Left Behind (2014)

dir. Vic Armstrong

Who doesn’t want an apocalyptic thriller starring the equally impactful acting forces of Nicolas Cage and Chad Michael Murray? This one involves half the people in the world suddenly disappearing, well before Thanos made the idea mainstream. The ultimate point of Left Behind is a difficult one to ascertain – the tone veers from domestic drama, to survival thriller, to religious treatise, pretty quickly. Half of it is spent in the air while Nicolas Cage’s pilot struggles to keep his plane safe, while the rest follows his daughter on the ground, as she’s told by a priest that all the good guys have gone to heaven and the bad guys have been left behind. This doesn’t allow for any personality growth or moral reckoning – it just sort of is. Left Behind leaves behind only one question: now what?

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