Reviews of the apocalyptic rapture starring Nicolas Cage swept the online world shortly after its release. It is worth mentioning that although 70 percent of the 10,000 people who saw the film on the big screen thought “Left Behind” was a good watch, critics here and there believe the film “failed miserably” with. its “many flaws” and “bad play.”
The intrigue surrounds the mystery of the disappearance of millions of people in a phenomenon called the Abduction. Survivors of the event, other than pilot Rayford Steele, played by Cage, were Nicky Whelan (Hattie Durham), Chad Michael Murray (Buck Williams) and Cassi Thomson (Chloe Steele). Cage has revealed in previous interviews that he made the film after advice from his pastor brother.
The film’s producer and screenwriter Paul Lalonde told TheBlaze on October 8 that audience support was overwhelming while noting that he was aware of others’ not-so-positive perspectives.
“Negative reviews from the Christian public tend to be [that] it’s not exactly like the book and there isn’t enough gospel in it, ”he said.
Lalonde admits having trouble keeping a biblical plot on a secular film. “Left Behind” is a reboot of the 2000 film of the same name, which adapted what critics have described as “dark” books written by Jeffrey B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Christianity Today critic Jack Cuidon concluded in his review that the film (although from Bible books) was in fact “far from a Christian film”.
Yahoo! The reviewer supports this by saying that “the theological background and exposition is lacking” and that “the actual explanation of the Rapture is rather thin and unsatisfactory”.
On the production side, Yahoo! adds that the kidnapping event came too abruptly when Dr Ted Baehr, the founder of MovideGuide.org, thought the shooting was rather “lazy”. However, he added that the critics just wanted to be “vicious” in rating the film.
“They’re waiting for a Christian movie to tear to shreds and [Left Behind] was the perfect fodder, ”he said.
Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer, said the film is heading in the right direction.
“It’s on par with movies of a similar budget and scope, however, in the growing market for faith-based entertainment products, it’s better than average,” Stone said.
The reboot film shakes all the negativity with its revenue reaching $ 6.3 million for its North American release alone.