In 2006, the major studio Columbia Pictures put out "The Da Vinci Code" with great fanfare, including a week of "On the Road with the Code"publicity from NBC’s "Today" show. Based on a massive best-seller, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, it had the full power of Hollywood behind it. It also happened to be a vicious smear on Christianity and the Catholic Church, a ridiculous tinfoil-hat conspiracy movie based on wacky theories like Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a baby.
At the eye of its murderous historical hurricane, "Code"especially trashed the Catholic order Opus Dei, founded in 1928 by the Spanish priest Josemaria Escriva (designated in 2002 as St. Josemaria Escriva by the Vatican). The scariest villain was an albino monk, and it made no difference to Hollywood that "Code" author Dan Brown made stuff up, like the idea that Opus Dei had monks.
On May 6, a small cinematic rebuttal of sorts surfaced, a movie with the title "There Be Dragons." The only instantly recognizable Hollywood name attached to it is director Roland Joffe, who was nominated for Best Director on his first two feature films ("The Killing Fields" in 1984, "The Mission" in 1986).