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We will be hard-pressed to find a more impressive internal suspense and action-based production in Christian entertainment than the last installment of the first attempt at bringing the Left Behind trilogy to the big screen. The production of World at War is not only actually well-funded, but it is also well-utilized. We analyzed that the only main issues with this production were some editing problems, which are to be expected. Otherwise, there is little else that can be improved in this portion.
Plot and Storyline Improvements
World at War completely departs from the original Left Behind novel narrative, which is a fact that is its greatest asset. Actually, the fact that this movie is stuck in the Left Behind saga basically holds it back from being Hall of Fame. Were this film transported outside of the Left Behind universe, it would suddenly become an epic suspense action film worthy of a high rating. The concepts in this film, such as the intrigue surrounding the pandemic spread, are more creative than Left Behind ever was. Also, the complex and non-typical characters who do not appear in the original book series, such as the President character and the character who leads the resistance, are better than the original Left Behind characters. However, these more creative characters and subplots have little to no buildup from the first two movies, which is a fact that hurts their full impact. This even more speaks to the necessity of having this movie exist outside of the Left Behind universe. Also, the ending of this film is very creative, epic, and shocking, but it has no follow-up. However, perhaps this idea can be extrapolated into a better film in the future.
The original cast of this film was mostly professional and well-cast. There are few errors here, but a cast would always be better without Kirk Cameron. Otherwise, there aren’t many major improvements to be made here—only small issues that add up. This rounds out a very close effort.
It’s possible that World at War is actually the film that made it the closest to the Hall of Fame without actually making it on the list. In reality, only one single thing needed to be done to push it over the edge, but that thing (isolating it from the Left Behind saga) could have possibly caused it to cease to exist. Nonetheless, the concepts and ideas presented in this film can and should be used in later films to boost a suffering action\suspense genre in Christian entertainment.