Left Behind
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +4

As enemy aircraft swarm over the border to destroy Israel and their bombs wreak havoc across the countryside, the aircraft begin to mysteriously explode in mid-air. The event is observed and reported to the United States by acclaimed American TV journalist, Buck Williams (Kirk Cameron). So begins the exciting Biblical end times adventure drama, LEFT BEHIND, based on the best-selling novel written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Produced by Cloud Ten Pictures, the first full-fledged Christian film studio, this professional quality production had the largest budget ever spent on a Christian film. Touted as the Christian Entertainment Event of 2000, its release draws interest from both Christian and secular audiences. Like the recent TRIBULATION and earlier films produced by Peter and Paul Lalonde, LEFT BEHIND is a fictional action-drama set against a backdrop of the sudden disappearance of millions in the Biblical rapture and the rise of the Anti-Christ. Not long after the attack on Israel, the whole world is thrown into chaos as millions of people around the world mysteriously vanish. Among the missing are the wife and son of airline captain Rayford Steele (Brad Johnson), who determines to find the source of this mystery. He learns the answer from pastor Bruce Barnes (Clarence Gilyard), whos surprised to find himself left behind. Steele, an unbeliever, also finds himself being drawn to the Lord. But he and Buck stumble across a complex, sinister plot by the very cunning and charismatic U.N. ambassador, Nicolae Carpathia (Gordon Currie), to take control of the world. And the action and intrigue escalate even further as Williams and Steele take on the dangerous quest for truth. Dont miss this exciting and meaningful film available on video October 31st and in theaters in Feb. 2001.

This Christian produced film captures the imagination, but contains virtually no offensive elements. War violence, car wrecks and explosions, injuries, and crowd mayhem are portrayed, and two men are shot to death at point blank range. But the violence is not excessively graphic or exploitive. Captain Steele, portrayed as a family man, struggles with his attraction to stewardess Hattie Durham (Chelsea Noble), but the relationship is portrayed as undesirable. Two men are shown drinking beer in a bar; however, the scene neither encourages nor condones alcohol use. In some very moving scenes, unbelievers accept Christ and many begin to realize that Biblical end events and prophesies are true and real. Viewers from pre-teens up will find LEFT BEHIND intriguing and thought-provoking.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: Cloud Ten Pictures, One St. Paul Street, The Penthouse, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, L2R 7L2

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: Few times - Exclamatory (OG, OMG)
Violence: Several times - Mostly moderate, twice severe (Bombs destroy property, planes and missiles explode, crowds panic, auto collisions and explosions - injuries and man killed, shooting threats, two men shot point blank)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Comments imply affair
Drug Abuse: Men drink beer in bar, drunken woman in bar
Other: Biblical end times events explained and portrayed as true, unbelievers come to the Lord
Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: 10 years and older

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