Sunday, October 5, 2014

Left Behind [2014]

MPAA (PG-13)  CNS/USCCB (A-III)  ChicagoTribune (0 Stars) (1 Star)  AVClub (D-)  Fr. Dennis (0 Stars)

IMDb listing
CNS/USCCB (J. Mulderig) review
ChicagoTribune (M. Phillips) review (C. Lemire) review
AVClub (V. Armstrong) review

It may surprise many otherwise interested and even initially enthusiastic Catholic viewers of Left Behind [2014] (directed by Vic Armstrong, screenplay by Paul Lalonde and John Patus) that the wildly popular  Left Behind book series [Wikip] [Amzn] by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins proved unable to rise above "old-time" fundamentalist Protestant anti-Catholicism of the "Catholic Church as the Whore of Babylon" variety...  Perhaps most amusing to a Catholic priest like me is the realization that this condemnation comes by way of using a New Testament, whose Canon was in fact decided upon by the (Catholic/Orthodox) Church that these "the Reformation was yesterday" Protestants condemn.  (I've actually wondered how surprised St. Augustine must have been after sitting up there in Heaven for over a millennium, to realize by way of "new comers" that in life as _Catholic Bishop_ and perhaps the greatest of the "Church Fathers" of the West, he had actually been a leading spokesman / functionary of the "Church of the Damned" ;-)

So whatever else could be written about the current film and the book series that it's based on -- the story is basically a Christian rapture driven Airport [1970] / Airplane [1980] style "disaster movie" -- I've found it nearly impossible overcoming the reality that if these Fundamentalist Protestant spiritual brothers to Islam's current Taliban were right, then I'd be among the damned.  No thanks then.  Zero stars ;-).   

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