After the Rapture and the revealing of the identity of the Antichrist, a group of converts form the Tribulation Force, a secret society with the sole purpose of converting non-believers to Christianity.
The world falls into chaos as Nicolae Carpathia detonates nuclear devices across the globe and stages multiple devastating attacks against both the Tribulation Force and an international militia, led by U.S. President Gerald Fitzhugh.
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Those left behind face war, famine, plagues, and natural disaster so devastating that only one in four people will survive. Odds are even worse for the enemies of the Antichrist and his new world order. Rayford Steele, Buck Williams, Bruce Barnes and Chloe Steeleband together to form the Tribulation Force. Their task is clear, and their goal is nothing less than to stand and fight against the enemies of God during the seven most chaotic years the planet will ever know.Written by
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[after hearing that Ben Judah left before he had time to talk to Buck]
"Well, it's in God's hands now."
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The DVD version contains deleted/extended/alternate scenes:
"Ray At Chris' Apartment" = Rayford goes to Chris' apartment and asks him if he wants to go to church, by approaching the question in the form of a new job offer Bruce told Ray about. Chris answers "no", but remains skeptical at this point.
"Chloe with Burned Fireman" - The burned fireman tells Chloe he lost a sister in the rapture and asks her if she lost any family members. The fireman notices the picture of Chloe w/ Buck and ask about her boyfriend (meaning Buck). She answers, saying that he's still here.
"4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (extended scene) - more about Pastor Bruce Barnes' church lecture on the events of the Tribulation and for anyone to step forward and accept Christ.
"Angelic Woman at the Candlelight Vigil" (extended scene) - As Rayford heads over to Chris' apartment, the Angelic Woman sings "Amazing Grace" to try and comfort those who lost family members during one of the many Candlelight Vigils. Her last verse (in voice over) leads to a transition to Chris at his apartment spinning his gun.
"Nicolae Rages Against God" (alternate ending) - Same ending as movie, but in different angle. Nicolae sits on his desk, in a defeated state. Hattie arrives and comfort him. Nicolae tells her to leave, and after she closes the door to his private room (in his jet plane called Global Community One), proceeds to curse God, telling him that it is his time, and not Yours. Original movie ending has his speech display both power and anger.
I can appreciate that evangelical, rapture-focused Christians want their own entertainment, and that said entertainment probably won't have major-studio-level production resources to call upon. But this attempt to mix sermon and action-movie conventions panders so much to its audience--there are token minority characters, but the principals are thoroughly WASPy- -that genuine evangelical intent is hard to swallow. (Just check out the director's resume to see how deep his faith-based focus is.)
Christians of other ethnicities, let alone nationalities, are pretty well ignored. The antichrist is a stereotypical evil Russian mogul, as in so many mainstream genre flicks of recent years. If Jesus is coming back, surely he won't be so exclusively concerned with middle-class U.S. whites. (This even extends to soldiers protecting the Wailing Wall under orders--our heroes' angelic protectors fry the poor guys via fireballs radiating from their eyes. So, God views them as sinners?)
This movie (among others like it) preaches to the target audience by suggesting the people who will primarily be saved--and are most worthy of God's direct interventions in End Times--are those just like "us." Meaning just like the film's mostly Caucasian, mostly Heartland consumers.
This earnest yet cheesy middle-chapter in the "Left Behind" saga ends on a wimpy note that practically requires follow-up. As indeed it got.
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