Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Left Behind: The Movie (2001) - 5 stars out of 10

Left Behind: The Movie (2001) - 5 stars out of 10

“Left Behind” is a film adaptation of the amazing Christian book series.  This imagining of the Rapture and the second-coming of Christ vividly brings the Biblical prophecies into a real-world perspective.  And it does it much better than the 2014 attempt.  The fact that they tell an actual story puts this far above the universally panned Nicholas Cage reboot.  In that version, they literally wrote the antagonist out of the story!  You could watch the two movies back to back and think that they were completely different stories.  And you would decide that this one is much better, so just skip the reboot.  The acting and special effects in a low-budget Christian film will never live up to that of a mainstream theatrical release, but this film is certainly better than a made-for-tv movie.  Kirk Cameron is the only actor of any notoriety amongst this bunch, but they all hold their own with actors from “real” movies.  The writers pour on the Christian testimony pretty strong at one point, but the entire story revolves around it so it didn’t seem out of place.  A bit overdramatic, but not out of place.  In spite of its low-budget, independent feel, I have no issue recommending “Left Behind” if you are interested in getting a glimpse of how the Rapture may unfold some day.

[Pictured: The acting isn’t great but it certainly exceeds expectation for a low-budget film]

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