What Is the Left Behind Movie Series About?


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The "Left Behind" series of films revolves around the sudden rapture of millions of individuals from Earth into heaven, resulting in worldwide anarchy and a seven-year event of war and suffering. The story follows a journalist, Cameron "Buck" Williams, as he fights to preserve peace and stay alive.

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The film series consists of an original trilogy of films starring Kirk Cameron that were released in 2000, 2002 and 2005 respectively, as well as a 2014 reboot starring Nicolas Cage. The films are based upon a series of 16 novels written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, and they condense plot elements from a wide span of the books into the three original movies and the reboot.

In the original series, a group of born-again Christians who were excluded from the Rapture for not truly believing in Christ are forced to fight to survive during the biblical "End Times" and wage battle against a powerful enemy intent on steering the people of Earth away from Jesus Christ. The series contains a focus on Christianity as evidenced by the plot centering around the rapture and the antagonist being the Antichrist itself. The series performed poorly both financially and critically, with Metacritic scoring the reboot 2.8 out of 10.

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