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Left Behind-2014

Left Behind-2014
Starring:
Nicholas Cage, Lea Thompson, Chad Michael Murray, Nicky Whelan and Cassi Thompson


Rated: PG-13 for some thematic elements, violence/peril and brief drug content.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 3, 2014 Released by: Freestyle Releasing

Very early on the script brings a quote from Mathieu and Nicholas Cage's daughter (Cassi Thompson) challenges the idea that God loves all of us. That is the extent of Lea Thompson's role in what is a limited project. She has discovered God and her preaching has driven her daughter away from home.

Rayford Steele (Cage) a pilot is into an affair with flight attendant Hattie (Nicky Whelan). In fact he is missing his birthday party to take a flight to Europe with Hattie. It is clear who the sinners are in this family, especially Steele who leaves his wedding ring in the car before taking control of PCA flight.

The flight is filled with odd characters. An angry small guy, a women who finds a gun and is sure her husband caused people to disappear on the flight. A business man who used his phone to plan a deal, a reporter (Chad Michael Murray) who becomes second in command through group dynamics. A young woman on drugs, two old folks who both have limited comprehension of what is happening and a series of frightened angry guys who want to charge the cockpit.

While the kids and a few adults disappear on the plane, on the grown Chloe (Cassi Thompson) watches her little brother vanish in thin air. The Earth is covered with panicking folks as about one-third of the population is gone, leaving just clothing and some jewelry. It's the time God has chosen to take the "good people" directly to heaven leaving the sinners on Earth to face the dark ending of days.

This style of religious film doesn't appear to reaches the level of emotional or logical creditably to hold interest in the audience, it is frankly a dull presentation. Even as the disabled flight attempts to land on a highway cleared by Chloe we are not impressed with the potential danger and heroics of a suddenly reformed Cage the pilot.

This is almost as bad as being forced to go to Sunday school or Christian Doctrine on a beautiful summer day which has more to offer from God's creations than a dark religious doctrine.

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