by Deana Chadwell 10/6/14
My husband and I rarely go to the movies, but this one had me curious. I had read most of the book and seen the first attempt (Kirk Cameron) at making a cheesy novel into a major motion picture. At the time that seemed possible – many decent movies come from cheesy books. But alas…
Time for the reprise – and I mean it’s high time. As a biblical Christian I have studied extensively the doctrines and passages that deal with the End Times (which, by the way, are only the preamble to a 1,000 years of world peace and prosperity). Very few prophecy buffs think we’ve got hundreds of years before things start the wind-up to the Millenium. This crucial time period is looking very near and more than possible — perhaps folks who don’t know about it should be informed.[pullquote]…when the believers all vanished they left behind their clothes and possessions – all but their underwear. Perhaps tighty-whities are required in heaven.[/pullquote]
Now, the eschatology presented in both book and movie is biblically valid. What else do you do with these passages? Keep in mind that here Paul is talking to people who are Christians, who believe Jesus is exactly who He said He is.
1st Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1st Thessalonians 4: 16-17 –For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
One can ignore them, but not if one wants to take the rest of the Bible seriously. An event, which hasn’t happened yet, an event so sudden, so unexpected, so bizarre will undoubtedly shake the whole world. I can’t even imagine what such an event would do to the world economy, to government, to travel.
The movie features an airplane from which about a third of the travellers and the co-pilot vanish. Apparently many in the control tower at JFK vamoose as well. You can imagine the turmoil. The premise has the ingredients of a great story, the current world situation makes the situation relevant, and they spent a lot more money on this version. But alas…
The first mistake was Nicholas Cage. That’s a personal reaction on my part – he really didn’t do a bad job, I’ve just never found him very believable and he had a really unfortunate dye job. Can’t a pilot have some gray? What was that about?
LaHaye and Jenkins, authors of the book, did an interesting job of imagining the unimaginable and a solid job of keeping things roughly biblical, but the writing never really solidified and that less-than-literary writing carried over to this movie. Characters were too canned and too predictable. Each and every ethnic or racial group was represented — a pair of Alzheimer’s candidates, a midget, a young Muslim man — who was very sweet, a black mom — who was wife to a basketball player, a journalist — who is the only one besides Cage who doesn’t fall apart. It was like they were all just downloaded from a database of stock characters.
In addition, the situations were overly dramatic (though I’ll have to cut both writers and directors some slack here – the premise is so bizarre that it would hard to tell when you’d crossed that line). And the budget was still inadequate – we never saw or heard from the coach area of the airliner, which gave me the feeling that the story was taking place on a very short plane.[pullquote]The first mistake was Nicholas Cage.[/pullquote]
Not only that, but either we were dealing with a plane-load of folks going commando or the film-makers got squeamish because when the believers all vanished they left behind their clothes and possessions – all but their underwear. Perhaps tighty-whities are required in heaven.
The film was so pre-packaged that in places it got laughs that weren’t meant to be; lines and events just so corny we couldn’t help it. Did the airliner have to come to a final stop only a few feet from a parked tanker truck? Really? Did the daughter have to climb to the highest pinnacle of the bridge for a suicide attempt? Did her dad have to reach her on her cell phone at the precise moment before she jumped? (I could be accused here of giving away the end, but it’s so predictable that I swear I’m doing moviegoers no harm.)
I was entertained, but disappointed. I think we’re on the brink of a major civilizational collapse and this movie really needed to be astounding. It needed to get everyone’s attention. People are going to get left behind and the following seven years are not years anyone wants to go through. In fact, billions of people will lose their lives during that time. We need to realize, internalize the fact that the Bible prophesies that could have happened by now all have, and in great detail – not in the vague, dreamy sense of Nostradamus. This movie needed to scare people into serious thought. But it won’t.
Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.
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