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LEFT BEHIND

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Apocalyptic thrillers have always been one of my favorite movie genres…that was until I stumbled across LEFT BEHIND (2014) starring Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, and Cassi Thomson. Unsure of whether it wants to be a film expounding love and Christian values, or a disaster movie with eye popping special effects, LEFT BEHIND effectively manages to alienate audiences on both sides of the aisle. I’m shocked that a movie of this low a calibre would have such a wide theatrical release.

It’s the biblical rapture, and within a millisecond, the world is plunged into total chaos. Countless millions of people simultaneously vanish off the face of the earth, and in their wake, civilization is left to deal with the terror. Unmanned planes falling out of the skies, a skeleton crew of first-responders left to deal with the devastation, and a remaining civilization without any answers.

Within minutes, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a made-for-television-movie with the cheeky dialogue and predictability of the storyline. Based on the novel LEFT BEHIND written by Tim Lattaye and Jerry B. Jenkins back in 1995, this 2014 version is the second time the story has been brought to the screen with the Kirk Cameron taking the lead role back in 2000.

Touted as the most important event in mankind’s history, the rapture’s Christian message is quickly lost amongst the screams and panic of the special effects. In an attempt to meld two separate genres, the director only succeeded in bringing us a film that services neither. A surprising career low for one of my favorite actors, Nicolas Cage. Directed by Vic Armstrong, Rated PG-13, 110 Minutes, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, *1 star out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin October 31, 2014
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