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10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
not as detailed as the book, but definitely worth watching.. Nov 09, 2000
By sam cox
i know you are going to read the other reviews and see some of them saying just beat me over the head with the Bible, but it's not that at all. if they truly read the books , then they should have expected the movie to be no different. their are bits and pieces left out of the book in the movie, but you can still follow it and understand the message it sends. even if you have not read the books you will still understand the movie. the actors in the movie do a wonderful job of portraying the characters in the book and in delivering the message behind the books, and the Bible. this movie is touching and spiritually moving at the same time, and i promise you that you will not be disappointed. i want lie and tell you the movie is action packed and fast paced, but neither is the first book. just like the book the movie is nothing but the starting bases for hopefully the rest of the books to follow. the movie has its moments of action, and others is the storyline, but like i said you will not be disappointed. the others of you who were disappointed i'm sorry, but please still get out and help promote this movie because it could help open up the doors for other movies of this series, and a little boost from hollywood if the movie does good. if you haven't seen the movie, go out and get it or go to a church that is showing the movie and watch it, you will love it.
19 of 22 found the following review helpful:
It's A Movie, Not A Book! Dec 24, 2000
By Thomas Kelly Perkins
No wonder the secular world isn't flocking to the churches! After reading reviews from so-called Christians, I wouldn't either if I were not a believer. But, I am, and I just wish the Body of Christ would show a smigin of compassion. I have never read the Left Behind series of books, but I had no trouble following the movie. We get so hung up on our intellectual high-horse that we fail to distinguish between the two very different mediums of literature and film. If so-called Christians who love to find flaw with anything and everything (like the Pharisees and Saducees of Jesus'time) would let a little love in their hearts, there would be no bickering about whether the film is like the book or not, etc. I became a Christian thanks to the ministry of Hal Lindsey back in the early '70's, and I am here to say that this movie can be used as a great witness tool. I could feel the Holy Spirit move as I viewed this marvelous film. We Christians just need to take the energy we spend putting things down and use it to spread His Word!
31 of 38 found the following review helpful:
Miscasting & poor production Nov 15, 2000
By Michael Branigan
"Left Behind - The Movie" as expected is a major disapointment.
As with every Christian Apocalyptic movie that preceded it, Left Behind suffers from poor production, a poorly written script, and in this case, miscasting.
Kirk Cameron still looks like a 16 year old kid in the role 'Buck', and is unconvincing as a world renown television journalist. Brad Johnson, (by far the best actor in the film) seems a little young to be the middle aged Rayford Steele. However Chelsea Noble as 'Hattie Durham' is perfectly cast in my opinion. As the antichrist, Gordon Currie lacks charisma and the imposing stature that the character requires.
As far as production is concerned, Christian movie making has a long way to go. The special effects in the beginning attack scene look like something from a made for cable TV movie from the late 1980's. I also felt the producers did a poor job in introducing and setting up the characters. It seems as though, they are so familiar with the characters that they assume that you already know all about them.
Lastly the watered down aproach to the Gospel was very disapointing. The Name of Jesus Christ is rarely if ever mentioned (I don't recall hearing it at all). In it's place the general term of 'God' is used. I expect this kind of wishy washyness from hollywood, not from so called Christian film companies.
Overall Left Behind is a big disapointment.
The title of the latest album from the Christian rock group 'Five Iron Frenzy' seems to fit this film perfectly - "All the hype money can buy".
18 of 21 found the following review helpful:
This is not a bad Christian film! Dec 13, 2000
By A. Jasper Rains
Okay let me start by correcting another writer that the book in the Bible that the movie is based on is called "REVELATION" not "REVELATIONS" as the writer called it! There! Now that this is off my chest let's talk about this film. Most movies put out by Christians are tacky and cheesy (i.e., Judas Project, Thief In The Night series, Appocalypse). This movie however has strong performances and a decent script. Kirk Cameron is a lot better than I had expected as Buck. The suspense is there and I think they did a good job of setting up the storyline. I had not read the series prior to the movie and I thought it was very easy to follow. Viewing the film actually inspired me to read all the other Left Behind series books. Though they have their faults, I do believe that future films would be great! I think this movie lacked all cheesiness that is so frequent in other films of this genre and I do believe that God will use it for His glory. I reccommend it strongly. It is not Chariots of Fire but it is well worth your time!
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
What a movie aught to be!! Jan 02, 2001
Gives a perfect message based on Biblical truth! A very heart touching broadcast unlike some of the movies coming out today. Gives much insight into the book of Revelation and paints a seemingly real picture to the end of times.
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