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This week, television and film studios showed an admirable sense of reverence, appropriateness, and responsibility by postponing and canceling the release of violent, destruction-filled movies out of respect for the nation's wounded state. (Makes sense to me: When someone has broken bones, it's probably unwise to invite them to a playful bout of wrestling.) Meanwhile, 8x Entertainment went ahead and released the apocalyptic Christian movie Megiddo: The Omega Code 2. Some theatre owners refused to show the film, concerned that vivid imagery of stylized violence and war in the Middle East might be unsuitable entertainment for audiences in the wake of September 11. But in the places where it was shown, Megiddo, which was funded by Trinity Broadcasting, had the highest per-screen average of any movie released this week.

At the studio's official site, producer Matthew Crouch defended his decision to release the film

So as to be sensitive to a grieving nation, we have examined the possibility of delaying the release of Megiddo. After much staff prayer and consultation with pastors, we are convinced that we must stay on schedule to release Megiddo around the world. The overwhelming consensus is that we are releasing a movie containing an answer to the question that we did not even know would be asked. … Who could have foreseen that it would be a motion picture that rallies the resiliency and determination of the American people in the midst of catastrophe?

Critical responses failed to support Crouch's claim that Megiddo is rallying "the resiliency and determination of the American people." Mainstream critics almost ignored the film. John Monaghan's review at The Detroit Free Press and The Seattle Times writes, "While devoid of graphic ...

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