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Apocalypse: Caught in the Eye of the Storm (1998)

Apocalypse (original title)
PG | | Drama, Thriller | Video
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Two news broadcasters, through investigation, find that they were left behind after the biblical rapture.

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Leigh Lewis ...
Richard Nester ...
Bronson Pearl
Sam Bornstein ...
David Roddis ...
Len Parker
David Wand ...
Agent Domi
Toni Carey ...
Grandma
Michael Halkusis ...
General Alizar
Rexella Van Impe ...
Herself
Jack Van Impe ...
Himself (as Dr. Jack Van Impe)
Mel Prout ...
Jim
Maria Lianos ...
Janet Shutt / Voice Over
Tara Goudrea ...
Suzette
Leanne Scott ...
Eve
Paris Bonsu ...
Steve
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Kerry
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Bronson Pearl and Helen Hannah are two news broadcasters who are covering the impending war in Israel. Yet, suddenly millions of people disappear, then a new leader performs an incredible miracle. These are astounding media events. Helen soon comes to the realization that these times are fulfilling biblical prophesy... and she was left behind. Written by Cindy Holden

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Two people. Two beliefs. One choice. See more »

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Rated PG for violence and thematic material
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Peter Gerretsen's final film before he passed away of lung cancer on August 16, 2005. See more »

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Franco Macalusso is the Antichrist. He sometimes wears glasses. This would not occur in reality because the Antichrist is Satan... a fallen angel, and he cannot be killed. Therefore, he would not need glasses to correct his vision. See more »

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Helen Hannah: What's it going to take to convince you that this is real?
Bronson Pearl: You know what it's going to take, Helen? If Franco Macalusso shows up at that press conference tomorrow carrying a pitchfork.
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Edited into Vanished (1998) See more »

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Written and Performed by Don Francisco
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gripping, ambitious Christian film
4 August 1999 | by (WA) – See all my reviews

As a Christian, I get frustrated by how rarely my religion is honorably depicted on film, for most of the time, Christian characters are depicted as "misguided", "stuck-up," or else downright villainous. It is a frustrating stereotype, and I am glad that such films as Apocalypse exist to give honor to what I believe to be an honorable religion.

Apocalypse is a film that relies on a strong storyline and likeable characters, rather than a fancy set. As appearances go, the film comes off looking like somebody's home video(this is not a bad thing, considering that this is a low budget picture), but as the plot thickens and the characters grow(and their performances, particularly Richard Nestor's, grow on you), it is easy to get past this and get lost into the story. And what a story it is! Writers Peter and Paul Lalonde have constructed a thought-provoking script that depicts the coming of an all-powerful world leader who turns out to be the Anti-Christ, and his effect on the world and the people with in it. His coming particularly impacts news anchor Helen Hannah(Leigh Lewis, who gives an exceptional performance), a woman who would rather rely on her own instincts than on faith,despite the words of warning from her Grandmother, who believes that the chaos rocking their world(including a potential nuclear war) is a symbol that they are in their last days and that God is coming. Helen listens, but takes no account until a fatal day when, with only seconds remaining until the earth faces the danger of being destroyed by nuclear weapons, powerful leader Franco Macaluso comes into the picture and all violence stops. The planes containing nuclear weapons vanish, and so do millions of people all over the world, including Helen's grandmother. With Macaluso dubbing himself the true Messiah and claiming responsibility to these disappearances, it does not take long for Helen to realize that her grandmother was correct about God, and correct in the fact that the world was, in fact, entering its last days. With that in mind, Helen becomes a Believer and soon realizes that Macaluso, who is uniting the world through a hatred of God, must be the Anti-Christ. She tries to warn fellow anchor man Bronson Pearl(Nestor), but he has become so swept up in the "changes" Macaluso is making within the world that he continuously refuses to see the obvious signs that determine Macaluso's true identity until it is too late.

As Macaluso and his evil assistant(David Roddis) continue to overpower the world, all you can do is hope that the new Believers Helen and Bronson will come through, but anyone familiar with the Bible knows otherwise. "Apocalypse" proves to be a good character study, with a strong, impacting ending that makes one eager to see "Revelation" and the future "Tribulation." These are films to be admired.


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