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Film Review: Left Behind

"Left Behind creates and encourages dialogue about a serious subject but ultimately leaves much to be explored."

Left Behind,  is a new film adaptation based on the books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The film centers on the chaos that ensues after the instantaneous disappearance of millions of people worldwide due to the coming of Christ for his church, an event known as “the rapture.”

In Left Behind most of the action takes place on the streets of New York City, following a young college student, Chloe, as she searches for her missing brother and mother, and in an airliner bound for London, which follows Chloe’s father, the plane’s pilot, as he deals with emotional and mechanical problems that result from the rapture. The film moves forward on the twin tracks of the characters’ coming to the realization of the cause of the bizarre disappearances and the stressful need to land the crippled and quickly defueling airliner.
Left Behind is a good step in the right direction in terms of theology however the film falls short in acting, special effects and action. Director Vic Armstrong tries to build a blockbuster film around the acting chops of Nicholas Cage but ultimately falls short.In essence Left Behind comes across like a badly written science fiction film. And although the filmmakers seem to think they've delivered a genuinely terrifying conclusion at the end of the film, the only frightening moment is an utterance from one surviving character: "I'm afraid this is just the beginning."
Let's just  hope the Left Behind sequel  improves dramatically.

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