J. Charles Banks, Editor
New Frontier Magazine & Asheville Magazine
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God
who has endowed us
of car crashes, increasing violence, sexual
While it is not clearly disclosed, I learned from different sources that J. Z. Knight (Ramtha) is the inspiration for this new-form documentary, with Arntz, Chasse, and Vicente being Ramtha followers. I knew some years back that actress Linda Evans was a part of, and promoted Ramtha. Now the Ramtha/J. Z. Knight folk bring together a group of scientists who support the philosophy of the channeled Ramtha phenomenon. I categorize this film a "paradigm-shifter," expanding our view of existence...a new blend. The cinematography was outstanding, with hi-tech animation, and the music very electrifying and in sync with the visuals...a la The Matrix. Whether or not this supports the Ramtha message didn't bother me. For me the jury is out on channeling and astrology. I simply go by the message. While Ramtha's message is ok, and while the tenacity of the whole Ramtha phenomena intrigues me, I am on sabbatical from cults. Oh, while there are no sexual innuendos, there is a sex scene, that may clap an "R" rating on this whole thing. Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin in the lead role, adds an air of further mystery to the production. They are also using some unique marketing techniques in promoting the film with tie-in instructional DVDs to follow..
After the phenomenal Mel Gibson blockbuster, The Passion of the Christ , and the attraction to the Harry Potter's wizardry, and Lord of the Rings mysticism, a trend is clear. Hollywood producer, Stephen Simon published a penetrating book, The Force Is with You: Mystical Movie Messages that Inspire our Lives, in which he discusses this growing trend in cinema, which has been on a marked rise over the past several decades. It is Simon’s view that Hollywood has in fact developed a new genre in cinema, much to its own surprise. Stephen Simon recently directed his first feature film, Indigo His two films of distinction with overtones of spirituality are Somewhere in Time, and What Dreams May Come, starring Robin Williams.
I am not sure if this is also the J. Z. Knight/Ramtha point of view, but it holds true for this film. Is this a cult film? Not really, although it is clear that the Ramtha philosophy is its essence. I found the film entertaining, and the message "paradigm-shifting." It is not an ad for Ramtha, and no attempt is made to gain followers.
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