The Remaining (2014) Rated PG-13

RemainingAs friends gather for a wedding, the apocalyptic end of the world begins. Where will you turn when they begin? Starring Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos, Bryan Dechart

This film is disappointing on so many levels. First, the film tried to be biblically sound, but it lost me in the first few minutes when the rapture happened and the believers’ bodies were left. Now, I know the Bible is open to interpretation, but I’ve always understood that the believers would be “taken up”  kind of like Enoch and Elijah; their physical bodies were not left lying on the ground- yuck!

What I did like is that they took the scriptures literally. You hear the trumpet sound, and fire comes from the sky. It’s still the filmmakers interpretation of the book of Revelation, and I found it hard to watch.  It felt like the filmmakers wanted to scare everyone, believers and non-believers alike.  I think in this way, they mishandled Scripture, which as Christian filmmakers, we have a responsibility to faithfully represent.

I also wish they had presented the gospel clearly.  When presenting the central question, “What side will you be on?”, it is extremely important for the gospel message to come through loud and clear.  Finally, the lack of continuity throughout the film was deplorable.  I don’t think I’ve seen a film with so many inconsistencies; there is no sense of a time frame throughout.  For all these reasons, I do not recommend this movie; it is a pass for me.

 

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