Left Behind is a good choice for family film night

Left BehindLeft Behind—Entertainment One’s movie based on the New York Times best-selling “Left Behind” book series—releases to DVD and Blu-Ray Disc. Starring Academy Award winner Nicholas Cage (National Treasure, City of Angels, The Croods) as veteran pilot Ray Steel, the film also stars Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks. The film is produced by Paul Lalonde and Michael Walker and co-written by Paul Lalonde and John Patus.  The director is veteran filmmaker Vic Armstrong (Thor Amazing Spider-Man, War of the Worlds) renowned for directing action sequences.

About Left Behind

In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear in an instant as terror and chaos spread around the world and darkness enfolds the planet. Airline pilot Ray Steele (Cage) is in the air at that moment and struggles to save the lives of the passengers and crew that remain on his flight, as the world below loses its ability to help his plane to safety. Running out of fuel, his equipment failing, his crew panicking, Ray must guide the plane with the help of GWN reporter Buck Williams (Murray), who takes over the role of co-pilot in the face of the crisis. On the ground, Ray’s daughter Chloe (Thomas) frantically searches for her mother (Thompson) and young brother in the chaos and destruction.

The acting is fair and the story line is never over-the-top intense nor scary and—for a disaster flick—it even has a few funny moments. There are a few hard-to-believe special effects, but nothing more than you would see in any other action film. There are also a few “Oh, come on!” moments as well, but again, nothing more than you wouldn’t see in other film.

The big challenge for this reviewer is the movie’s unequal portrayal of Christians. The Christians in the film are either obnoxious or not really any different from nonbelievers. Steele’s wife, who is a recent convert, is not in the film long enough for audiences to know the strength of her daily walk, but—from her family’s reaction—she is either a ‘nut-case’ or a nag.

Special features include:

  • Behind the Scenes Featurette and Slideshow
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Official Trailer
  • Author’s Reflections
  • Films to Believe In
  • Promotional Videos

Fans of the book series will like Left Behind the movie, as would anyone looking for a choice for family film nights. With a running time of 110 minutes, Left Behind is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some thematic elements, violence/peril and brief drug content.