Sometimes you hear a film is so bad that you just have to watch it. Or I do anyway. This is why I ended up watching Nicholas Cage’s 2014 movie Left Behind. Based on the novel by Tim LaHate and Jerry B. Jenkins, can this movie be as bad as they say?
Flying from New York to London, pilot Rayford Steele (Nicholas Cage) is thrown into turmoil when several people from his flight disappear leaving only their clothes behind. Meanwhile on the ground Steele’s daughter Chloe (Cassi Thomson) tries to find out why her brother and mother have vanished. Could the answer be that the rapture is finally here?
In a season 5 episode of Community a sub plot focuses on a course called Nicholas Cage Good or Bad? Well those who say bad have strong evidence in with this movie. I was hoping Left Behind may fall into the so bad it’s good category. But it turns out the end of the world is really boring.
It’s a good half an hour before the rapture actually starts, so we have to sit through 30 minutes of back story for the main characters. Nicholas Cage is a husband on the verge of an affair, his daughter is in conflict with her mother’s new beliefs in Christianity and …blah, blah, blah. No one cares. The characters are so boring and there’s no tension built up at all. Basically the rapture couldn’t come soon enough.
Not that it gets any better when the rapture does happen. Rather than being a shocking, emotional event it ended up being unintentionally hilarious. The movie tries to say something about belief and Christianity, but it’s so clumsy that it would probably offend most Christians.
I’m not sure what encouraged Nicholas Cage to sign on to this movie. Was he intentionally trying to make a movie worse than the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man? It’s not just him though, the whole cast seems to be on auto pilot, maybe hoping for a real life rapture to take them away.
Whether you’re Christian, atheist, Jewish or follow any religion just avoid this like the plague.
Rating 1/5 – if one day God raptured up all the good movies I still wouldn’t watch this dud again