‘Left Behind’ Lands Full-Length Trailer

Today Yahoo Movies debuted the evangelical end-times film’s full-length trailer.
E. Stephen Burnett | Aug 5, 2014 | 4 comments |

An onscreen Rapture you can believe in?

The bestselling 1995 end-times novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins gets an evangelical-tested, author-approved film remix for 2014. Today Yahoo Movies debuted the evangelical end-times film’s full-length trailer.1

A few personal observations2:

  • The trailer shows actual disastrous consequences of the Rapture — instead of, say, a few piles of clothes and a single car-crash scene as shown in the 1999 direct-to-video film starring Kirk Cameron.3
  • But still no flashbacks and/or videos of the actual moment of the vanishing. I want to see this.
  • No burgeoning Antichrist and one-world-government movement to see here. The film’s FAQ page specifies that this film will cover only the day of the Rapture. Interesting.
  • It appears that in this film version, pilot Rayford Steele’s daughter Chloe will be in Chicago the whole time and the story will follow her experiences on the ground — similar to the Left Behind dramatic audio series by GapDigital that went beyond the first novel to follow some of Chloe’s emergency journey from California to Chicago.
  • Did I also see newspaper-turned-TV/web journalist Cameron “Buck” Williams in the co-pilot’s seat? It appears in this version the copilot also vanishes and puts the whole plane in danger, meaning the series’s two heroes meet earlier. Could be a great change.
  • With a little work, airline captain Rayford Steele could look like Nicolas Cage (instead of Brad Johnson, The Marlboro Man). And God bless Kirk Cameron, but Chad Michael Murray better resembles globetrotting journalist Cameron “Buck” Williams.
  • Only the requisite non-action-film-esque evangi-pop song gives away the fact that this isn’t a standard secular action film.

Left Behind releases in theaters Oct. 3.

  1. It’s also been reposted by these chaps on YouTube, thus the above embed.
  2. I re-confess to being a non-ironic, unrepentant Left Behind series fan, even though I recognize the criticisms of the novels and also now reject the series’ view of the end times.
  3. The film later released in theaters in February 2000, with lackluster results.
E. Stephen Burnett is coauthor of a nonfiction book about parenting and popular culture (title TBA), to release spring 2020 from New Growth Press. He also explores biblical truth and fantastic stories as editor in chief of Lorehaven Magazine and writer at Speculative Faith. He has also written for Christianity Today and Christ and Pop Culture. He and his wife, Lacy, live in the Austin area and serve as members of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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John D. Chitty

My favorite part is when the title of the movie gets raptured at the last moment of the trailer.

John D. Chitty

I’m not joking, but I am laughing about it.