Nicolas Cage is Stuck on a Plane in Theatrical Trailer for 'Left Behind'
by Ethan Anderton
August 5, 2014
"He took the to protect them from the darkest time in the history of this world." After cautioning against the first trailer for the new adaptation of the religious, rapture-centric book Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage, we can't help but do the same with the full theatrical trailer that has just been released. With melodrama heightened by the use of Civil Twilight's song "Letters from the Sky," this attempts to pull at the heartstrings, but still feels like nothing more than a TV movie from the 90s. Lea Thompson and Chad Michael Murray don't add anything to the proceedings, but we really didn't expect them to at all. Watch?
Here's the new trailer for Vic Armstrong's Left Behind, originally from Yahoo:
Left Behind is directed by Vic Armstrong and written by Jerry B. Jenkins, based on Tim LaHaye's novel of the same name. Without warning, millions of people around the globe simply vanish. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. And there is no one to help or provide answers. The earth has been plunged into darkness. For Ray Steele (Nicolas Cage), the pilot of a jumbo jet, it means trying to calm hysterical passengers and trying to land his damaged plane when airports are jammed with burning wrecks. Lea Thompson & Chad Michael Murray also star in the film Samuel Goldwyn Films releases on October 3rd.
I literally dont understand what the thought was here. Religious movies are typically thought of as a joke by most moviegoers, and nick cage is also thought of as a joke by most moviegoers, putting them together only makes each of them individually and collectively look like an even bigger joke. Seriously, who was in charge here? Unfortunate, because if i didnt have the association I did with religious movies and nick cage, this trailer wouldnt even seem half bad.
jay on Aug 5, 2014
Here's the thing, they tried this before with a C-List actor and it did incredibly well considering the budget. They put it out in theaters and it made it's money back there alone, but they also put it out on DVD and VHS that same day and it made BANK at the Christian book stores. Christian movie goers are seeing a LOT of these kinds of films lately. The Son of God movie and God's Not Dead got a lot of sold out screenings those opening weekends and this will do the same. Nick Cage gives it credibility to some extent. Keep in mind most people have bad taste. Christian movie fans even more so.
Kento on Aug 5, 2014
That's definitely a good point. This film just seems like its going to have to work a lot harder to make back its budget with all the SFX and whatnot. But I guess thats where cage comes in.
jay on Aug 5, 2014
SkyNet300 on Aug 6, 2014
I read these books as a kid. They are VERY religious. Not sure if propaganda is the right word, but they definitely push a clear agenda.
Zen on Aug 5, 2014
Looks a full scale lol-athon. Will be watching it.
Carpola on Aug 5, 2014
The first one was horrible and this doesn't look much better. If they wanted to get non-Christians to see a film about the rapture, putting Nic Cage in it was not the best move. And from the trailer it looks like it's all about him on the plane which gets resolved pretty quickly in the book. What about the rest of the story? I agree with jay, who put this together? If they would stop trying to make a "Christian" movie and just concentrate on making a great film that just so happens to be based on Revelation, they might succeed.
David Diaz on Aug 5, 2014
This is on tv right now. Google The Leftovers.
Mr Chatterbox on Aug 5, 2014
Bleh, looks really bland.
DAVIDPD on Aug 5, 2014
This is EXACTLY the pitch of The Leftovers, they even copy the first part of the name... This is so pathetic. Nic Cage, stop doing those shitty movies, please.
guilamu on Aug 6, 2014
The Left Behind books came out in the 90's, and both those and The Leftovers are based loosely on the biblical book of Revelations, written a few thousand years ago.
Stacey McDonald on Aug 6, 2014
Here's the thing...the books were terrible even by Christian fiction standards (this coming from a Christian). That being said, if they would have not tried so hard to make a faith-based movie instead of just making a good movie, this could be great. In the books, the middle 2 or 3 of the series would make for some pretty intense supernatural-themed movies. But based on what I'm seeing here, there's no hope for that. Also,....yeah, Nic Cage...ugh
Barry Napier on Aug 6, 2014
I watched the trailer for fun, ( Nick Cage makes my skin crawl).....but agree with Jay.
Randall Miller on Aug 6, 2014
"Ray Steele" Sheesh.
Xerxexx on Aug 6, 2014
This looks awful!
SkyNet300 on Aug 6, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: The longtime No. 1 pretrib rapture authority, Dr. John Walvoord of Dallas Seminary, has written that the "Left Behind" books and movies have a NON-BIBLICAL foundation! Walvoord says in his book "The Rapture Question," p. 169, that the ones "taken" first in Matt. 24 are the wicked who are judged and killed, and the ones "left" behind are the righteous - which is just the OPPOSITE of what "Left Behind" books and films portray! For proof of this, Google "The 'Left Behind' Rupture" which was aired on Joe Ortiz's "The End Times Passover" blog on August 12, 2014. (For more shocks Google "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty," "Pretrib Rapture Pride," "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy," "Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham," and "Pretrib Rapture Stealth."
Irv Spielberg on Aug 20, 2014
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