Left Behind - The Movie
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16 of 17 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.
13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
A good depiction of the book Feb 04, 2001
By Karen Potts
Left Behind depicts the Rapture, as described in Revelation, set in modern times. The main characters are Buck Williams, a television reporter and Rayford Steele, an airline pilot. While they are on the job, millions disappear from the Earth. Every possible explanation is explored until gradually people realize that this is the event which is foretold in the Bible. Rayford mourns the loss of his wife and son and eventually sees that their faith is what separates them from him. Nicolae Carpathia is introduced and we see his coversion from good-guy head of the UN, an encourager of peace, to a maniacal killer and power seeker. We also see Buck and Rayford's conversion from Christianity which is shown in a believable way. This is reputed to be a low budget film which may explain the lack of a lot of special effects. This only adds to the realism of the film. Christians applaud the making of such a film and hope that it will be well supported in the theaters.
20 of 24 found the following review helpful:
When's number two coming? Nov 29, 2000
I really enjoyed Left Behind. Compared to other low budget films that get produced every year, this is definitely one of this year's best, both in how the movie was made and in how it looked. The use of special effects was kept to a minimum, which worked well for this story. I wish they had expanded and filled the 'normal' 2 hours - there definitely was more they could have covered. Left Behind did have a lot of exposition and character set up, but this is necessary for any first film in a series. Left Behind: 2 will have the advantage of picking up right where this one left off. Don't get me wrong, though, there is still a lot in the plot that grabs your attention. It's like the book - you want to peek to see what's around the next 'page' but you have to wait until you get there! Like I mentioned already, special effects were good (in other words, there weren't really any that popped out to this TVR major). The score was excellent - I didn't notice it at all. The sign of a bad musical score is that you pay attention to the music instead of the movie. The script was done well, though I wish there had been more. There were a couple odd lines, but what movie doesn't? I enjoyed how it started out differently from the book - that was definitely a better starting point for a movie.
Overall, for a low budget, Christian movie, Left Behind has exceeded my expectations. Granted, Left Behind is not a 'blockbuster' in terms of money and time spent, future Left Behinds could be - if this movie is as popular as the books.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
1 1/2 thumbs up!! Nov 02, 2000
By Ronald George Reagan
Based upon the best selling book series of the same name, this movie obviously has some big shoes to fill. Has it done it? Yes and no. As far as the storyline goes, it has stuck, with a few exceptions, to the storyline of the first book in the "Left Behind" series.
Kirk Cameron turns in a magnificent performance as Buck Williams. Gordon Currie turns in one fine performance as the man that will epitomize all evil-the Anti-Christ. Clarence Gilyard turns in an excellent performance as well.
For a small budget, this movie fares quite well. The scene of the planes exploding over Israel, though, is not exactly up to par, but other than that, special effects, etc. are all quite good.
Should you buy this? That's a matter of personal choice, but I would highly recommend it. This has so much more going for it than other Christian movies of the past (I'm thinking in terms here of the "late night" offerings of our local VTN station) and is well worth a look.
36 of 46 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".
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