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Vic Armstrong’s “Left Behind” is the first of what the producers no doubt hope will be a new series. It’s actually a reboot of a series from a decade or so ago, starring former “Growing Pains'” Kirk Cameron. There was, I think, two films in that franchise. I recall liking both films for what they were — moderately budgeted end-of-the-world movies. I’m a sucker for end-of-the-world movies. Not so much for all the God talk. I could do without that, but then again, I’m going to Hell, so what else is new.
Flash-forward to 2014, and the same people behind the “Left Behind” movies are back and revisiting the apocalypse, this time with Nicolas Cage as their star. (Chad Michael Murray steps in for Cameron as the improbably named Buck Williams.)
Getting Cage for a movie isn’t nearly as impressive as you would think, given that Cage does about 50 movies a year. Hey, that vintage comic book collection isn’t gonna pay for itself, you know.
And yes, the first trailer for the new “Left Behind” movie looks just as dreadful as you thought it would. Granted, I haven’t seen the whole film, but if this minute-long trailer is the best they could come up with — the selling point here seems to be, well, Nic Cage — then, uh, there’s that, I guess.
The plot? It’s the end of the world and all you sinners have been left behind. Thus the title. Plus, the antichrist shows up and shit happens. Or, er, stuff happens. This is a Christian movie, after all.
Starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Jordin Sparks and Lea Thompson.
Ending it all this October 3rd.