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THE BOOK
Left Behind, by authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, has hit the New York Times best-seller list as have several of its sequels. And, all six titles in the book series sit one on top of the other at the top of the Christian best-seller lists.

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THE SEQUELS:
Tribulation Force (Left Behind #2)
Nicolae (Left Behind #3)
Soul Harvest (Left Behind #4)
Apollyon (Left Behind #5)

 
 

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I WAS MOVED...
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001
From: suzan

I am reading all these negative comments on the movie. Personally, i was very moved by this film. I honestly enjoyed this film very much. I sunk into the story and didn't notice the "bad acting" and "terrible camera shots"... as for this film being watched by secular people, i'll leave it up to God to decide if they would be touched by this film or not. it might or might not be effective at all to them... but that's up to God. i WOULD recommend it just because i want to have the Gospel of the Lord available to them in many ways as possible. It's not just about entertainment, it's about being saved...

SECULAR??
Subject: Left Behind
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001
From: JClark

Thanks to the saving power of Jesus I am not going to be here during the Tribulation. I have enjoyed reading the Left Behind Series put out by Cloud Ten....I can watch with assurance that this is in no way Humanistic or Secular....or for that matter none of these new religous...cults? How does anyone know who is behind some of these movies?

LEFT BEHIND AND THE COSMIC CONSPIRACY
Subject: "Left Behind" movie
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001
From: Serge Bessette

I've been watching carefully the video untitled "Left behind" and I must admit that you have done a great job.

Not so long ago, I read a book untitiled "The Cosmic Conspiracy", a book written by Stan Deyo. This book speaks about the american government's implication in trying to build some "flying objects" that do not need conventional reactor propulsors nor any propellors. Apparently, according to Deyo's research, they have succeeded in making such "flying objects"!

The reason why I'm telling you this is that the Bible speaks about the "deception of wickedness" that the Antichrist will use to literally seduce the whole world when he'll come into power. (2 Thes. 2:1 to 10) In my point of view, which is the same as Deyo's, the Antichrist and his army will use such "flying objects" to introduce the so-called "New World Order" or "New Age" to the whole world in the last days.

If we look at the actual science-fiction movies like "Dune" or "Star Wars", we can assume that some people are already preparing the way to the coming of the Antichrist to the young generation. The "Jedi" is just a "messiah figure" that comes from the Old Testament when Nathan, the prophet, gave the name "Jedidja" to Solomon, the son of David. (2 Sam. 12:25) Of course, as you may know it, this name literally means "Beloved of the Lord" ("Jedi" = "Beloved" and "dja" = "Jehovah"). In the film "Dune", the so-called "messiah" had the power to destroy his enemies with the very "breath of his mouth", just as the real Messiah will be able to do when he'll make his appearance. (Es. 11:4 and 2 Thes. 2:8) Of course, this is just a mimic of what the truth really is. The truth is that the Lord will just come back in the same way he left this world, meaning that he will not come on board of any "space-craft" to introduce his kingdom! (Acts 1:11)

I believe it is not very wise from our part to publically declare that we are waiting for "new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells", because such a statement is giving more weapons to the Antichrist to eliminate us from the surface of this earth, assuming that, as Jesus told Pilate that "his kingdom was not of this world", we do not then deserve to live in this actual world because we just don't care about it! (John 18:36) You see, that's the main problem with the christian faith. On one hand we have a God who promised us a "new world" that is the most comforting to us (2 Pet. 3:13 and Rev. 21:1 to 4); but on the other hand we have a God who left us alone in this world lead by Satan himself! (1 John 5:19)

For that precise reason, I just hope that the word of the Lord will be fulfilled, which states that "Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, those days shall be cut short!" (Mat. 24:22) As you can see, this doesn't give much room to personal interpretation. It simply means that God will have to intervene in man's affair to put an end to human cruelty and folly! And that's what will really happen when God will send his "two witnesses" to bring all kind of plagues over a world that has lost his mind and his dignity! (Rev. 11:3-6)

Now, from there, we know that the "rapture" will take place when the "last and seventh trumpet" will sound. You may not agree with me, but that's exactly what the Spirit of prophecy speaks about in the book of Revelation! (Rev. 10:7, 11:15, 1 Cor.15:51-52 and 1 Thes. 4:16-17) Those two "witnesses" will have to be killed first by the "beast that comes up out of the abyss" before the "rapture" takes place! Like it or not, that's exactly what will happen in the last days. (Rev. 11:7) Here, the "beast that comes up out of the abyss", must be seen as "the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of truth so as to be saved." (2 Thes. 2:9-10) Now, this must necessarily have something to do with some "flying saucers" that occasionally appeared in the sky of the United States of America or even of Europe. When, in 1990, a luminous triangular shape flying saucer appeared over Belgium, where resides the "BEAST" (Belgium Economic Accounting Surveillance Terminal), a lot of people witnessed this phenomenon. It was not a joke! The "medias" even spoke about it!

Moreover, there is a key text in the Bible that clearly reveals when our gathering will occur with Jesus on the clouds of heaven : ... this wonderful event will happen only after the man of lawlessness will be revealed, which will come with the activity of Satan and with all power and signs and false wonders. (2 Thes. 2:1to10) Therefore, we can assume here that Jesus will allow us to meet him on the clouds of heaven only after this man of perdition will be killed by the breath of the Lord's mouth ... and not before! (2 Thes. 2:8) Another thing I must say about the rapture. Many films on the subject show the remaining cloths of those who have suddenly vanished to demonstrate that they are obviously gone. In my opinion, this doesn't make much sense. In fact, the apostle Paul says somewhere : "For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life." (2 Cor. 5:4) This text suggests that the rapture of the believers will occur in a way in which the elect will suddently be transformed into radiant beings that will simply leave the earth (without leaving their cloth behind) to meet Jesus on the clouds of heaven, in the air. Just as the two witnesses of God will be resurrected three days after their death and will be seen by all the unbelievers, going up into heaven in a cloud, so it must be with all the believers at the general resurrection of the saints! (Rev. 11:11-12) - We must see them going in the heaven in a radiant form of life ... just like angels would do! - (Luke 20:34to36)

Now, everybody knows that NATO also has his base in Belgium. By now, I believe NATO is making all it can to usher a potential nuclear world war in which will miraculously intervene the "Space Brothers" to put an end to it and bring the "New World Order" (and the "mark of the beast") so long awaited by all! To say it plainly, I truly believe that the U.S. government is directly involved in such a conspiracy scenario that will promote hatred against all christians, which thing will automatically lead to a "witch-hunt" against all those who will refuse the UNITY of the WORLD and the soon coming of the New 666 World Order of peace and prosperity. And as the Lord Jesus-Christ said: "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occured since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall"! (Mat. 24:21) In fact, we know that the Antichrist will someday reign in the last jewish Temple that will be built in Jerusalem in the latter days, even showing himself as being God on earth. (2 Thes. 2:4) This Antichrist, will somehow promote a New 666 World Order of prosperity and peace to the whole world in remembrance of the good old days, when the king Solomon was receiving each year the weight of 666 talents of gold as a way of recognition! (1 Kings 10:14) Now, we must understand here that, for almost all orthodox Jews, the number 666 is basically a positive symbol, because they only have the Old Testament on which they can build their faith. For that reason, they (and all the unbelievers) will obviously accept this impostor as the Messiah who will show great power and signs and wonders and who will allow the Jews to rebuild their Temple near the islamic Mosque of El Aqsa, finally bringing peace to this hot region of the world between the Arabs and the Jews. Are starting to get the picture? Jesus himself, speaking of the latter days, says that : "For false chr! ists and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance." (Mat. 24:24-25) In fact, none of the elect will be deceived in any way. The reason : We know in advance what are the very schemes of the devil! (Eph. 6:11)
Truly yours, Serge Bessette

A MESSAGE TO A LOST WORLD
Subject: Left Behind: A Message to the Lost World
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001
From: Daniel Miramar, Florida

I thought "Left Behind" brought a clear message to a world that does not understand the biblical message of the end times. Even if it does not lead them to accept Christ, it will allow them to understand better what is to come. It is unfortunate that they released the film on Home Video first. To send Hollywood a message, then they should have released it just as Hollywood does - - Build up to a Grand Opening - - Open on a few preview screens the week before - - Then have an opening weeked with a big push among churchgoers - - Then promote the next week to the remaining audience who may have heard about it.

By releasing to Christians for months before, there was little reason to go to the box office and pay for a ticket. We did, in hopes that it would help the cause of getting out the message. Unfortunately, because of a poor marketing plan we may not get to see Part 2, 3 . . .
Daniel Miramar, Florida

GO SEE IT
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001
From: Betty Hamm bhamm@efcn.org

I have not seen the Left Behind movie at the theatres. I have seen the video and I have read all of the books, and I have heard Jerry Jenkins speak on the books. As I have read through all of the comments posted I have found the responses interesting. I would not say that this movie is a beautiful work of art. It is not academy award winning material. The acting is mediocre for the most part. The pacing is poor. It lacks the intensity of the book and the special effects scream low budget. I had hoped for more.

I listened to and interview with the producer on the radio. He said the budget was in the same category as the independent film market. I believe that is very possible. However, independent films make up in budget with excellent acting, hard edged in-your-face scripts and unusual film techniques. ("The Limey" or "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" for example.) I had hoped that Left Behind would follow that lead. It didn't. It has sparked discussion in our home with friends who were unaware that Christ will return and prompted biblical discussion on the last days.

Unlike Darrel, I do see the Bible as one unified story. The story of a holy God seeking reconciliation with a lost world. I believe that the Bible is true and literal. I believe that God will judge the world, that Christ will return, that believers will be raptured, and that there will be a battle like none we have ever seen before and that Satan will be defeated. God is a god of love, but we must never forget that He is a holy God who cannot look upon sin. If we buy into a feel-good religion where God will take everyone and we don't need to worry about hell because it is on earth and not something that is in the afterlife, then we have bought into, lock, stock, and barrel, the best lie that satan ever came up with.

I do not want to argue theology. Whether you are pre, mid, or post trib doesn't really matter to me, because you know what, we don't get a vote. But whether you understand that Jesus is the only son of God and that He died for your sins on the cross and that the ONLY way to eternal life is through Him. Well, that matters to me a lot. I beseech each of you who disagrees with me to please search the scriptures and ask the Lord to make His plan of salvation clear to you. Don't be afraid to invite your friends, believers or not, to Left Behind. There is nothing wrong with saying, wow! They did not do a very good job with that film, but it brings up some interesting concepts.

As a Christian artist, I believe it is our duty and calling to pursue excellence for our Lord. However, do not let the pursuit or artist excellence cloud the reason we do art at all. I except that Left Behind was done poorly, but I also accept that it has an accurate message. I hope they learn and refine their craft and try again. Sorry this was so long.
---Betty
-- David, feel free to publish my email address.

CHARLES SPURGEON WOULDN'T APPROVE
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001
From: "Tom Johnson"
Organization: Christ the King PCA, El Paso, Texas

This is Tom Johnson's review of the movie "Left Behind"
e-mail address: info@ctkpca.org

Spurgeon's Review of Left Behind

Recently I watched the newly released movie, Left Behind, which is an attempt to bring one interpretation of the Apostle John's vision of Revelation and the "end times" to the big screen. This movie is clearly intended to be evangelistic. It's webpage boasts, "this isn't some little Christian movie, but an end-time, soul-winning blockbuster that will impact the lives of the people you bring to see it on the big screen." This movie may be "spectacular entertainment," as they claim, but it is certainly not going to win any souls. How could I be so bold? Because no where in the movie does it speak of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is mentioned only one time in the entire movie.

No doubt the conversions of some of the characters in the movie were designed to convey an evangelistic message. But do these so-called conversions deliver that message? For example, the pastor who missed the "Rapture" missed it because he knew and preached the "truth" but did not actually believe it. No where are we told what this "truth" is. Is the "truth" the "Rapture"? While I certainly will not question the validity of this kind of demonic faith (James 2:19), it remains unclear what the content of his faith has become. His prayer is, "Forgive me of my sins . . . give me one more chance to receive You." On what basis should this pastor's sins be forgiven? Does God forgive sinners just for the asking? What does it mean to receive God? These anecdotal expressions come out of pop Christianity and not the language of the Bible or the language of our culture. The Evangelical Church once more finds itself a slave to its own pitiful jargon that conveys little to no meaning to the unbelieving audience.

The protagonist, Buck Williams, has a similar conversion. However, his is an even more disturbing one. It is after Buck realizes that certain prophecies are proving true that he utters, "It's true. All of it is true." Unquestionably Buck is referring to the truthfulness of "end times prophecy" and not the Person, life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then he prays, "God . . . please forgive me. I just know I need you and I believe. Show me what to do." Why does Buck Williams need God? Does Buck need a co-pilot to help steer him though the tribulation or a Savior to deliver him from God's perfect justice and eternal damnation? Again, the object of Buck's faith is unclear at best and, at worst, not enough to deliver his soul from the fury of a holy God.

A century and a half ago, Charles Haddon Spurgeon,an English Baptist preacher, dealt with this same sort of fascination with "end times" at the expense of the Apostolic Gospel. He said the following about the "gospel" in his day:

Do you notice at the present moment, the way the gospel is put? I am uttering no criticism upon anyone in particular, but I continually read the exhortation, "Give your heart to Christ." . . . If we think that we shall do more good by substituting another exhortation for the gospel command, we shall find ourselves landed in serious difficulties. If, for a moment, our improvements seem to produce a larger result than the old gospel, it will be the growth of mushrooms, it may even be the growth of toadstools; but it is not the growth of trees of the Lord. Let us keep close to Christ as our infallible Teacher in these days of peril, and be exceedingly jealous of the truth, else we may be duped (1).

Spurgeon was no enemy or stranger to church growth. He was the pastor of Metropolitan Tabernacle in London which was the largest non-denominational church in the world at that time. Yet Spurgeon was convinced that one thing and only one thing is the key to "winning souls": the preaching of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

[T]he gospel is always wanted. There are always some persons who urgently need it, and will perish unless they receive it. It is a matter of hourly necessity. There may be finer and more artistic things to speak about than the simplicities of Christ, but there are certainly no more useful and requisite things (2).

The Apostle Paul said, "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:2, NASB). Paul also was no stranger to church growth either having evangelized many cities through his preaching. Paul makes the Gospel very plain in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (NASB)

Again we see that the Gospel is the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even more distressing than this anecdotal Christianity is the fact that any discussion of the Person of Christ is absent in the film. This same love for the "spectacular" and sensational is not new to American Christianity or the English Church of the 19th century. And so the Church of Jesus Christ must hear His words again in Revelation chapter 2, verse 4: "I have this against you, that you have left your first love" (NASB ).

The simple doctrines would be great novelties in some pulpits I could mention. A king once asked a courtier what made a certain French preacher so famous. "Your majesty" said the nobleman, "he preaches the gospel, and that is the scarcest thing in France" (3).

How true of much of the Church today. So what would Spurgeon's closing words about Left Behind be?

[A biblical preacher] wants to have souls saved and Christians quickened and therefore he does not for ever pour out the vials, and blow the trumpets of prophecy. I am greedy after witnesses for the glorious gospel of the blessed God. O that Christ crucified were the universal burden of men of God. Your guess at the number of the beast, your Napoleonic speculations, your conjectures concerning a personal Antichrist-forgive me, I count them but mere bones for dogs; while men are dying and hell is filling, it seems to me the veriest drivel to be muttering about Armageddon (4).

-Tom Johnson, Minister
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1. Spurgeon, C. H. An All-Round Ministry, p. 376.
2. ________. Evangelistic Sermons, p. 119.
3. ________. An All-Round Ministry, p. 308.
4. Murray, Ian. A Puritan Hope, p. 262.

JC BLESSES LEFT BEHIND
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001
From: Ginny Koenig

I have been waiting for this day for years, I know the Lord, Jesus Christ will bless you efforts and draw many to Him. I can't wait for my famiy and friends to see it. Bless you, keep the only worhwhile movie coming.
Ginny and Al Koenig

WITH A FILM LIKE THIS, WHO NEEDS SATAN
Subject: Left Behind Review
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001
From: Ray

With people promoting the faith like this, who needs Satan? Don't get me wrong, the message is one to live your life by, but common' people. Face it, this movie will probably hurt the cause more than spread it. I have to agree with Mr. Thompson on this one. THIS WAS, BY FAR, THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN MAKE IT TO THE BIG SCREEN. Agreeably profanity, nudity, violence, and a large budget are not needed to produce a good movie, however, good acting is. In addition, I think it a horrific mistake to compromise the attractiveness of the Anti-Christ in order to induce animosity into the audience's relationship with him. If this movie is suppose to be a warning of what's to come (avoidance by being ready and being one of the one's taken excluded) then isn't it defeating the purpose by warning the audience of an Anti-Christ that obviously is one? I know he's leading the world peace movement and everyone in the world loves him in the movie but by enabling the audience to SEE his evil we are in essence reinforcing one of the secular world's main problems to begin with; the arrogant notion that, instead of trusting in God, they will be able to take care of themselves by identifying and resisting evil when exposed to it. I think the Anti-Christ's image to the audience should have stayed true to his charismatic and attractive nature. This movie makes the Anti-Christ look like a relative Hitler. He needs to be somewhere along the lines of John Lennon. The audience would undoubtedly be more impacted by being directly involved with the deceit. Okay, enough of my backseat directing.

Regardless of the fact that I believe the money used to make Left Behind could have been used more effectively to spread the word, (I'm fighting saying this with every fiber of my being) I still recommend seeing the movie for charity purposes; supporting the faith monetarily at most. It's almost worth seeing just to see how bad movies can get. Besides, seeing Left Behind could be a wonderful lesson in bad movie making for the entire family.
Ray

TOO MUCH OF THIS IN PENTECOSTAL CHURCHES
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001
From: Bob

I had not read the book series since I am not into conspiracy theories and end-times predictions. I got too much of that stuff in the pentecostal church where I grew up where everything technological was either of the devil or would usher in the antichrist and we were so rapture and heavenly minded that we were not prepared to be earthly good, Great Commission fulfilling Christians. However, at the pleading from a fellow brother in Christ, I borrowed his copy of this movie and watched it. After viewing numerous commercials of other Apocalyptic, rapture movies from Cloud Ten pictures (starring Nick Mancuso as the antichrist himself) before the movie started (side note: Remember, it was the leaders and founders of Cloud Ten Pictures Peter and Paul Lalonde that went Y2K crazy a year and a half ago preaching gloom and doom. Also another of their conspiracy theory, antichrist of the week predicting buddies Jack and Rexella Van Impe was briefly in the movie on the airplane. I noticed that they did not get left behind in the rapture scene. Hmmmmmmmmmm), I found this movie hard to watch this movie because every scene filmed inside of a building looked too blurry and too dark on my home theater (also the scene w/ Nicolae killing the two gentlemen appeared very choppy and re-patch-edited over and over again) while scenes filmed outside with natural sunlight looked ok. I have been told that the mass producers of the DVD disc and VHS tapes admitted to numerous production flaws and stores nationwide were replacing the DVD discs and VHS tapes. However, what I saw appeared to have happened due to poor lighting or the wrong shades of light during the filming of this movie.

Also, many of the scenes did not blend in together in natural progression. I had to call up a friend who had read the book explain to me what was going on that the producers left out or in many instances, changed certain parts of the book to make the movie better. Therefore, understanding much of this movie relies on one reading the book first before seeing the movie in order to know the inside information and the behind the scenes happenings to understand this book. The special effects were not special, with the jets blowing up reminded me of a 1980's video game. I wondered how many airplanes flew over Israel at one time. We did not fly as many over Iraq in Desert Storm. This movie had the quality of a Sunday night made for TV murder movie. Kirk Cameron lacked the enthusiasm and did not show enough emotion to make his role convincing along with the stiffness of the airplane pilot. Chelsea Noble and Clarence Gilyard did decent but Nicolae looked too boyish and immature as the Antichrist.

This movie does take a pre-trib approach that may offend some theologians and the guys at Cloud Ten had to briefly sneak in their love for "Bible Codes" by bringing up a scene of interpreting some cryptic letters on a computer screen as a "Bible Code" that could only be interpreted by the pastor, another controversial and gnostic concept. Also, there was way too much emphasis on the verse of "two men walking side by side, one raptured, one left behind" as everybody that was left behind was with someone who was raptured, plus all the children were raptured which now brings up issues of spiritual accountability. Also, the name of Jesus is not mentioned and the Salvation scenes are hard to impossible for a non-believer to follow. The movie ministers really to other Christians and does not really offer the sinner a clear pathway to Salvation in order not to be left behind. However, I was suprised that Mr. LaHaye's and Mr. Jenkins's names do not appear in the movie credits nor on the packaging. In fact, Mr Jenkins has praised the movie and Mr. LaHaye has sued Cloud Ten and Namesake Entertainment claiming breach of contract over budget, characters, and the controversial release stragety of releasing the movie to tape and DVD prior to release in the theater. Cloud Ten states that this is a way to generate a "Gideon's Army" to persuade the theaters to show this movie. However, I am wondering if they are using the sales of the movies to either generate the advertising budget of the theater release or pay off the debt in making the movie. I now question the stragety of releasing the movie to videotape before the theater. If you have seen it once on tape, why go re-see it again on the big screen.

Overall, It's a lot better than The Omega Code (aka The Mega Crap) in production quality and in theology, and is a natural progression towards better Christian filmmaking that needs to continue to take place. Based on what I have seen, if you have read the books, you will either be disappointed because the movie is vastly different than the book or you will understand and love the movie. If you have not read the book, you will become lost and confused as you try to understand this movie. I am definately disappointed as this movie does not tell sinners how not to become "left behind". Instead, the end of this tape is a "grass-roots" plea to help sponsor this movie, promote the movie similar to the way Omega Code was promoted, and get the movie played in the nearest theater near you. This may draw Christians into the theater and have a decent first week financial success but I feel like this will be limited as interest from the unsaved is minimal to say the least. If one carries the unsaved to see this movie, I would recommend that you be prepared to answer their questions about Christianity, Salvation, the end-times and other Spiritual issues. Believe me, this movie left behind more questions than it did answers. If the Christians are not prepared to answer the questions from the unsaved, then bringing the unsaved to see this movie would be done in vain.

EMPTY SEATS
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001
From: Dan

My wife and I went to the opening show at a local theater. The movie had been promoted by several churches and the Lifeway Christian Bookstores. We even had discount passes to use. Unfortunately, there were one 6 persons in the theater. As we watched the opening scenes the strange thought came over me that this might be like it will be at the RAPTURE ! the theater was full one second and almost emptied in the next.
Dan

DISAPPOINTED
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001
From: Pam Texas

I was so disappointed in the movie Left Behind. I was hoping it would be as good as the books (not even close). I wanted to tell all my non-Christian friends to see the movie........as a witnessing tool. Well, I'll have to tell the truth.........it's not very good at all !!!! I wish it was. God Bless, Pam Texas

LEFT BEHIND LEAVES ACTING, PLOT BEHIND
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001
From: Phil Newman Franklin, TN

With all due respect to the filmmakers... My wife and I have read all of the Left Behind books and enjoyed them, and we had high hopes that the film would be first-rate. It's not. It's not even close. The casting is third-tier, the performances often robotic, the script bland, and the plot jumbled. Rayford's transformation from skeptic to believer seems rushed, and Kirk Cameron, bless his heart, lacks the gravitas to pull off a leading-man performance. (But then, I guess Tom Hanks wasn't available.) I wish I could recommend the film to my non-Christian friends and family members, but I'm afraid seeing it would simply reinforce their dim view of "Christian filmmaking." Perhaps someday a major-release film will be produced that esteems Christ and draws members of a mainstream audience toward true faith in Him, but regrettably, Left Behind isn't that film.
Respectfully, Phil Newman Franklin, TN
hellonewman@jahoopa.com

LEFT BEHIND BIG SCREEN RELEASE IS A MISTAKE
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001
From: "Larry"

I watched the video and wondered if the producers had ever read the book. And when it was over, I wondered where the second tape was because the movie just sort of died in the middle of a scene. Seriously, I hope that the theater release of the movie contains a lot more than what was released on video or it's going to be a flop. Nonbelievers won't even begin to understand what's going on. Like most movies, the book is often better than the movie; and in this case, the book is the only one worth purchasing.

LESS THAN A B MOVIE
Subject: Movie review
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001
From: Linda Johnson Manchester, CT

Unfortunately for us as a Christian community, the production values, directing, and acting in the film make it less than a "B" movie. I don't think it merits a release in theaters; at best, it's "Lifetime" quality.
Linda Johnson Manchester, CT

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