Posted: 02/02/2010


The Murder of Mary Magdalene

by Rick Villalobos

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A conspiracy theory is just like a stale potato chip. It’s tough to chew on and one is never enough. The average American is known for eating fattening foods, while sitting on the couch, watching television. It is a conspiracy. Television has poisoned our minds. Who would have thought that all of those Pringles commercials would do us harm one day? Yes, corporate America wants us to eat as many chips as we can so that they can diminish the human population and control American society - one obese bastard at a time. Well, this theory may be a bit farfetched, but then again, which theory based on loose facts and historical evidence is not? It is fun thinking the world is out to get you.

Reality Films, an independent film company, has continued where Dan Brown’s Davinci Code has left off with a new documentary called the Murder of Mary Magdalene. Diving deeper into the theories and religious beliefs that have made films like the Davinci Code a success, Reality Films promises to answer the ultimate question: did the Catholic church eliminate the holy blood line? With top-notch researchers and experts in the field of the unknown, the Murder of Mary Magdalene presents a new perspective to an old and timeless hypothesis.

There is nothing better than the smell of a good conspiracy theory in the morning. It adds to the fresh feeling of paranoia set in by the glare of the morning sun.

An outrageous title needs an outrageous explanation. The Murder of Mary Magdalene is a fascinating documentary with no true conclusion. Like every other documentary with a similar theme, it falls short of providing a clear understanding of the subject in question. This film offers interesting tidbits of more of the same – questionable historical evidence leading up to the question at hand – was one of the most prominent figures in Christendom killed? Who knows? Unfortunately this documentary guides us through a labyrinth of facts that are confusing and chaotic at best. Conspiracy junkies will like this film for its attempt. Granted, it is a good one, but not good enough.

The appearance of the film was mediocre. It lacked any sense of a completed and polished product. The camera work was jumpy and dull. The graphics were second-rate. Still, all of these set backs were not surprising, coming from an independent film company. It actually added to the films authenticity.

Rick Villalobos is a writer and film critic in Chicago.

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