Plot: Rayford (Brad Johnson) is an airline pilot with a lot of personal problems, as his marriage is on the rocks and he longs for some kind of fresh start, or at least a form of temporary escape. He sees a potential escape in Hattie (Chelsea Noble), an attractive flight attendant that he has a good connection with. But before he can act on his desires, he and Hattie have to deal with a serious situation, as a host of passengers have vanished on their latest flight. How someone could disappear from a flight is a total mystery, especially since the passengers left their belongings and even their clothes behind. But it wasn’t just those on the plane that vanished, as reporter Buck (Kirk Cameron) was in the Middle East to report on a food crisis breakthrough, only to find himself in the middle of a similar situation. As it becomes clear that millions of people has disappeared, can Buck get to the bottom of the mysterious turn of events and how does a shadowy cabal play into the scenario?
Entertainment Value: I’m often able to find some b movie entertainment in heavy handed Christian cinema, but in the case of Left Behind, the film falls more into the dull realm than over the top. The premise seems to hold promise, as Kirk Cameron navigates the rapture and a corporate villain that seems like a generic James Bond bad guy, but the tone is serious and sincere. So if you’re here for a genuine interest in Cameron’s takes on faith or the rapture, perhaps you will connect with the material, but even from that side, the pace is glacial and there’s not much entertainment. I mean, the end of times in the good book are described as a wild, horrific series of events, but here it all comes off as a total snooze. No hellfire and brimstone or life changing experiences, just a battle over some kind of miracle food formula and Kirk Cameron trying to look serious as the movie drags on and on. I was bored with Left Behind and for those seeking Christian fare, you can do a lot better than this one.
I have to see all of Kirk Cameron’s movies, though I almost always wish I hadn’t, as if there’s some kind of Christian schlock black hole pulling me in. He has gotten more and more over the top over the years, but in the days of Left Behind, he was more reserved and not as animated. This is true of both the material here, which is as dry as the Sahara and Cameron’s performance, which is serious, but forgettable. He is as basic as it gets and while some blame rests on the material, which gives him a bland persona to play, I think Cameron could have jazzed it up a little. I assume he wanted to be taken seriously, so his basic, sincere approach makes sense, but Left Behind doesn’t benefit much from his lead presence. Cameron’s wife Chelsea Noble doesn’t fare much better, but at least she is able to show some inherent charm at times, not to mention she kicks in a little eye candy, which doesn’t hurt. The cast here also includes Brad Johnson, Janaya Stephens, and Colin Fox.
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