What could possibly make air travel worse? That’s probably not the overarching theme of Vic Armstrong’s new Left Behind film, but it’s certainly something that makes itself quite plain in this new trailer.
Based on Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye’s bestselling book series, this new Left Behind feature boldly asks, “what if we just stuck Nicolas Cage in Kirk Cameron’s place and called it a day?” Think of how weird “Growing Pains” would be! But, really, the new Left Behind film is a fresh adaptation of Jenkins and LaHaye’s series, a sprawling sixteen-book series that has already spawned three Cameron-starring films. While Jenkins and LaHaye’s series covers a lot of ground (sixteen books will do that for you) the first book is a relatively simple interpretation of the Rapture. Well, as simple as that gets.
The film centers on airline pilot Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage, yelling a lot), who we soon learn isn’t the greatest of dudes (all it takes is one sly shot of a pretty flight attendant eyeing ol’ Ray for us to figure out what’s going on). You know who seems nice, though? Ray’s daughter, Chloe (Cassi Thomson). Guess who is even more nice? His wife Irene (Lea Thompson), who has recently rededicated herself to her faith. While on a seemingly routine flight, there’s a boom, and then kind of a poof — the poof of a number of passengers disappearing from the flight. Totally. They don’t even take their clothes. Ray, of course, freaks out, as does passenger Buck Williams (Chad Michael Murray), while young Chloe is trapped on Earth, where she discovers what the fallout of the Rapture looks like. Hint: it doesn’t look good. Advice: Chloe, stop running around and find some shelter.
Check out the latest trailer for Left Behind, thanks to Yahoo! Movies, below.
Hey, Cage is a bit more subdued than we’d expect!
The issues the Left Behind characters will face in the film are myriad: even on a basic level, Ray just needs to safely land this plane, while Chloe needs to stop running into trouble, then of course, they need to figure out what the hell is going on.
Will it take sixteen movies? Considering that LaHaye has indicated that he wants to make all of his books into fresh features, it’s possible. Still, this somehow seems more hopeful than “The Leftovers.”
Left Behind opens on October 3.
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