I have a confession to make. When I was in high school and college, I loved the Left Behind books. I was an evangelical Christian who believed in the Rapture. The only thing I thought the books got wrong is that you couldn’t get saved after the Rapture (which was basically the premise of the whole series).
I even watched the terrible (no really, terrible) straight-to-VHS movies starring Kirk Cameron.
When I found out there was a reboot coming to theaters and starring Nicholas Cage – I was super excited. I couldn’t wait to find out what a Hollywood budget would do for this franchise.
And… I was disappointed.
Honestly, this was a terrible movie. The script was awful. There were a few scenes where Chloe and Buck were getting acquainted and commiserating about their anti-religiousness. The dialogue was incredibly forced and was primarily full of stereotypical “atheist” dialogue. Instead of being fully developed characters in their own right, they were caricatures of non-believers. I felt as if I were listening to Christians role-playing how they believe atheists speak. It was frustrating.
Before the Rapture occurred, we were shown shot after shot of babies and children. They were everywhere. After the Rapture, all of the babies and children and “good people” were gone. There were riots, looting, and just absolute chaos. Society instantly disintegrates when the Christians are gone.
The first shot of Hattie – the woman Ray plans to cheat on his Christian wife with – is of her applying hot pink (read: slutty) lip gloss. But the thing is that she didn’t know he was married! She was portrayed as a harlot when she did nothing wrong! Oh, but she was a nonbeliever.
It was caricature after stereotype after caricature. I had hoped that this wouldn’t be the case. I should have known though.
However, I did get invested enough in the characters (especially Buck – Chad Michael Murray is HOT with that facial hair) that I really wanted to know if they were going to successfully land the plane. AND I’VE READ THE BOOKS AND SEEN THE ORIGINAL MOVIES.
Overall, it was exactly the type of movie you would expect from this franchise. I got annoyed and laughed through a lot of it. But honestly – I would go see the sequel (if there is one – but I’m not going to hold my breath).