LEFT BEHIND: THE WORLD AT WAR

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Release Date: October 20, 2005

Starring: Kirk Cameran, Louis Gossett,
Jr., Brad Johnson, Gordon
Currie, Charles Martin Smith,
Jessica Steen, Janaya
Stephens, Arnold Pinnock, and
Chelsea Noble

Genre: Thriller

Audience: All ages

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: TBD

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Director: Craig Baxley

Executive Producer: Peter and Paul Lalonde

Producer: André van Heerden

Writer: Paul Lalonde, Peter Lalonde
and André van Heerden

Address Comments To:

Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
(Columbia Pictures/TriStar)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000
Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

Content:

(CCC, VV, M) Extremely strong Christian worldview, with strong references to Jesus Christ, a poignant Communion scene and several overt instances of witnessing between the characters, one in which the President of the United States is led to Jesus Christ; action violence with buildings exploding, people shot, missiles fired at people, people strangled and thrown from buildings, people dying of biological weapons, but not much blood; mild hugging and kissing; no nudity; no drinking or smoking; and, villain is Anti-Christ character.

Summary:

LEFT BEHIND: THE WORLD AT WAR continues the popular series about the fight against the Anti-Christ, in a story about two Christian heroes who get caught up in helping the President defeat the Anti-Christ's plan to destroy America. THE WORLD AT WAR moves briskly and is entertaining, but could still use a bigger budget.

Review:

Sony Pictures has decided to take over the distribution of the LEFT BEHIND franchise. Therefore, LEFT BEHIND: THE WORLD AT WAR is bigger and better. It plays much more like a Hollywood feature film. A 21-year-old who saw it commented on how much better the explosions, missiles, gunfire, and special effects were.

At the beginning of the movie, the President of the U.S., Gerald Fitzhugh, played by Oscar winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., is siding with Nicolae, whom anyone who reads the books knows is the emerging Anti-Christ. The Vice President, however, is siding with the Christian rebels. The Vice President tells President Fitzhugh that Nicolae is planning to destroy the United States. Almost immediately, world troops come and try to take out the President. They blow up a lot of cars and kill the Vice President, but the President escapes.

Cut to the marriage of our heroes, Buck and Chloe, Rayford and Amanda. Rayford, played by Brad Johnson, is Chloe's father and an airline pilot who is the pilot for the world leader, Nicolae. Buck, played by Kirk Cameron, is a reporter who has found Christ. All of them get caught up in Nicolae's plan to destroy America.

In the process, Buck leads the President to Jesus Christ, and the President witnesses to others. Nicolae demonstrates his powers, but the President is clearly being protected by God.

LEFT BEHIND: THE WORLD AT WAR is much more of a standalone movie than the first two movies in the series. Sony's involvement has improved the quality.

However, it is still clear that this is a serial, like the old cowboy movies, or a TV series. Therefore, the movie is perhaps not as satisfying as a truly standalone feature film, with a clearly defined beginning, middle and tend. Although the movie moves briskly and is entertaining, some of the dialogue and acting are still weak.

The good news is that this movie will revive interest in a series that actually witnesses to Jesus Christ. The not-so-good news is that it could have been a little better if there had been more money poured into it and the writers had given up on the serial format to tell a more cohesive story.

In Brief:

LEFT BEHIND: THE WORLD AT WAR continues the popular series about the fight against the Anti-Christ. In the beginning, the President of the U.S. is siding with Nicolae, the emerging Anti-Christ. The Vice President, however, sides with the Christian rebels. The Vice President tells the President that Nicolae is planning to destroy the United States. Almost immediately, world troops come and try to kill the President. They kill the Vice President, but the President escapes. Two Christian heroes get caught up in helping the President defeat Nicolae's plan to destroy America.

LEFT BEHIND: THE WORLD AT WAR is more of a standalone movie than the first two movies in the series. It is bigger and better. However, it is still clear that this is a serial, like the old cowboy movies, or a TV series. Therefore, the movie is perhaps not as satisfying as a truly standalone feature film, with a clearly defined beginning, middle and tend. Although the movie moves briskly and is entertaining, some of the dialogue and acting are still weak. The good news is that this movie will revive interest in a series that actually witnesses to Jesus Christ.