There’s no funny quip or snarky remark that I can type that does a better job of encapsulating how I feel about this trailer for upcoming Rapture-thriller Left Behind, than Nicolas Cage’s face on this movie’s poster. Just look at it. Clearly, only two seconds before that picture was taken, it finally dawned on him just how poor the movie he was starring in actually looked.
And if the movie title sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s based on a series of popular novels by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LeHaye, that was turned into a trilogy of low-budget Christian movies starring Kirk Cameron by Cloud Ten Productions back in 2000. Jenkins and LeHaye had “naively” sold them the film rights before the novels had become huge bestsellers, and when the film came out, the pair were disheartened by the poor quality of the end-product. So much so that they sued Cloud Ten Pictures to get their rights back on the grounds that the production studio hadn’t delivered a product good enough to meet the terms of the contract. The case dragged on for 9 years, but in the end the courts ruled in favour of Jenkins and LeHaye, and so set out to make a film that finally would live up to their lofty vision of the material.
And somehow we still ended up with a sleepy Nicolas Cage in a movie that looks like it could be an episode of something on the Hallmark Channel.
“Left Behind” follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother. The movie is based on the New York Times bestselling book series of the same name, co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Based on the Bible and published in 32 different languages, the series has sold more than 65 million copies and is one of the best-selling fiction series of all time.
Left Behind also stars Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson, Jordan Sparks, Quinton Aaron and Martin Klebba, and will be leaving audiences behind as from October 3, 2014
Last Updated: June 3, 2014