Starring: David A.R. White, Lee Majors,
Jaci Velasquez, Stacy Keach,
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 85 Minutes
Distributor: Pure Flix Entertainment
Director: Harold Cronk
Executive Producer: David Cuddy, William Tailford
and Jay Richardson,
Producer: Elizabeth Travis, Liam Ford,
James Chankin, Michael Scott,
Russell Wolfe, David A.R.
White, and Byron Jones
Writer: Harold Cronk, Liam Ford
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The opening scene is action packed; truck speeds through and smashes into a car, a helicopter crashes, people in the streets screaming, all while agent Shane Daughtry (played by David A.R. White) looks among the chaos, bruised, tired and amazed. The movie then leaps back to reveal how our hero got to this point. Six days earlier, as negotiations for a peace treaty in Israel is taking place, FBI agent Shane Daughtry is thrust into a chase to find nuclear bombs smuggled into the United States. When he teams with CIA agent Eve Rearden, they begin to discover that this ploy is just a diversion for a bigger agenda set in motion.
Based on the book written by Pastor John Hagee, Director Harold Cronk does a superb job of bringing this story of Armageddon espionage to life. Every actor brought to the table a wonderful array of character development. A regular in the Christian movie industry, David A.R. White brings a sense of realism that is often challenged from an actor being within the same niche for so long. As a television actor may have trouble delivering a quality performance in a movie, David breaks the mold of Christian entertainment by his top-notch delivery. Seasoned actors, Lee Majors and Stacy Keach were a lot of fun to watch in these hard-hitting roles and two musician turned actors; Randy Travis and Jaci Velasquez both did a wonderful and surprising job. The action sequences were very well choreographed. The explosions and special effects were very well done, not quite the scale of INDEPENDENCE DAY or 2012 but much better than most.
JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN may not be suitable for young audiences. There is gun violence throughout the entire movie, but there is no blood or extreme graphic depiction of death. Several hand-to-hand fights take place between the hero and the terrorists he’s after. One integration scene has the hero punching and pinning the suspect to wall and then slamming the suspect on the table and stabbing him with a needle filled wih truth serum. Discretion for young audience members is strongly advised but teenagers and adults may enjoy the adventure and thrill of the ride.
This may be one of the better apocalyptic movies that has a strong Christian message. Plenty of adventure, yet the gospel is not lost within the story. In fact, where the gospel message can often be so heavy handed that it becomes “cheesy,” this movie manages to keep it realistic and important to the plot. David A.R. White has done a great job with this latest role teaming up again with Stacy Keach. Jaci Velasquez did a wonderful job as the young woman concerned for her husband. There is enough violence to warrant caution to younger viewers but older children and adults alike will enjoy this movie.