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    Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002) - 12/31/02

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    Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002)

    Synopsis: It's a week after the rapture and the millions of people who disappeared into thin air are still missing. Chaos rules the world as panic and grief stricken survivors continue to search for their lost loved-ones. Suicide rates are sky-rocketing, businesses and homes are being looted, and martial law is in effect. A desperate world looks to the leadership and guidance of UN President Nicolae Carpathia, the only person offering any answers, hope, and plans to restore peace and order. While Carpathia has the world's adoration and trust, he is seemingly unaware of four rebels spreading the truth that he is in fact the prophesied Antichrist of the Bible. Leading this small group (called the Tribulation Force) is Pastor Bruce Barnes, whose in-depth understanding of biblical prophecy helps demystify the present and future events that the world will face in the next seven years known as The Tribulation. Buck Williams is a highly respected television journalist who has seen firsthand Carpathia's manipulative and deadly powers. His position allows him special access to a global audience through the media and to Carpathia himself. Airline pilot Rayford Steele and his 20-year-old daughter, Chloe, make up the rest of the group. Ray is a man still struggling to come to grips with the loss of his wife and son, but his recent salvation and friendship with Pastor Barnes have brought him back to the church and closer to his feisty daughter. Chloe finds her purpose by tending the sick and wounded as well as a burgeoning love relationship with Buck. As the Tribulation Force mobilizes to open the eyes of the world to the truth, global events get even stranger when word leaks out that three men have mysteriously burned to death at one of the holiest sites in Israel: the Wailing Wall. At the same time, Rabbi Ben Judah, one of the leading religious scholars of his time, plans to make a world-altering announcement based on years of research. Pastor Barnes believes both events are linked to Carpathia, signaling the oncoming terror of The Tribulation. He acts quickly by getting Ray and Buck to embark on a dangerous mission to infiltrate Carpathia's organization. They must get to Ben Judah before he makes his announcement.

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    Genre: Religious , Action , Biblical , Drama
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes
    Theatrical Release Date: Dec 31, 2002 (Limited)

    Cast & Role
    Kirk Cameron --Buck Williams
    Brad Johnson -- Rayford Steele
    Chelsea Noble -- Chloe
    Clarence Gilyard -- Pastor Bruce Barnes

    Director
    Bill Corcoran

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    I wasn't aware the first "Left Behind" movie had come out? But any movie with a Bucanneer quarterback as a star has me hooked. Oh wait, maybe it's a different Brad Johnson.

    But while I haven't read the books, they're an interesting premise. I expect this will do well in theaters.

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    I really doubt it, John! It's being released on limited screens. I rented Left Behind 1 a while back and it was okay. But it was also kind of hoaky. I read a little bit more about this second part of the film, and it seems like it might be offensive to other religions. I definitely won't watch it.

    Brad Johnson looks like a football player but I don't know if he is one or not.

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    Well, the Brad Johnson who's the QB of the Bucs is about 6' 5", and a dorky-looking caucasian guy.

    I'll really laugh if it's him.

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    I just had to check. It's not the same guy. This Brad Johnson has done a bunch of B-type movies like Soldier of Fortune, Inc.

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    It won't do well in the theaters - I'm sure it's done on much the same budget as the first one. They're more like made-for-cable quality, and not HBO quality.

    While the books aren't classics of literature, and I often find the writing pretty lame (the dialog can be very stilted), the premise of the story is interesting, and I've read them all. I didn't know much about revelations before this, and while I know the books are just two guys' interpretation, it's interesting to read.

    I should find another word for "interesting."

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    I agree, Wayner. I think the books are good, also, I've read all except "The Remnant." I agree with you that parts of the writing are rather juvenile. But they're still interesting to me.

    The first Left Behind movie was, IMO, pretty awful. It didn't even follow the book that well. I will probably rent this, just to see it, but I wouldn't really even recommend it to anyone who hasn't read the books.

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    I've never heard of "Left Behind".
    The synopsis sounds mildly interesting, but Kirk Cameron?
    "That's Numberwang!"

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    Left Behind is a series of books (I think they're up to 8 or so by now) dealing with Revelations and the coming of the apocalypse, but from a kind of wierd point of view. Basically, if I understand correctly, it's how the people who are "left behind" on Earth handle things after God calls up the chosen ones.

    I've never read them, but the books are super-popular, and I might have to check them out just to see what all the flap is about.

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    Hmmm, the books sound interesting actually.
    I might have to check them out.
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