Left Behind: World at War
A year and a half ago the world was hit with the biggest catastrophe it had ever seen. Without warning and without explanation, hundreds of millions of people simply vanished off the face of the earth. The world was in chaos like it had never been before. Yet somehow, one man seemed to rise to the challenge. One man had the strength and conviction to unite a shattered world. One man gave the world hope. That man was Nicolae Carpathia (Currie). He now rules the entire world.
President Gerald Fitzhugh (Gossett), like most of America, whole-heartedly supports Nicolae’s new global leadership, but there are those who do not. A dangerous militia movement and an underground group of born-again Christians actively, but separately, work to bring Nicolae down. Their reasons for resistance may be different, but both groups are labeled as dangerous terrorists that Fitzhugh must stop without mercy. After an attempt on his life however, Fitzhugh begins to look closer at Nicolae and his new World Government. He forces Buck Williams (Cameron), an international journalist who has an inside track to Nicolae, to help him. Buck is a Christian and believes that Nicolae is actually the prophesied Antichrist, but Fitzhugh wants facts – not stories.
With the help of a militia spy, Fitzhugh uncovers the government’s horrific plans for genocide and quickly he joins the very resistance he had sacrificed so much to destroy. Meanwhile thousands are infected with the government’s deadly manufactured virus, including Buck’s new wife Chloe Steele (Stephens) and his mentor Pastor Bruce Barnes (Pinnock). With time running out both Fitzhugh and Buck must make the toughest decisions of their lives.
This is the best “Left Behind” film so far. Based on the second part of the book “Tribulation Force,” this film will entertain the entire family, although the concept may be too much for younger children. This movie is comprised of some excellent acting, along with great special effects. I have to admit, I didn’t think this film would be able to produce sequences that rival large studios. I highly recommend watching this movie.
Even though there are a few scenes with large explosions and gunfire, there is nothing explicit about them. The concept of the Tribulation may be difficult for children to understand, which may prevent them from fully enjoying the film. Although the film doesn’t vary much from the book, I still recommend it to those who have read the book, as it’s nice to see someone else’s perception.