Genius is a new and chilling movie based on the life and tragic murder of John Lennon.
“It's chilling because it reveals what people will do for money,” said Ray Comfort, the producer of the Los Angeles-based film company that made the movie. “There are ordinary people out there who would kill you. All they need is the right amount of money and the belief that they won't get caught."
Just before he was murdered, John Lennon told Playboy magazine that he didn't want to die at 40. Ironically the famous singer was gunned down at the age of 40 by a man who killed him just because he wanted to become famous.
Comfort said, “Many think that John Lennon was a musical genius. His music has crossed cultures and even generations—the Beatles have sold more than 2.3 billion record albums, and in June of 2012 they hit No. 1 on iTunes. They are as big now as they ever were and they're half dead—with the tragic loss of Lennon and Harrison.”
Comfort's last movie, 180, received more than 3.7 million views on YouTube and aired on television around the world. Genius has been released for free viewing on GeniusTheMovie.com to coincide with the Dec. 8th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.
While taking a look at the life and death of Lennon, Genius records interviews with random people off the street—similar to 180—and asks them if they'd murder someone for money.
Ken Mansfield, the former U.S. manager for Apple Records said, “Genius will open your eyes.”
Other reviewers have called it “fast-paced, thought-provoking and compelling.” It is being promoted as “33 minutes that will rock your soul.”
Comfort added, “Abraham Lincoln said, 'Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.' That's what John Lennon did. He pushed the musical envelope of creativity.”
Click below to watch a trailer for Genius.