Apocalypse

  • 1998
  • 1 HR 34 MIN
  • PG
  • Religious, War

Lalonde brothers Peter and Paul Lalonde, the Coens of Christian filmmaking, have learned a lot about upscale production values since they made this flimsy scare-job about the ultimate day of reckoning. In the near future, WNN reporter Helen Hannah (Leigh Lewis) frets about the safe return of her co-anchor and boyfriend, Bronson Pearl (Richard Nester), who's...read more

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Lalonde brothers Peter and Paul Lalonde, the Coens of Christian filmmaking, have learned a lot about upscale production values since they made this flimsy scare-job about the ultimate day of reckoning. In the near future, WNN reporter Helen Hannah (Leigh Lewis) frets about the safe return of her co-anchor and boyfriend, Bronson Pearl (Richard Nester), who's in the Middle East covering the most dangerous build-up of Arab-Israeli tensions in history. Hannah's born-again Grandma (Toni Carey) suggests that agnostic Hannah should stop worrying and start praying. Once international powers interfere in this military stand-off, a nuclear world war seems inevitable, but God's divine intervention stops mankind in its tracks. He brings about the Rapture, which causes the disappearance of select souls from all over the world. Unpiloted planes crash, driverless cars collide in every country and the warring parties back down; God's mini-catastrophes avert a larger holocaust that would have decimated the Earth's population. Franco Macalusso (Sam Bornstein), the charismatic president of the European Union, brokers a viable peace treaty and as grateful nations line up behind him, Macalusso presents himself as God's emissary and takes credit for the Almighty's recent drastic measures. Back at WNN headquarters, Macalusso loyalist Len Parker (David Roddis) installs himself in place of Hannah's boss. Because Hannah's grandma was one of those who miraculously vanished, Hannah has seen the light and begun studying scripture. Pearl returns and is reunited with Hannah, but doesn't share Hannah's concern about the control Parker exercises over news content. Can Hannah convince her dubious boyfriend that the increasingly despotic Macalusso is a false Messiah? If they join forces to discredit the popular Macalusso, the converted reporters could end their lives as martyrs. This suspense picture works better as propaganda than as a thriller with religious overtones and for all the fire and brimstone the filmmakers' depiction of the End of Days is delivered with the fervor of a snooze-inducing sermon.

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