“Left Behind: The Movie” has been bathed in prayer, before, during, and after its production. It contains two very important messages: God is ultimately in charge, and we must accept Jesus Christ as Savior. From viewing previous works by producers Paul and Peter Lalonde’s it’s clear that this is their ministry. I for one intend to make this movie known to as many unbelievers as possible.
With a $17-million dollar budget, “Left Behind” is the most expensive Christian film ever made and the money was well spent. All production values are extraordinary, and some are downright astonishing, considering that similar movies made by Hollywood cost $50 million and up. This is due in part to the expertise of Producer (and Dove Foundation Advisory Board Member) Ralph Winter. Winter’s film credits include special effects hits like two “Star Trek” movies, “Mighty Joe Young,” “Inspector Gadget,” and “X-Men.” Director Vic Sarin moves the storyline along with good pacing and sensitivity. The musical score by Jim Covell supports the action sequences and gentler moments without overwhelming the listener. And George Jiri’s cinematography puts us in the center of the action and keeps us glued to the screen.
Cloud Ten is releasing the picture on home video through mainly Christian outlets on October 31 (Halloween). The producers are banking on a groundswell of support from the religious community to help spread the word of this film’s theatrical debut on February 10, 2001. To help guarantee a grand opening weekend, two theater passes will be included with the purchase of each video.