After the Rapture and the revealing of the identity of the Antichrist, a group of converts form the Tribulation Force, a secret society with the sole purpose of converting non-believers to Christianity.
The world falls into chaos as Nicolae Carpathia detonates nuclear devices across the globe and stages multiple devastating attacks against both the Tribulation Force and an international militia, led by U.S. President Gerald Fitzhugh.
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Those left behind face war, famine, plagues, and natural disaster so devastating that only one in four people will survive. Odds are even worse for the enemies of the Antichrist and his new world order. Rayford Steele, Buck Williams, Bruce Barnes and Chloe Steeleband together to form the Tribulation Force. Their task is clear, and their goal is nothing less than to stand and fight against the enemies of God during the seven most chaotic years the planet will ever know.Written by
Flyboy Ritz <Flyboy_Ritz@excite.com>
The DVD version contains deleted/extended/alternate scenes:
"Ray At Chris' Apartment" = Rayford goes to Chris' apartment and asks him if he wants to go to church, by approaching the question in the form of a new job offer Bruce told Ray about. Chris answers "no", but remains skeptical at this point.
"Chloe with Burned Fireman" - The burned fireman tells Chloe he lost a sister in the rapture and asks her if she lost any family members. The fireman notices the picture of Chloe w/ Buck and ask about her boyfriend (meaning Buck). She answers, saying that he's still here.
"4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (extended scene) - more about Pastor Bruce Barnes' church lecture on the events of the Tribulation and for anyone to step forward and accept Christ.
"Angelic Woman at the Candlelight Vigil" (extended scene) - As Rayford heads over to Chris' apartment, the Angelic Woman sings "Amazing Grace" to try and comfort those who lost family members during one of the many Candlelight Vigils. Her last verse (in voice over) leads to a transition to Chris at his apartment spinning his gun.
"Nicolae Rages Against God" (alternate ending) - Same ending as movie, but in different angle. Nicolae sits on his desk, in a defeated state. Hattie arrives and comfort him. Nicolae tells her to leave, and after she closes the door to his private room (in his jet plane called Global Community One), proceeds to curse God, telling him that it is his time, and not Yours. Original movie ending has his speech display both power and anger.
This movie fails on a number of levels. As it can be viewed on strictly religious terms or as an action thriller, I will address both.
First, let's just talk about it terms of an thriller film. It fails in this regard because it simply makes no sense. People don't act in any sort of real manner. It's simply not how people would act if this were a real situation of millions of people vanishing. You would think the Bible is some book that was only known to the people who vanished and no one else. Everyone else seems to be completely in the dark and don't even make the connection this might be the "Rapture," yet, millions of Christians vanish overnight as Christians have been saying they will. I don't know about you, but if that happens in real life, me and most of the planet would be rushing to Church the next morning. It seems implausible no one would. Also, everyone goes about their business as if some mugging happened in the neighborhood. The most ridiculous thing is that most people accept the disappearance as some sort of nuclear radiation when that is the most insane excuse that could be even offered. This film is incredibly outdated, a complete fabrication of how and what the U.N. is and how it works. Acting and dialogue are unintentionally hilarious, setting off streams and fits of laughter. In one Church scene, there is a bulletin board and six pictures of people on it with the caption, "OUR MISSING" A Church and there is only six missing people? How funny is that? What was it, The Church of Satan? There's no surprises and no tension, especially among the people who are not saved and whom you know will be calling out for Jesus by the end of the picture. There's a lot of talk about the "Wailing Wall," yet what is supposed to be the wailing wall, I guess, looks nothing like the real "wailing wall," as if producers have no clue about the "wailing wall" or don't think it's important enough to make a reasonable close simulation of it. The whole movie treats it's audience as simple-minded, uneducated couch potatoes.
Seeing this as a religious film, it is incredibly insulting. This lies the main offense. It's not powerful enough to convert anyone and not realistic enough to make anyone want to know more. It's most heinous crime, though, is how it uses the Jews. If the Jews made a big-budget multi-million dollar film and a huge media campaign about how the Pope came to his senses and announces to the world how he has come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ was not GOD after all and everyone should know that and see the truth, there would be an UPROAR in the Christian community. But they seem to have no problem committing that perfidious insult onto the Jews. Rabbi Ben Judah, the most learned and respected scholar in the world, announces to the planet that Jesus Christ is indeed God and he has been wrong and now knows the truth. This is terrible, terrible injustice to the Jewish faith. Besides the fact that it is simply ludicrous to think that a Rabbi could sit on a podium in Israel and the entire world of different religions is going to sit back and take his word for it just because he thinks so and these other religions be converted (What planet is this film on? Certainly not Earth), but to put words like that in the mouth of the head of another religion and have them say how wrong they were, well, it's just hateful and disrespectful, that's all. It's also disturbing that the whole conspiracy of trying to take over the world comes from INTERNATIONAL BANKERS, which has always been another word for Jews when it is in this context. It's just another example of the total disregard for the integrity of the Jews. It feigns respect for them while denigrating their beliefs. Coupled with a preposterous plot and representation, this film fails as both an action thriller and as a religious film.
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