The long-awaited (and long-dreaded) movie version of James Redfield's peculiar 1993 novel has arrived. A bulwark of New Age metaphysics -- 14 million copies in print -- it's a market-savvy fusion of pop cosmology and pulp thrills, and the film, directed by a TV veteran named Armand Mastroianni, dutifully follows suit. In the rain forests of Peru, seekers of wisdom and truth have discovered an ancient manuscript containing the Nine Insights of life -- vague stuff about personal energy fields and evolutionary flow -- that a devious Catholic bishop and the corrupt local military would like to suppress. It'll never happen: The story's young American hero (Matthew Settle) and a band of dedicated worthies mean to preserve the Insights and redeem the world, even as Peruvian rebels armed with machine guns do their best to steal everyone's personal energy before shooting them dead. Vast legions take Celestine and its two sequels as gospel; skeptics see the books as ecstatic nonsense. Either way, the moviemaking here is atrocious.
Director: Armand Mastroianni
Writer: James Redfield, Barnet Bain and Dan Gordon
Producer: Barnet Bain, Beverly J. Camhe, Terry Collis and James Redfield
Cast: Matthew Settle, Thomas Kretschmann, Sarah Wayne Callies, Annabeth Gish, Hector Elizondo, Joaquim de Almeida, JÃ¼rgen Prochnow, John Aylward, Obba BabatundÃ© and Robyn Cohen