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Left Behind (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | 3 October 2014 (USA)
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A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.

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Vic Armstrong

Writers:

Jerry B. Jenkins (based on novel), Tim LaHaye (based on novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Rayford Steele
Chad Michael Murray ... Buck Williams
Cassi Thomson ... Chloe Steele
Nicky Whelan ... Hattie Durham
Jordin Sparks Thomas ... Shasta Carvell (as Jordin Sparks)
Lea Thompson ... Irene Steele
Gary Grubbs ... Dennis Beese
Quinton Aaron ... Simon
Martin Klebba ... Melvin Weir
Georgina Armstrong Georgina Armstrong ... Venice Baxter (as Georgina Rawlings)
Han Soto ... Edwin
Alec Rayme ... Hassid
Kamryn Johnson ... Katie
Lauren Swinney Lauren Swinney ... Old Lady (as Laura Swinney)
Major Dodson ... Raymie Steele
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Storyline

Left Behind finds commercial airline pilot Ray Steele (Nicholas Cage) struggling to keep his passengers calm and his plane afloat after the Biblical Rapture strikes mid-flight. Meanwhile, GWN reporter Cameron "Buck" Williams (Chad Michael Murray) becomes Ray's reluctant co-pilot, and Ray's terrified daughter Chloe (Cassi Thompson) braves the chaos of the city streets in search of her brother and mother..

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Some were saved, and some were... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, violence/peril and brief drug content. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Left Behind See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,300,147, 5 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,998,282, 5 December 2014
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Lea Thompson here plays Irene Steele, mother of character Chloe Steele played by Cassi Thomson. On ABC Family's Switched at Birth the two instead played mother-in-law and daughter-in-law Kathryn Kennish and Nikki Papagus. See more »

Goofs

When the aircraft is shown running out of fuel, the navigation displays indicate that the aircraft is 4.6 nautical miles out on a straight in approach to a runway 06R. Neither JFK nor La Guardia airport has a runway 06 Right. In addition, the analog airspeed indicator shows the airspeed to be zero, See more »

Quotes

Rayford Steele: Chloe, are you okay?
Chloe Steele: Yeah, but Mom and Raymie, they're both gone!
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Alternate Versions

To avoid a 15 rating in the UK for a home video release, the distributors cut 79 seconds of strong threat and violence in order to obtain a 12 classification. However, the 12 version was not released, and the uncut version was released with a 15 on DVD and Blu-ray. See more »

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14 Years and this is all we get?
3 October 2014 | by nativeapacheSee all my reviews

Let me first say that I am a Christian. I watch campy Christian movies solely for the sake to have some wholesome entertainment. I clearly remember the impact of reading the Left Behind book almost 16 years ago as a boy in middle school. Few other books have had such a profound impact on my life so I hold the entire series close to heart.

However, I share all this to say that this movie is nothing but a hot mess. Here's a short list of sins. 1.) A soundtrack that sounds like bad elevator music 2.) Maybe it was just my theater but the dialogue was also difficult to hear 3.) Casually calm characters on the airplane after one of the most horrifying events known to mankind has just occurred 4.) Out of place comedic relief and 5.) So-so acting.

To be fair though, there were some improvements from the original movie. The rapture scene was markedly improved and actually made me gasp because it truly occurs unexpectedly. The action shots were also much better and the acting was improved but for the star power involved was rather weak. Many of the airplane scenes felt overly contrived with stilted acting.

The movie doesn't necessarily follow the plot of the Left Behind book as it's merely inspired by it but it doesn't matter with all the aforementioned problems. There's also a lot less preaching in this film than the original but frankly could have used more as to convey some message of inspiration.

If you're a fan of the Left Behind series I wouldn't say completely disregard this film but please don't have high expectations that this movie will deliver and improve on the original. I've waited 16 years for a movie to convey the fear, excitement, and triumph that enthralled me when I was an 11 year old boy staying up to the wee hours of the morning trying to read just one more page of the book. After watching this movie, it looks like I'll have to wait for another remake.


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