Rayford Steele is an airline pilot whose relationship with his wife has gone sour;he ponders having an affair with an attractive flight attendant, Hattie Durham. In the midst of a flight to London, a number of their passengers mysteriously disappear, and chaos takes hold as a number of vehicles on the ground and in the air are suddenly unmanned. Meanwhile, Buck Williams, a television journalist, is pondering the rash of sudden disappearances as he works on a report about Dr. Chaim Rosenzweig, an Israeli scientist who has devised a formula that would make any soil on earth easy to cultivate. However, Buck wonders if there's more to Rosenzweig than he first imagined when he discovers the doctor is in cahoots with two multi-millionaires who plan to broker the invention to promote their own agenda of international domination.Written by
First up, I will say that I am a Christian, and I will say that the majority of Christian movies I have seen up to this point have been very disappointing. Although the messages they have tried to get across have been obvious, the filmmakers have not conveyed those messages well. This, however, is usually not their fault, as there is usually some sort of low budget handicap hindering these movies. Even keeping that in mind, the movies are not enjoyable. "Left Behind", on the other hand, is.
In comparison to those previously mentioned "other Christian movies", "Left Behind" is a great effort to present the story of Revelation seriously and realistically. I have never had a chance to read any of the "Left Behind" books, which I have really wanted to do, so I cannot compare the movie to them. Granted, it is not a "perfect 10" or anything, but I will say that it was a very well made movie. The acting was pretty good, and the special effects were, well, decent.
There were only two things I really did not like about the movie. One was the writing. It was simply not written as well as it could have been. It was somewhat cliched, and there were a few "groaner" lines, things that people would never, ever, say in real life. The other was the music. For the most part, the soundtrack was pretty good, but why in the world did they have to start cutting through the serious music for some soft rock type music? That was simply not appropriate. Also, there were moments during which silence might have been more appropriate than any music they could have used, especially during scenes of mourning.
Apart from these points, I thought the movie was pretty good. Even though it lacked technically, it is still a great improvement over its predecessors. No matter how much room there was for improvement, it must be admitted that there is an element of "Left Behind" that makes one think about the times to come and how to be ready for them. If you watch this movie with the right attitude, not one that wants sensory overload, but one that wants to be challenged, even if only a little, you may find something to chew on in it.
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