The Bottom Line
The notion that Jesus survived crucifixion, married Mary, moved to France, fathered a child who married French royalty--Merovingian kings, specifically--was presented in the nonfiction book Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982) and popularized in Dan Browne's novel, The Da Vinci Code.
- The film's cloak and dagger tone is somewhat entertaining
- The subject is interesting--especially to Christians.
- Impact: If proven true, the bloodline theory could cause a bigger church scandal than child abuse.
- The film's cloak and dagger tone undermines it's credibility and authenticity.
- The nonstop background music, designed to drive home the suspense, is quite annoying.
- The film's central characters--inluding Burgess--really don't seem credible.
- Asking Burgess to stand guard, Hammott chooses to dig for the mummy in the middle of the night. Why dig in darkness?
- Scholars identify the relics and mummy as originating in the first century AD, which would be the right timeframe.
- Nicholas Haywood comments that Burgess has been selected as the person who is to reveal the truth about Jesus and Mary.
Guide Review - Bloodline (2008) - Movie Review
Hammott, who seems to be both paranoid and inept, finds clues leading to ancient bottles containing fragile parchment notes which lead to boxes with telltale treasures. Hammott's handling of supposedly priceless relics is stunningly careless. Burgess films his bull-in-china-shop behavior without so much as murmuring, "Hey, be careful with that."
Another important witness, Nicholas Haywood, claims insider knowledge about the illusive Priory of Sion's membership and secrets. He guides Burgess with innuendo-laden nods and glances that seem ludicrous.
Other witnesses point to coded works of art--a stained glass window where Mary looks pregnant, for example--but their commentary isn't convincingly revelatory.
Burgess, placing himself in the action, films his alternatively amazed and mystified expressions in extreme closeup from odd angles. He disappears down dark alleys and whispers as though he doesn't want anyone (but you) to hear his comments.
The cloak and dagger stuff is laughable. The narrative indicates mysterious deaths, but there's no evidence that cast and crew are in danger. The entire group, including Burgess, would serve well as model players in a Christopher Guest mocumentary about the Holy Grail. Hey, that's not a bad idea!