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BLESS THE CHILD (2000).
A film about a Christ like child that brings healing, resurrection and life. The story centers on the battle between Heaven and the demonic force.

-Review by David Bruce


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and was updated on May 23, 2005


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Directed by Chuck Russell
Novel by
Cathy Cash Spellman
Screenplay by Thomas Rickman, Clifford Green, and Ellen Green

Kim Basinger .... Maggie O'Connor = Virgin Mary
Holliston Coleman .... Cody O'Connor = the Christ Child
Angela Bettis .... Jenna O'Connor = type of fatherless birth -symbol of God's concern
Jimmy Smits .... Agent John Travis = Michael the Archangel
Rufus Sewell .... Eric Stark = Satan incarnate, an Anti-Christ
Christina Ricci .... Cheri = Angel Gabriel
Ian Holm ..,. Priest = a prophet foretelling the struggle
Eugene Lipinski .... Stuart = an agenr (demon) of Satan

Produced by Bruce Davey (executive), Stratton Leopold (co-producer), Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme (executive)
Original music by Christopher Young
Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr.
Film Editing by Alan Heim

Mankind's last hope just turned six.

STUDIO SYNOPSIS:
Click for larger imageOmens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's (Kim Basinger) well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital -- that is, until her wayward kid sister, Jenna (Angela Bettis), shows up on her doorstep one rainy Christmas Eve and saddles Maggie with an autistic newborn child named Cody (Holliston Coleman).
Cody quickly touches Maggie's heart and becomes the daughter she has always longed for.

Click for larger imageBut six years later Jenna suddenly re-enters her life and, with her mysterious new husband, Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell), abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis (Jimmy Smits), an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children.

Click for larger imageThe little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child and the love she inspires in those she touches.

David BruceBLESS THE CHILD (2000).
A film about a Christ like child that brings healing, resurrection and life. The story centers on the battle between Heaven and the demonic force.

-Review by David Bruce

Click for larger imageJenna O'Connor is drug addict who can not remember who the father of her child is. Her baby arrives near Christmas day and a special star in the night sky signifies that this is a child with a mission from God. The relationship between the child and the life of Jesus is obvious throughout the entire film.

The fact that this is a autistic child born to a drug addict also says something about God's concern and love for all of us. God's plan is to bring the world to God through this newborn autistic child.

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Although Cody is born a Christ child, there is no virgin birth. But there is a type of it. The baby is taken in by Maggie, the sister of Jenna. Maggie is a unable to have children -thus she serves as a type of the Virgin Mother. Maggie later prays to God in the presence of a Virgin Mary statue -further establishing the connection.

Powder = Life of Christ.Click to go to ELIZABETHClick to go to THE PHANTOM MENACEOther films with "Virgin Mothers" include Star Wars Episode 1, Elizabeth, and Powder

Click for larger imageClick for larger imageThe Bible tells of angels that protected the Christ child. And so it is with Cody. Early on there are images of angels shown in association with Cody. Cheri, a former cult member is a "guardian angel" in the film, warming Maggie of the evil plots against the child. She serves the story as a type of Gabriel.
Click here to go to CITY OF ANGELESProphecy uses the Bible for its story.Click to go to PROPHECY llOther films with Angels include, Prophecy, Prophech 2, City of Angels
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Michael is mentioned in the BibleClick to go to GREEN MILEClick to go to JESUSIn similar scenes John Travolta resurrects a puppie dog in Michael, and boy Jesus resurrects a bird in the Jesus Series, and John Coffey resurrets a mouse in Green Mile
Click for larger imageThe Christ like characteristics of Cody are established early on. She resurrects a dove that died of a broken neck. She brings light to a prayer chapel by supernaturally lighting all the candles. Establishing her as a "light of the world" and as a messenger of "the resurrection and the life."
Click to go to STIGMATAClick to go to SPITFIRE GRILLClick to go to THE FIFTH ELEMENTOther films that feature women as Christ figures include Stigmata, Spitfire Grill, Fifth Element
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Click for larger imageClick for larger imageThe slaughter of the Jewish babies is an important part of the Moses and Jesus stories. Satan tries to eliminated the special messengers from God, and just so in this story as well. The Evil One comes in the form of a self help guru, Erik Stark. He is a popular speaker and author. His central theme is, "You are your own god." He and his henchmen plan the successful kidnapping of Cody.

Click here to go to Prince of EgpytDevil's Advocate is very unusal.Click to go to JESUSThe slaughter of the innocent is a major component of Prince of Egypt. Movies with Satan as a business man include Devil's Advocate and even the recent Jesus Series
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