Stop the press. Hold the reviews. Dismiss what you saw in the video copy of Left Behind: the movie
and sprint to your local cinema complex to catch Left Behind on the big screen. Not only
is the experience better, but the effects, audio, and video have all been tweaked for a better presentation.
I left the theater feeling like I saw a completely different film than what's on the video cassette. The
official movie site talked about how things would be altered a bit for the theatrical release and the complaints
I had about production were almost all cleared up with this release. I watched the special effects
more closely this time, intently looking for the 'cheesey' feel it had on the video, but it wasn't there.
The picture quality seemed much better, as did the audio. With these improvements, the overall feel
of the movie and the actors' performances seemed to improve.
The theatrical release of Left Behind: the movie is a step in the right direction for Christian film.
Although they have a long way to go before mass crowds can poor in and critical critics can easily give praise,
if they continue to try to improve these releases, we could see some more excellent Christian films
in the near future.
Content-wise, the film still has the inclusion of some violent material. The extent being Buck having a bloodied
knee from falling and when 2 men are shot in an intense scene at the end, we see a slightly bloody hole in the side
of a man's head. Swearing is non existant (Buck even resorts to "What the heck is that?" at one point). Sex/nudity
doesn't exist either, with only the implication that Rayford and Hattie were having an affair with them kissing
briefly in one scene.
Overall, the movie was infinitely better the second time around and edited for the big screen.
The production wasn't perfect, but it was much better. I hope this movie does well and that the following sequels
(with The Tribulation Force being planned already) will be
stronger, bigger, and cleaner than its predecessor. A wholesome movie but a little bit
too violent for the younger ones. Catch it on the big screen for sure and bring a friend. With that,
I give the theatrical release of Left Behind: The Movie a 3 out of 4.
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: Rayford and Hattie kiss to imply they're having an affair, but nothing is
seen or done.
Vulgarity/Language: 2 "Oh G-d"
Alcohol/Drugs: Some people drink beer or wine.
Blood/Gore: After the rapture, we see a man walking around the scene of the accident
with a large amount of blood on him from a head wound-- mostly dried up. Buck hurts his leg, creating a big bloody stain
on his knee. Later a man is shot close-range in the head and we briefly see the slightly bloody hole in his temple (twice).
Violence: Car crashes, a car exploding, people hitting each other, people shot and some killed.
** Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most
reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not on content. However, if the content
really affects the reviewer's opinion of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's rating.