Normality has resumed after the fun and games last week. Autumn is on its way and as the temperatures fall I'm inclined to stay in and watch films in the evenings.
LEFT BEHIND was one I just caught. I'd never heard of it but the premise was interesting, that during a flight, passengers suddenly disappear and even worse, so too do millions of people on the ground.
Alas, the film struggled to get off the runway and its gossipy style gave it the look and feel of a TV movie. The lead was Nicholas Cage, so I was surprised how cheap the whole thing seemed. Adding to this was the biblical reason given for vanishings - the Rapture - which simply didn't feel right.
The film is part of that SciFi [but is it?] sub-genre of social phenomena movies like The Happening or the French series The Returned. The plane flight running throughout the film places it alongside other aerial disaster flicks like Snakes on a Plane and Airport. The more metaphysical aspects reminded me in part of the much-better Langoliers.
Watching the film I was reminded of perhaps a cheap concept pitch for War of the Worlds before they inserted the the Tripods and brought in little Tommy Cruise.
Sadly, after a promising start I too was left behind myself.
Anyone else seen it?