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Monday, September 22, 2014

Movie Review - The Remaining

The Remaining  $$


83 Minutes
Starring: Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos, Italia Ricci, and Alex Vega .
Director: Casey La Scala.

            I happened to spot this film listed at the theaters and decided to check it out because it runs along a similar theme as The Gathering novel of mine. I wanted to see what the competition was doing. Watching it made me reconsider writing any more books about the Second Coming. If people have the same reaction to my books as I had to this movie, then I owe the world an apology.
            Tommy (Johnny Pacar) is recording the events around his friends’ wedding when the events of the “Rapture” hit the Earth, leaving the unbelievers behind to face the horrifying events signifying the end of the world.
            Hail, earthquakes, violent storms all make a very brief appearance in the film and seem to have minimal effect, considering their implied severity. Most of the film deals with attacks against the population by “The Fallen.”
            This wasn’t so much a movie as a piece of propaganda designed to terrify the audience into immediately accepting God, in a specific manner of faith. Should you fail to fall into line with the correct methods of worship before the Rapture happens you will be torn to bits in a very painful way. 

            Here is how I rated the film: 

1. Fun – Not fun. Two scenes caught my attention and I felt they could have led to some interesting possibilities. The first is when softball sized chunks of hail started slamming into the street. I thought that the film would deal with the prophesied disasters and that would have been entertaining. The second scene is when the great trumpets in heaven are blown announcing the breaking of another seal. Perhaps it was just the fact that the theater had the sound system turned up to a ludicrous volume, but it felt awesomely terrifying—in a good way.
Unfortunately, neither of those were more than mere moments. I found the rest of the film boring and tedious.
The Remaining gets Half a MB solely for the blasting horn that has given me plenty of pause to wonder if that is what the event would really sound like.   

            2. Story – The temptation for me is to judge this section of the movie on the potential for a great story that it didn’t deliver. However, that wouldn’t be fair. The story that they did provide was dull. Since they needed something to string together all the scenes of killing people off, they added a love triangle. Since everyone dies, who cares which of the two friends gets the girl?
            The Remaining gets Half a MB for a predictable, unexciting storyline.  

            3. Technical – The special effects are decent and the trumpet in heaven bit was excellent. Technical also includes the direction of the film which I found to be totally lacking. On the positive side the film is quite spooky, so kudos to La Scala for getting that part of it right.
            The Remaining gets Half a MB for its spooky feel.  

            4. Acting – The acting talent for The Remaining was decent enough. I had a connection with Italia Ricci and Bryan Dechart. John Pyper-Ferguson did alright with the material he was given, but I think better material would have allowed him to stand out in the story. All-in-all it wasn’t painful to watch any of the cast deliver their lines, but neither was I sitting on the edge of my seat to see what they would say next.
            The Remaining gets Half a MB for acceptable acting.  

            The Remaining gets a rating of 2 Movie Bucks. I believe that the film has a limited appeal for those who adhere to the doctrine of the Rapture. Non-believers are unlikely to enjoy the film—in my opinion. If you are a believer I suggest checking it out at a matinee; you don’t want to miss that outrageous horn-blowing scene. If you are not a believer this should probably be a pass for you.

                        Randy’s Rating System 

$$$$   = Full Price    See this movie right away and pay full price, it’s worth it.
$$$     = Matinee      Catch this as a matinee or other discounted showing.
$$        = Discount     Wait until this movie reaches a discount theater near you.
$          = Rental         Wait until this movie reaches your local video rental outlet.
0          = No Sale       Don’t see this movie at any price.


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