Left Behind

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Religious, Thriller

A Christian thriller about the end of days, this picture's b-movie values probably play better on video than in theaters. GNN reporter Buck Williams (Kirk Cameron, of '80s TV series Growing Pains) finds himself in the thick of a mystery: First, while interviewing idealistic scientist Chaim Rosenzweig (Colin Fox), whose "Eden formula" makes...read more

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A Christian thriller about the end of days, this picture's b-movie values

probably play better on video than in theaters. GNN reporter Buck Williams

(Kirk Cameron, of '80s TV series Growing Pains) finds himself in the

thick of a mystery: First, while interviewing idealistic scientist Chaim

Rosenzweig (Colin Fox), whose "Eden formula" makes wheat flourish in the

desert, he witnesses a surprise bomber attack on Israel. To Williams'

astonishment, the enemy planes explode mysteriously in mid-air and Jerusalem

is untouched. Soon after, the world is rocked by mass disappearances: People

vanish from aboard planes and inside their own cars, leaving behind their

clothes and belongings; mothers wail over empty infant seats, dogs sit

forlornly by heaps of their absent owners' garments. As worldwide anarchy

erupts, martial law is declared and the UN steps in; acting Secretary General Nicolae Carpathia (Gordon Currie) promises to do everything in his power to

bring about world peace. Tipped off by conspiracy buff Dirk Burton (Jack

Langedijk), Buck begins investigating two international financiers (Daniel

Pilon, Tony De Santis) who are plotting to corner the world's food supply. But

guided by pilot Ray Steele (Brad Johnson), whose pious wife and small son

— though not his rebellious teenage daughter (Janaya Stephens) —

have disappeared, Buck begins to suspect the world's troubles are torn from

the Biblical book of Revelation. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' apocalyptic

Left Behind books (eight to date) are the best-selling Christian

fiction of all time; they chronicle the fate of unbelievers left behind after

the Rapture, when blameless souls are plucked from the Earth by God and spared

the misery that will precede Christ's triumphant return. This film's strongly

Christian agenda ensures that it's nowhere near as hauntingly ambivalent as

Michael Tolkin's extraordinary THE RAPTURE. But until the bible-thumping

begins in earnest, it's no less watchable than many other direct-to-video

thrillers. In a departure from distribution norms, this movie debuted on

video/DVD in October 2000 (where it did excellent business), and opened

theatrically three months later.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A Christian thriller about the end of days, this picture's b-movie values probably play better on video than in theaters. GNN reporter Buck Williams (Kirk Cameron, of '80s TV series Growing Pains) finds himself in the thick of a mystery: First,… (more)

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