A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish during the rapture and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.
|Release Date||:||October 3, 2014|
|Genres||:||Thriller, Action, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Stoney Lake Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Vic Armstrong, Jennifer Carriere|
|Writers||:||Paul Lalonde, John Patus, Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins|
|Casts||:||Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, Nicky Whelan, Martin Klebba, Quinton Aaron, Jordin Sparks, Gary Grubbs, William Ragsdale, Stephanie Honoré, Lolo Jones, Cassi Thomson, Georgina Rawlings, Ashton Leigh, Alec Rayme, Major Dodson, Han Soto, Shanna Forrestall, Lance E. Nichols, Chelsea Bruland, Sabrina Gennarino, Candice Michele Barley, Judd Lormand, Kamryn Johnson, Choppy Guillotte, Hawn Tran, Heather Rene Hutson|
|Plot Keywords||:||airplane, the rapture, remake, pilot hero|
I was expecting a sci-fi thriller going into this: Millions of people suddenly disappear and Nicolas Cage has to land a plane... that's about all I gathered from the synopsis, but it sounded promising enough. I had no expectations going in. I didn't care; I like "bad" movies anyway: popcorn B-flicks, anything to keep my hands of my dick for a couple hours; and it has Nicolas Cage in it so how bad can it be? Let's just say this movie made me feel bad for having a dick. It made me upset to be alive. In fact the only solace I got from Left Behind is that I know I can never see a movie worse than it; it's that bad.
First things first: this is a rapture movie. Its dialogue consists of religious theological nonsense that pose more questions than answers, questions you shouldn't be thinking about during a movie in the first place. No one should be blaming Nicolas Cage for this abomination. It's not his fault it was bad - the only fault Cage holds is the fact that he accepted the role making fans of his aware that this movie exists (which, yeah, kind of a dick move Nic).
Nicolas Cage has the top billing but he's hardly the star. No one stars in this movie. The dialogue is so bad that nobody has anything to do. Even Cage sleepwalks through this one. The film has no flow whatsoever. It feels like a mishmash of melodramatic scenes with insufferable characters portrayed by horrid actors, backed by offensively bad writing, special effects, and every other conceivable thing you can think of. Hell, even the lighting sucks ass. It's a "thriller" with absolutely no tension or suspense; everything is so stiff and uncomfortable. This movie does literally everything wrong. The music is even awful. The girl's brother dissipates into her arms and smooth jazz Kenny G bullsh*t is playing in the background.
It takes half an hour for anything to happen in this movie. You're just bombarded with character after character, each one more boring than the last, for the sake of having some "impact" when the rapture actually happens; and there is none. You don't care what happens to any of these characters. None are developed - you know their title or job (father, daughter, wife, journalist, what have you) but there's no personality. Nothing driving them. They're just puppets used to get this pseudo-intellectual garbage on screen. Then when sh*t finally goes down, they get even stupider. Half of the people on the plane vanish, and the first thought that goes through their heads is "It's the captain's fault, let's get him! Surely he's behind this!" Really, they just lost a loved one and their first instinct is to form a mob and storm the cockpit. The only guy that can land the plane is the one guy they antagonize. Smart.
In a way though, they're right. It is Cage's fault this movie was made. Of the $16 million budget probably $15 million was for Cage to show up. On the bright side, Left Behind is the new bottom of his career. There is no production value here - just pure, unadulterated, toxic sh*t. They made God the villain in this movie; do I need to say more?
I had to get this rant off my chest so I can continue my life never thinking of this sh*tpile again. It's not even so bad it's funny; it's simply horrendous. This movie doesn't deserve to be read about, let alone watched, so please spare yourselves. If you ended up paying money for this movie, then may God have mercy on your soul.