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The Hunt for the Hidden Relic (2002)

Das Jesus Video (original title)
STEFFEN VOGT, aged around 25, is helping out at a German archeological excavation in Israel when he finds a 2,000-year-old skeleton holding the instructions for a video camera dating from ... See full summary »

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Matthias Koeberlin ...
Steffen
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Sharon
Manou Lubowski ...
Yehoshua
Hans Diehl ...
Scafaro
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ...
John Kaun
Heinrich Giskes ...
Professor Willfort
Robinson Reichel ...
Roland Jung
Klaus Grünberg ...
Man with broken nose
Pierre Semmler ...
Christopher
Frank Scharl ...
Ryan
Mario Holetzeck ...
Dan
Gode Benedix ...
Dr. Simmon (as Gode Bendix)
Torsten Jerabek ...
Agent 1
Andreas Cremer ...
Agent 2
Dounia Tazi ...
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STEFFEN VOGT, aged around 25, is helping out at a German archeological excavation in Israel when he finds a 2,000-year-old skeleton holding the instructions for a video camera dating from the year 2003. The bones also show traces of the present day. His theory of a time-traveler who made a video of Jesus is laughed at by everyone, however, including SHARON, an attractive Israeli woman he adores. Although no one appears to believe him, his find certainly seems to have generated interest: Steffen is attacked shortly afterwards in his hotel room by strange men; then he discovers that the German embassy and the secret service are after him; and when his friend DAN is murdered, he goes into hiding. His only true ally is Sharon. Steffen's theory seems to be correct: financier and time-travel expert KAUN turns up at the excavations in person and carries out several elaborate subterranean measurements at the Wailing Wall # where he believes the camera has been hidden. He is assisted by the ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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5 December 2002 (Germany)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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One of the two helicopters on the chase near the end, the white and orange one, has a Spanish registration number: EC-FJA. Just some months after the release of the movie, this helicopter suffered an accident while performing fire-fighting tasks. Fortuntelly, all 7 on board escaped unharmed, but the main rotor caught fire and the whole aircraft was destroyed on this new fire. See more »

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When researching about the camera, it is revealed that its release date lies three years in the future. It is quite impossible that the camera's specifications and its manual are already on the web-page of the manufacturer. See more »

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Better than the book; worse than the book
13 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not another Nazi film, although is is German, and it is eerily similar to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Based upon a novel by Andreas Eschbach, you get two contrasting opinions on the film compared to the book. At over three hours, you will think you are reading a novel, rather than watching a film.

It is a suspense thriller/time-travel movie. Archaeologists find bones that are carbon dated at 2000 years, but there are amalgam fillings in the teeth and a rod in the leg that can only be seven years old. In addition, there is a plastic bag withe instructions for a video camera that is not even on the market.

Only one explanation, and the German title, Das Jesus Video, gives a better clue to what was going on.

While the archaeologists are trying to decipher the riddle, there is a group led by a man in a secret organization descended from the Spanish Inquisition, much like Silas in The Da Vinci Code. Both have no qualms about killing for Jesus.

Lots of action, and great stunt work, along with blood and torture, as the two groups go after the video camera that allegedly has the face of Jesus. Some surprises at the end, as expected, which add to the mystery.


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