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The Genius Club

By Timothy A. Chey (Director), Jack Scalia (Actor) & Stephen Baldwin (Actor)
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Seven people who are deemed to be among the smartest in the world are given a rude awakening on Christmas Eve. Summoned to solve the planet's problems, the group are given just one night to accomplish the task.

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Actors: Cloud Ten Pictures, Philip Moon, Jack Scalia, Tom Sizemore, Paula Jai Parker
Directors: Tim Chey
Cinematographers: Tyler Allison
Format: Color,   DVD,   Widescreen,   NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audience Rating: Unrated
Studio: Cloud Ten Pictures
Running Time: 108.00 minutes
Record Label   Cloud Ten Pictures
Format   Color / DVD / Widescreen / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.17 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Sep 2, 2008
Publisher   E1 Entertainment
Age  12
ISBN  5557380116  
ISBN13  9785557380119  
UPC  745638008638  

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1DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( B ) > Baldwin, Stephen
2DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( M ) > Moon, Philip
3DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( P ) > Parker, Paula Jai
4DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( S ) > Scalia, Jack
5DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( S ) > Sizemore, Tom
6DVD > Genres > Drama > General
7DVD > Genres > Mystery & Suspense > General
8DVD > Genres > Mystery & Suspense > Thrillers

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Reviews - What do customers think about Genius Club?

So much potential  Jul 30, 2009
This film had so much potential.

Think of the plot: a madman is threatening to blow up a nuclear bomb in Washington D.C. unless a group of brillant men and women can solve his riddles.

They have until sun-up.

Sounds like a nice thriller right?

All night the bag guy asks questions and if the group answers correctly, they win points. They have to earn so many points to stop the bomb.

The first mistake was casting Stephen Baldwin as one of the geniuses.

The second mistake was writing a script that has almost nothing to do with the plot.

Even Tom Sizemore as the villain couldn't save this low-budget fiasco.

So much promise with nowhere to go.
Where are the geniuses?  Mar 22, 2009
I didn't know what to expect from "The Genius Club". It seemed to be something of a "love it or hate it" movie, judging from some reviews and its IMDb rating. Knowing it was made by Tim Chey, who made the amateurish rapture movie, "Gone", I feared it might be another badly made evangelistic movie. On the other hand, the premise, some of the world's (or at least the USA's) smartest people gather to find the solution to world problems in a day, sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't do much with the premise. Not much happens in two hours except for the discussions of the "genius club". The riddles start out easy (why is toner ink so expensive?) and progress into questions of war, famine and the existence of God. Movies based on dialogue can be great, if they're smart and well written, but "The Genius Club" is rather pedestrian, the answes to the riddles often obvious. None of the characters come off as geniuses, nor does the screenwriter. The discussions are more like those of a randomly selected group of reasonably intelligent people. Towards the end there are some character development and some of the actors do a good job (Baldwin is surprisingly good) while some don't. The question of God's existence gives a hint there's Christian money and ideas behind this film, but it's not too preachy. On the other hand, the arguments on both sides are the same old, same old, including the tired old Descartes and C.S Lewis arguments, not exactly the stuff of genius. It certainly doesn't "prove God exists" as the DVD cover would suggest.

So, it it worth watching? It's hard to say. I think "The Genius Club" wants to be, tries to be and thinks it is, smarter than it really is and that if you're interested in philosophy the film offers nothing new. On the other hand, some people loved it, so you may want to give it a chance. I would have given it 2½ stars if I could but since I can't, and three stars seem to much, it gets two stars from me.
Wanted to like it....  Mar 7, 2009
I really wanted to like this movie. Unfortunately I just didn't get it. I felt that there was too much going on and not enough focus. To me the theme was off base. The cover said prove God exists, but that didn't really seem to be the theme of the movie at all. It was more about why do bad things happen to good people? I think the movie could have been better. It was almost as if they had a great idea but failed to edit the script before arriving at the final product. At the end of the day, I'm not sorry I bought this movie. I will continue to buy anything Stephen Baldwin participates in. I was a huge fan of his before he became a Christian. As I got out of college and began developing my faith, Stephen Baldwin also became a Christian and starting making Christian movies. It kind of was cool to witness that and see the difference it not only made in his life but even the movies he makes. I love Stephen Baldwin and feel he is making a difference in Hollywood . I support whatever he does and will continue to purchase all the movies he participates in.
Godd Discussion Starter   Feb 21, 2009
A friend lent me this movie and I enjoyed it. It provided food for thought as they discussed several of the important questions facing mankind today. They didn't really solve the problems and I would have liked to have heard more discussion about God but the movie gave God more credit than most. I thought the end was a little anticlimactic and left some questions unanswered but other than that it was a good, thought provoking movie that is perfectly suitable for family movie night.
The meaning of life in a profound way  Jan 3, 2009
I agree with the review from Video Viewer which summed it up, "this is a powerful film that plays games with your mind like no other movie I have seen."

This is a wild and smart film. I ended the film feeling exactly what others felt that I've discovered something very important. How often to do we ever discuss the meaning of life in a profound way.

What I loved the most was the breaking of taboos and the internal struggles with each character and how that related to the question posed by Armand (the terrorist or revolutionist or whatever they call him).

The acting was insanely good, especially the actor who played the American President. Really loved each of the character's unique take on the world's problems. And the actor who played Armand was brilliant. Everyone did well.

The discussion on God was phenomenal. When does a discussion on Hume ever take place in a movie? The film really draws you in and, for everything it's worth, never lets up. Every viewpoint is shown and discussed intelligently and rather remarkably.

5 out of 5 stars most definitely.

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