PG-13-Some thematic elements, violence/peril and brief drug content
Nicholas Cage stars as Rayford Steele, a pilot who “can’t get off work” on the day that his daughter, Chloe, is coming home from college to celebrate his birthday. Determined to see him, Chloe catches him at the airport before his flight. She discovers some things about him that tear her apart and put some tension between them. While there, she meets Buck Williams, an acclaimed journalist who is going to be on her father’s flight to London. They instantly click and keep a connection throughout the movie. Some drama about Chloe’s mom being an avid Christian is discussed with disdain. Later on, a phenomenon occurs where people all over the world disappear, leaving their clothes and personal belongings behind. It takes the main characters quite some time to realize that what happened was the rapture, where God took all the Christians and small children up to Heaven. Chloe, on land, scurries around frantically in search for her little brother and her mom. Meanwhile her dad, piloting the flight to London, has to deal with the chaos on the plane caused by the disappearances. Neither characters really know how to handle the situation.
Despite the topic of the movie being the rapture, religion is only discussed negatively. God is blamed for throwing the world into disarray, instead of praised for taking the Christians away from the corrupt world. The apparent purpose of the movie is to encourage strengthening of familial bonds. Seeing how the main family in the movie bands together despite their current situation and the tension between them is supposed to encourage families watching the movie to form such a bond with each other. In no way does the movie encourage people to seek God. If anything, it tries to persuade them that He should be avoided. A long way from being a faith-based movie, it is disappointing how far off base it is. If you are looking for a good airplane movie to watch that may offend what, and Who, you believe in, then go ahead, by all means, watch this. But if you want a good movie about the rapture, I suggest you watch the Left Behind movie from 2000. And read the books! I, myself, haven’t read them because I can’t seem to wrap my head around the political themes in them. But I’ve heard great reviews!
NOTE: If you choose to watch this movie, watch it solely for entertainment and not as something to base your beliefs on. If you think you’ll be offended, like I was, then just don’t watch it.