Nicolas Cage stars in the first teaser for the end-times film.E. Stephen Burnett on May 30, 2014 | 5 comments
Watch the above trailer, then repeat this profound reaction with me: Okay. Well. Huh.
I must say a little more:
- It’s still a better “Left Behind” marketing effort than for the first attempt, Left Behind: The Movie. Do you remember when Cloud Ten Pictures put the whole thing on VHS in October 1999 and still expected you to go see the film in theaters in February 2000(?!).
- Stunts. ‘Splosions. And Nicolas Cage with a personality (of Nicolas Cage).
- They had better show actual video footage, as the book “showed,” of people getting snatched out of their own clothes and toupees and artificial kneecaps.1 The 1999 direct-to-video film utterly failed in this regard. You didn’t even see a reenacted fulfillment of the now-famous bumper sticker — only the results.
- I actually read about this teaser on Aint It Cool. They’re covering it because of the director, “the mighty Vic Armstrong,” which has major geek cred.
- I got the idea from the trailer that prayer and going to church are good things.
- No disrespect for Kirk Cameron who famously starred as journalist2 Cameron “Buck” Williams in Left Behind ’99, but Buck 2.0 looks more like a journalist.
- Where is Nicolae “Hot Blond International Man of Mystery” Carpathia? The “single personal Satanic Antichrist” concept has even more non-copyrighted cultural name recognition than The Rapture.
- Cage is no Marlboro Man (literally, Marlboro Man actor Brad Johnson played a traditionally masculine Rayford Steele in the first film). Otherwise the cast of this film does remind me a little more of the book.
- Please don’t say, “Haw, haw, all the Christians vanish and this is supposed to be an acocalyptic tragedy?” It’s been said.
- Please also don’t say, “The fact that so many people hate and mock Christians like this surely means The End is Near.” Or maybe that’s just what I would have said when I was 15 and obsessed with the Left Behind book series.
- Which I have come to believe isn extremely perplexing way to view Christ’s second coming, albeit a backward attempt to follow Scripture’s emphasis on the goodness of the human body. ↩
- The film foresaw the dying newsmagazine industry and changed him to a network news reporter; now here in The Future, even network news is dying. ↩