Release date: August 22nd, 2011
Certificate (UK): E
Running time: 100 minutes
Director: Patrice Pooyard
Narrator: Brian Cox
They’re the most mysterious landmarks on the planet. It seems like they’ve always stood there, these silent observers of human history. But there’s so much about them we still don’t know or understand. Who built them, when, why and for what purpose? These are just some of the questions I’ve long pondered when it comes to the pyramids and this documentary is one of the most revealing I’ve ever come across on the subject.
Narrated by Brian Cox, it takes an in-depth look at not only the Great Pyramids of Egypt but also the other pyramids around the world. That’s right; there are pyramids in Peru, Mexico and even China. Director Patrice Pooyard has spent years studying and researching these magnificent wonders and his findings are nothing less than astounding. It starts by looking at how the Great Pyramid was built. With 2 million stone blocks that were precisely measured, cut and placed to line up perfectly horizontal and vertical within 1/50 of an inch, it’s believed to have been built in just 20 years using nothing more than copper chisels, stone mallets and ropes. It’s a remarkable feat of engineering even by today’s standards and Cox asks if it was even possible.
A perfect line can be drawn from Giza to other ancient sites such as Nazca and Easter Island, yet they’re thousands of miles apart. Even if they communicated with each other, it still doesn’t explain why the sites are on the same straight line. Mexico has 3 main pyramids just like Giza; the Sun, the Moon and the Feathered Snake pyramids and they’re also precisely cut, measured and built. These cultures didn’t exist simultaneously and yet they had much in common with each other. What’s also interesting is their art and stone work hieroglyphics seem to indicate flying machines and technologically advanced tools. Still, what does it all mean?
China’s own pyramids in northern Shen-his are just as mysterious, probably even more so because their government keeps them under wraps and they have rarely been filmed or photographed. We get a glimpse of them here courtesy of German explorer and writer Hartwig Hausdorf who was granted permission back in 1994. All of these ancient sites point to Giza, perhaps the answers are there too, so Revelation brings us back there for another look.
As fascinated as I was by all of this, I really wasn’t prepared for the next part of the documentary which looks at some of the mathematics involved in the building and alignment of the pyramids. An Egyptian researcher who wished to remain anonymous gave the filmmakers a trail to follow and I’m sure they were as stunned as I was. With equations for π, φ and even the speed of light all present in the configuration of the Great Pyramid, centuries before they were (re)discovered by the rest of the world, it begs the question again, what does it all mean?
Jean-Pierre Adam, an Architect and Archaeologist at the CNRS is a hardened sceptic and thinks we’re looking too much into it, but I for one would really like to know why the ancient Egyptians worked the measurement for the speed of light into the pyramids which we’ve always believed were nothing more than grand burial chambers. Ultimately Revelation asks us if these ancient sites could’ve been built with a message for us in the future, but despite its use of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s quote it doesn’t take the leap to offer up what that truth could be. With so much research and studies carried out, the experts haven’t taken the final leap and tell us what comes next. The pyramids have kept their secrets for this long and some might even say that it’s just not our time yet to know.
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