Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End
by Phil Boatwright

Pure Flix releases this faith-based action drama on DVD March 12, 2013. Starring David A. R. White (Evening Shade, What If, Marriage Retreat), Brian Bosworth (former NFL linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) the end-times story concerns a traveling salesman (White) passing through a dusty West Texas town. Josh turns out to be more than he seems as he foils a robbery perpetuated by the Barbarians, an outlaw biker gang led by a vicious man named Hawg.

Throughout the story, there are ominous indications that something strange is about to occur. Then an unnatural flash in the sky, followed by a crippling series of earthquakes, throws the entire world into chaos. Is this the Rapture?

Not rated, the 88-minute inspirational action/drama is geared for teens and up.

PREVIEW REVIEW: We’re conditioned to expect dramas, fantasies, and sometimes even comedies aimed at those of us seeking spiritual flavor in our movies. But a biker actioneer? That takes some adjusting to. With bad-guy biker movies, there’s bound to be some beatings and other assorted violent imagery. And sure enough, director Gabrial Sabloff and David A. R. White, the film’s protagonist, provide enough wooly biker dudes who enjoy messing with the man to keep old Mad Max himself glued to the screen.

To top off the martial arts battles, our lead with the mysterious past realizes he needs a better relationship with his wife and a relationship with the Lord, period. He soon discovers this reality just as strange signs in the skies suggest the Rapture is nigh.

I admit, all that sounds a bit hokey, as it is a strange combo of genres. Although we could indeed be living in the last times, you need strong film-making elements to reveal end times without coming across as one of those Left Behind films, where suddenly all the Christians are gone, leaving only a pile of clothing behind. There are moments when a bigger budget may have aided those responsible for Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End with a more profound resonance. Still, I was thoroughly involved in the production. David White has done several films with similar themes that suggest we should be prepared for the outcome described in the book of Revelation. He knows that even if the Lord tarries for another thousand years, our time here is fleeting and we should prepare for a life that goes beyond this mortal coil.

Mr. White is a pretty good actor and his sincerity for our spiritual wellbeing is evident.

Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End is not rated, but the 88-minute action drama contains intense subject matter (the Rapture) and more violence (beatings, shootings, etc.) than found in most films from Pure Flix.