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The Moment After

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Philologos review:
The story revolves around two FBI agents who are sent out to question those left behind regarding the disappearance of friends and family. One of their first assignments is to check out the whereabouts of a fellow agent who has vanished along with his two children. Amidst her shock, the missing agent's wife, Katherine, gives an eye-witness account of the events of that fateful morning as she sits disheveled, with bandaged wrists, in the psychiatric ward of the local hospital. These three characters pretty much run the gamut of emotions that are produced by the disappearances: Katherine is devastated; Agent Baker smugly proclaims his family "one of the lucky ones" because there is only one sister-in-law missing and because his people are "good, law-abiding people" therefore he's not too concerned; Agent Riley who doesn't know what to think but is uneasy. They, along with Jacob Krause, a Jew who realizes what has happened and goes about trying to teach and care for those left behind, are caught up in the aftermath of the rapture. World governance, chip implants, satellite tracking, etc. are the backdrop to Agent Riley's hunt for the truth.

Very believable, has a sense of humor, thrilling ending. Scripture is quoted throughout. One big minus: too expensive at around $30.

 


Apocalypse — Caught in the Eye of the Storm
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Philologos review:
I wish I could say something about this one but I tried ordering it three times from Amazon and each time they sent me a DVD instead of VHS. Apparently they don't have it on VHS — beware.


Apocalypse II: Revelation

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Philologos review:
I tend to be a bit harsh when reviewing videos--it has something to do with spending around $20 for barely two hours time. Movies with religious content in the past have been predictably boring and second-rate but I am happy to see this trend changing and I actually watched this movie more than once thanks to Tony Nappo's performance--the computer geek in the wheelchair. The main character was a bit dull and some of the scenes were excruciating to watch (the antichrist's henchman is the worst culprit) but there is more here to recommend than to pan. The main thrust of the movie deals with the idea that the antichrist is going to force people to choose between following Jesus or buying into the lie that he can offer them their heart's desire (sight to a blind woman, mobility to a man confined to a wheelchair). Not bad overall but a few rought spots.


Apocalypse III: Tribulation

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Philologos review:
This should've been a better movie. Unfortunately, some of the main characters were not at their best but great performances were given by Sherri Miller (Busey's wife) and Howie Mandel (who knew!). This movie doesn't really advance the series but just seems to be a few months ahead of where Revelation left off and deals with basically the same material except that it's happening to a new set of players on grander sets with better special effects. Overall, a little above average but still a notch below mainstream video fare—hopefully this is just growing pains for the industry. I'd love to give a glowing report just for the fact that they've tackled this subject matter but I don't think these films are at that level...yet.


Judgment VHS

Philologos review:
This is the fourth in the Apocalypse series. I've tried thinking of something nice to say about this film but I can't. No link provided because it is extremely poorly done — acting and sets. It looked as if the series was getting better but this is a huge step backwards.


Left Behind — The Movie

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Philologos review:
This seems to be another transition film for the religious movie industry. It has more substance than others I've seen but it almost seems as if they offered the pivotal main role to a Christian just for the fact that he professed Christianity instead of finding someone who best fit the character as portrayed in the books. This unfortunate choice clouds the whole picture as Mr. Cameron just doesn't have the screen presence to pull it off effectively. The Israeli scientist, however, is a gem and to a lesser extent the airline pilot, although not exactly what the books describe. The main thrust of the movie is the antichrist's machinations to acquire legal rights to the world's food supply after the rapture has taken place. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't really have an ending because it's just a set-up for the next installment in the series (another cheesy element). This is not the knock-out punch the Christian community hyped it up to be.

(For books in this series, please see Left Behind page in our fictional book section.)


Left Behind 2 — Tribulation Force The Movie

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(For books in this series, please see Left Behind page in our fictional book section.)


The Omega Code

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Philologos review:
Overall not a bad movie. More mainstream than other biblically themed movies. Actors were above average. The whole concept on how the bible codes work didn't seem to ring true in this film but was a minor point of contention.

 

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