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The Mark (2012)

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Chad Turner (Craig Sheffer) has been implanted with the only working biometric computer chip (aka The Mark of the Beast) in the world. The chip has the power to change the world with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Sheffer ... Chad Turner
Sonia Couling ... Dao
Eric Roberts ... Cooper
Gary Daniels ... Joseph Pike
Iván Kamarás ... Phyllip Turk
Carey Scott ... Ted, Co-Pilot
David Cuddy David Cuddy ... Gregory, Captain
James Chankin James Chankin ... Jeremy Turner
Charlie Ruedpokanon ... Jiri
Gigi Velicitat Gigi Velicitat ... Graham
Ron Smoorenburg ... Arlo
Byron Gibson ... Jensen
Sarah Deakins ... Jodi
John Marengo John Marengo ... Donny
Bruce Blain ... Air Marshal (as Bruce Blian)
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Chad Turner (Craig Sheffer) has been implanted with the only working biometric computer chip (aka The Mark of the Beast) in the world. The chip has the power to change the world with whoever controls it and Joseph Pike (Gary Daniels) is determined acquire the chip even in the face of the most unforeseen event "The Rapture". Pike has taken hostage Mr.Cooper (Eric Roberts) the head of security of Avanti the chip maker in order to help locate Turner and deliver the chip to his boss. Amongst the chaos Chad Turner must beat all odds to stay alive and keep the chip from falling into the wrong hands. Written by IvanWong

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mark: Flight 777 See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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During the flight a movie is playing in first class. The movie is called Jerusalem Countdown with David A.R. White and Randy Travis. It is a fellow Pureflix film. See more »

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At 1:19:59 the airplane rear door is opened and plane flies without the door. At 1:23:32 the door is back intact on the plane. See more »

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Followed by The Mark: Redemption (2013) See more »

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Entertaining and Well Produced

This was a surprisingly good movie that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. As a producer and director, I did find a few weak points of the film, but then again, that is part of my training.

The overall story is strong, the acting is strong and the believability is strong from my perspective as a viewer who has watched and reviewed a plethora of movies while in film school and as a director and producer.

THE WEAK AREAS:

* The hand to hand fight sequences with the lead actor.

It seemed obvious that little combat training or coaching, if any, was provided to the lead actor,

Several fight sequences lacked enthusiasm, intensity, style or technique and reminded me of a horrible film pilot I worked on a few years ago, that didn't even make it through post-production.

Those particular scenes were key to the conflict rise in the film and were pretty soft. It would've been better to have brought in a couple of stunt doubles for these scenes in the lower sections of the airplane cavities and made them more intense.

* The airplane had no airplane noises, how is that possible?

That was either an editor or director decision. Not having ambient airplane sound, even at a low volume was a really poor decision in this production, since much of the movie takes place in the plane.

This was even more critical in areas of the plane where there absolutely would have been high volumes of sound.

There is no excuse for poor sound design, since it does not affect the film budget or require much additional time in post-production to lay the audio track.

* Everything about the story was tight, except for two areas of the film where it felt and looked like most "Faith Based Films". The story would not of suffered with a subtle approach. No one likes being pulled out at the beginning of the rising conflict to be told the motive up front. Find a way to reveal it without having to interrupt the flow with overtly obvious dialog.

THE STRONG AREAS:

The acting was very strong throughout almost all of the movie, Great actresses and actors, good story, very well told. However, out of the entire film, the weakest acting showed up with the lead character.

Again, there is something about most faith based films when I watch them, that look almost identical from movie to movie, especially these end-time movies. I am a fan of end time stories, but to make them work, you must keep the intensity tight.

I don't know if its the story, the Director interpretation of the story, the editor, or the actors inability to pull it off. It might even be all of them. There is just something undefinable that in one or two key scenes, the acting of the lead seem weak and unbelievable.

I saw the same thing in the first two Left Behind series movies Kirk Cameron was in. The third Left Behind, "World At War" was the exception, with tighter acting and more believable acting. In World At War, they killed off the weak actor in the beginning which was the smartest decision that could've been made. Had they kept that weak actor, the film would've sucked, but instead it was one of the best faith based films about end time events, made to date.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this movie as a viewer and a film maker. As far as films with a faith based underlying theme, it was on the higher end of believability and entertaining.

I've watched lots of higher budget films that were not as good as The Mark. If the writer, director and editor of The Mark sequel can manage to pull off the tight balance of telling the story subtly without creating a pause in the flow in its delivery of its motive, than it will be a winner.

Worth watching - I think so . Movie Value - I gave it a score of 6. I would've given it a 5 1/2 if that rating was an option.


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