Earlier in the year I reviewed the recent Left Behind film that came out, and I felt like it didn’t have much to say in terms of God or getting saved or anything like that. My feeling was if it didn’t have much to say about that, it probably didn’t warrant a viewing.
This original film version starring Kirk Cameron from 2000 does a better job, and wasn’t nearly as low-budget or bad as I remembered. I would say it’s on par with a bigger-budget-than-usual made-for-TV movie from that same era.
The film follows Cameron as a reporter who is on a plane when the Rapture occurs, after he has done a new story in which Israel is nearly invaded by its neighbors. After he lands, end-time events unfold. I’m not sure how true to the movie is to the book, but it’s surprisingly watchable from start to finish.
The weakest parts though are the very odd ones with the airline pilot finding God after a lifetime of neglectful behavior and even cheating on his wife. Maybe it’s portrayed better in book form, but it just isn’t convincing at all here. Also, the ending with the Antichrist is very jarring and felt unnecessary, from a narrative sense. That could have been saved for a sequel (there are two, apparently).
If you find this for cheap or see it on TV, I would say give it a watch. It doesn’t have a ridiculously strong Biblical message, but it does offer much more than the newer film adaptation does.