movie makers, but minus 4 stars for the poor plot and mediocre acting of the main actors. (Only the movie's army General gave a convincing performance). I haven't read any of the books on which the movie is based, so I have not compared the movie with the books.Read more ›
Seems that no one wants to tell him or us what it is all about until we experience it. What we find is insightful but at the cost of having to listen to boring stilted dialog and people that look like druggies.
The book though interesting is does not contain any unique ideas. The writing is nominal but is clearly designed to put you in a different view of reality. The problem came when trying to express this in the visual media. If you had not read the book first the storyline and purpose is hard to follow as they spend more time implying than explaining.
James Redfield was clearly over his head as a screen writer but at least he was honest. His mistake was recruiting Barnet Bain that botched “What Dreams My Come” (1998) to help botch “The Celestine Prophecy” (2006). Strange but I imagined that John Woodsen would be much older and better rounded. Maybe there will be a sequel as it has been set up in this film.
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This movie gave mare clarity to the written book. It opened one's understanding to the spiritual journey all humans are facing today.
I hope that they will create a sequel.
Enjoyed the movie. I had read the book in the 80's, and absolutely loved the book, and although a movie isn't quite the same as the book, this movie gives you a pretty good idea... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karen Elliott
If it was there at the time I ordered I didn't notice.....so waited over a month to get this movie and couldn't watch it cause it's for UK :(Published 16 months ago by Linda
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