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The Hunt for the Hidden Relic (2002)

Das Jesus Video (original title)
Steffen Vogt is helping out at a German archaeological excavation in Israel when he finds a 2,000-year-old skeleton holding the instructions for a video camera dating from the year 2003. ... See full summary »

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Sebastian Niemann
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Matthias Koeberlin Matthias Koeberlin ... Steffen
Naike Rivelli ... Sharon
Manou Lubowski ... Yehoshua
Hans Diehl Hans Diehl ... Scafaro
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ... John Kaun
Heinrich Giskes Heinrich Giskes ... Professor Willfort
Robinson Reichel ... Roland Jung
Klaus Grünberg Klaus Grünberg ... Man with broken nose
Pierre Semmler Pierre Semmler ... Christopher
Frank Scharl Frank Scharl ... Ryan
Mario Holetzeck Mario Holetzeck ... Dan
Gode Benedix Gode Benedix ... Dr. Simmon (as Gode Bendix)
Torsten Jerabek Torsten Jerabek ... Agent 1
Andreas Cremer Andreas Cremer ... Agent 2
Dounia Tazi Dounia Tazi ... Ausgrabungshelferin
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Steffen Vogt is helping out at a German archaeological 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 head of the ... Written by Anonymous

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An adventure that started 2000 years ago...


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 December 2002 (Germany) See more »

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The Hunt for the Hidden Relic See more »

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Casablanca, Morocco See more »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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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The imprint of the second page should have appeared mirrored. See more »

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Version of Jesus Video 3D See more »

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Why didn't they use ANY of the novel's original ideas?
18 December 2002 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

I almost always avoid to compare movies to the novels they're based upon. You can't film a 600 page book and stay true to the text. That film would be 10 hours long, have endless dialogue scenes and be terribly boring. So I do agree, a screenplay writer has to simplify the story. But `Jesus Video' goes way too far to be acceptable. The book offered an amazing story (time-traveller presumably filmed J.C. Superstar, surely envied by Cecil B De Mille, but where did he leave the camera for the world to see?), many new ideas and surprising turns. Andreas Eschbach, the author, had a very clever way of never letting you easily guess what will happen next. His characters think a lot about the problems of time-travelling and the origins of religious belief, a fascinating concept. The movie script abandoned all creative ideas and all logical thought that made the book so impressive, instead it replaced them by a stupid action story we have seen a thousand times before: hey, that guy stole something that rightfully belongs to us! Let's chase him, torture him, kill him! Thus, a breathtaking story full of suspense was turned into a violent, boring 3 hour movie. 3 hours should be plenty of time to develop a clever storyline! Why were the producers scared and preferred to waste the huge potential? For example, the professor (in the book) is in a difficult situation, standing between his employer and the hero (his student). In the end, he is the key figure to the solution. In the movie however, they somehow didn't know what to do with him, since they wanted to rewrite the ending anyway (with another big explosion if possible), so somebody just shoots the professor in the middle of the film without any convincing motive. Bang, bang, one character less to write lines for, story even more simple from now on. The movie's only virtue is: every five minutes, somebody fires a gun to keep you awake.

This is definitely not a candidate for the `worst film ever'. It just is so depressing that this particular novel offered something we rarely get to see: new ideas, no cliches! But the movie doesn't use ANY of these ideas and delivers a below average action movie (I voted 3/10) instead. Such a waste of potential is annoying.

In opposite to a few other reviewers here, I think the actors did okay (within the limited possibilities the script gave them). Naike Rivelli reminded me so much of her mother, screen legend Ornella Muti, in the early 1980s. I'm looking forward to see more movies with this talented young lady, but please not `Jesus Video 2 - Pontius Strikes Back"!


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