Plot: A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.
Review: While some movies touch on the subject of the rapture, and even fewer explore Biblical themed movies, there are those “bible inspired” movies which I would recommend, and those that I would personally like to see destroyed and erased from existence.
Left Behind is a film that we both enjoyed, and actually had Anna asking me questions about the Rapture. While the exact account of the rapture is not clearly evident in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
Left Behind tells the story of a small group of survivors who are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.
Nicolas Cage plays Rayford Stelle. He is airplane pilot for a major commercial airline, married to Irene (Lea Thompson), who is a devout born again Christian. During a routine flight from NY to London, a handful of people onboard the flight suddenly vanish, along with one of the air-hostesses and his co-pilot. Not knowing what has happened, he races against his own inner demons and time to make sense of the chaos and to keep the passengers and remaining crew sane.
It didn’t long before Ray finds out that not only did some of his passengers vanish without a trace, but the same has happened all over the world. Millions of people have vanished, and it soon starts to dawn on him that it wasn’t an alien abduction, but the rapture his wife had been telling him about.
Wondering why he had been left behind soon comes to light, as he had been having an ongoing affair with the air-hostess (played by Nicky Whelan).
Cassi Thomson plays the role of Ray’s wayward daughter, Chloe, who also must comes to terms with what happened.
Left Behind has been slammed by some, and praised by others. That being said, if you put the religious aspect aside when you watch it, what you have is a film that tells the story of one family,from their POV, struggling to make sense of a world gone to chaos, and fighting their own inner demons and moralities.
Even though the film ended with Ray landing the plane safely back to NY, I did feel that more of this needed to be explored, and I am sure that the directors will continue on with the series in due time.
The acting centered mostly on Cage, and that is fine as he is a good actor in his own right. The SPX scenes were great. But it did need an element more to this film, apart from the ending we saw.
I would recommend this to anyone who can put religion aside and watch it for what it is.
Verdict: Apocalypse Without The Zombies…
My Rating: 8 out of 10.
Surrogates… Quite the unusual name for a movie, but hey, if it works, what the heck anyway. As for me I would have given it the subtitle “Life on Facebook” 🙂
Although this is a new movie, I can say that this type of movie has been done before. Movies such as Freejack and The Island come to mind as I write this. But, since it stars Bruce Willis it has got to be a good movie, right?
Well without going into too much detail and ruin the fun for everyone, I will say that the movie is: Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.
As I watched this, I could not help but think that this is closer to our own reality than some would think. After all, with Social Networks such as Facebook, Tagged, Twitter, MySpace and all the rest of the SN Posse, it is common knowledge that there are some who spend every waking second of the day one or all of the popular SN’s. Not that I have anything against that as I have been known to do my fair share of being zoned out on one or many of the SN’s at large. But there is also the real world that one has to live in, and although these sites are great, I try to maintain a healthy balance.
Hence why it can be understood that watching this film hits home that living in a virtual world could soon become a disturbing reality 🙂
Brilliant performances by Bruce Willis, Aussie actress Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, and James Cromwell.
A movie I would definitely watch again.
Without further delay, here is the synopsis of the movie: The filmmaking trio behind the hit sci-fi sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines re-team to explore a future in which humans live in isolation while only communicating with their fellow man through robots that serve as social surrogates and are better-looking versions of their human counterparts. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who enlists the aid of his own surrogate to investigate the murder of the genius college student who invented the surrogates. As the case grows more complicated, however, the withdrawn detective discovers that in order to actually catch the killer he will have to venture outside the safety of his own home for the first time in many years, and enlists the aid of another agent (Radha Mitchell) in tracking his target down. Jonathan Mostow directs co-screenwriters Michael Ferris and John Brancato’s adaptation of the graphic novel by author Robert Venditti and illustrator Brett Weldele.
Movie Reviews Coming up next…. Zombieland and Bronson