Item description for Apocalypse - Caught In the Eye of the Storm (Apocalypse #1) by Leigh Lewis & Richard Nestor...
Overview The final countdown to the second coming has begun!
Army after army descends into the Valley of Armageddon in Central Israel. Millions of people suddenly vanish. It's a media event unlike any in history, and the entire world is glued to their television sets. At that very moment, a great charismatic leader arises and performs a miracle of astounding dimensions. Is he the long-awaited Messiah? The whole world is convinced he is.
Only Bronson Pearl (Richard Nester) and Helen Hannah ( Leigh Lewis), co-anchors of the World News Network are in a position to uncover the truth. But as Helen discovers the identity of this great leader, she is torn between her deep love for Bronson and her new-found understanding about Christ and the antichrist. With global police forces in hot pursuit, there is but one chance to warn the world as it rushes headlong into the Apocalypse!
"Shot on location on six continents bursting with action and emotion, APOCALYPSE is the must-see Christian movie of the nineties!
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Actors: Leigh Lewis, Richard Nester, Sam Bornstein, David Roddis, David Wand
Format: Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Cloud Ten Pictures
Running Time: 94.00 minutes
Record Label Cloud Ten Pictures
Format Color / DVD / Full Screen / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.05 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Apr 29, 2008
Publisher Cloud Ten Pictures
Series Number 1
ISBN 8901732106 ISBN13 9788901732107 UPC 745638002339
Reviews - What do customers think about Apocalypse - Caught In the Eye of the Storm?
What happened? Aug 18, 2005
The good news is that you're probably not going to spend much to buy this movie. The bad news is that someone made an awful investment making this flick.
The script is fairly good (though very definitely in the far-out side of the premillennial dispensationalist crowd). For a movie that is trying to warn and entertain at the same time, it manages to miss both marks. The Biblical stuff is weak, almost exclusively of the Jack Van Impe "proof text every second" sort that fails to draw the listener carefully into the text. The entertainment is predictable and the acting is fair at best.
The costuming is horrible - notice the Israeli "general" whose insignia is two sets of US major's leaves and a US Army Air Defense Artillery insignia, and the "rear admiral" wearing a fire chief's uniform (nope, I'm not making this up!) The "orthodox official" is wearing what looks like a Roman Catholic cardinal's cassock and he has no beard. I am guessing that the producers decided last minute to call the role "Orthodox" rather than Roman Catholic to avoid offending viewers. The "Rabbi" is wearing a prayer shawl so you know he is REALLY a rabbi. The security guard around the EU President look like a youth group dressed up in Sunday best acting like a high school troupe of Secret Service impersonators. It's almost camp comedy but not quite that funny, because it takes itself very seriously.
The film appears to be shot at least partly onto video. The use of real world accident and trauma scenes to portray fictitious events in the script raises some ethical issues for me. Be warned, as the "WNN footage" showing accidents resulting from the Rapture are real world accidents that cost real lives. On a positive note, the "WNN" footage is very professionally done, and makes another appearance in John Hagee's video "Vanished".
Jack & Rexalla Van Impe make cameo appearances that show them in a far better light than their television broadcasts, not surprising since this is their project.
The video jacket calls this "An instant classic!" but there's not attribution for the quote. "Classic" doesn't happen in an instant, it happens through long hard work that sets the standard for others. This one missed the mark, a relatively low mark at that.
Horrible Attempt To Make A Good Christian Movie... Jul 21, 2005
What happens when a couple of Christian `wannabe' filmmakers attempt to deliver an intense apocalyptic thriller, but with the budget, writing, and acting of an after-school special? You get the utter crap-fest that is the wannabe religious thriller, "Apocalypse".
"Apocalypse" is the story of the end of days, at least as Peter and Paul Lalonde interpret them from the final book in the Bible, Revelation. The basic premise is that all of the Christians are raptured (removed from Earth by God to be with Him in Heaven), and all of the non-believers are left here to endure the Tribulation. The Tribulation is a period of anywhere from 7-10 years according to Biblical scholars, during this time some people will come to know God, while others will fall under the power and control of the Antichrist. People that convert to Christianity during this period of trial, will suffer many terrible persecutions by the forces of the Antichrist, and all who do not bow to the will of the Beast (Antichrist) will pay the ultimate price, death.
The problem many Christian filmmakers face, which is the case here, is that they don't have the proper funding to get the technology, actors, and crew needed to make a decent film. I have seen several Christian movies (I used to work at a Christian store), and almost all of them are terribly written, horribly acted, and feature special effects work that belongs in the 60's. When watching this movie, I couldn't believe how anyone would ever consider this a good movie, let alone how the filmmakers even thought that someone would want to sit through this horribly written and acted piece of trash.
The biggest problem with the movie, aside from the horrible script, acting, and directing, is the fact that it attempts to do too much in a small time period. The attempt is made to basically give an overview of the end times in this one movie, and hope that audiences will enjoy the film enough to warrant sequels for them to elaborate with. Another problem is that the script is so amateurish, that it fails to really get into any kind of detail, or analysis with the events depicted in the Book of Revelation, causing the majority of the movie to feel pointless and a waste of time. Also the lack of backstory and detail causes anyone that is unfamiliar with the Book of Revelation to be confused, even though I have studied the Book of Revelation and read many commentaries on the subject, I was still confused at some points in this film, although to be fair that could be a result of the poorly written script.
What it all boils down to is this, if Christians want to make movies that can rival the big boys (Hollywood), then they are going to have to get better funding, better writing, better acting, and better directing. You can't just buy a camera, write down a few lines that form some form of coherent thoughts, have some actor say the lines, and expect audiences to want more. Is there a market for Christian films? The answer is yes, there is, and Mel Gibson's epic "The Passion of the Christ" proved this. Are the Christian films (not counting Mel's epic) that are currently being produced filling that need? No they aren't, and at this rate they never will. However, I must say this, even though I thought this movie sucked, some people did enjoy it to at least some extent since it did spawn a few sequels. In my opinion though, the people that liked this film are not that hard to impress, because this film, "Apocalypse" is not only a waste of time, but very little money as well.
Apocalypse hmm Jul 20, 2005
The story line could have been made more believable. Reviewing the movie and knowing the book Of Revelations will help also having a bit of imagination to help the actors along in the film.
Food For Thought Jun 11, 2005
Though it may or may not actually unfold this way, this is definitely a movie that triggers thoughts of possibilities. As a "faith-based" storyline, it's roots in scripture and brought to light in today's lifestyle, there's much to think about. A must have in your library if you are an avid End-Time-Prophecy reader and movie-goer.
good storyline - soap opera style camera work and acting Dec 5, 2004
I've watched Left Behind, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Revelation, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 and now Apocalypse. Apocalypse is another one of the Cloud Ten Pictures heavily influenced by Jack and Rexella Van Impe who also make cameo appearances on the tv sets in the movie. I really liked Revelation which was like a real major motion picture. Although Apocalypse continues in the tradition of the Left Behind movies, Peter Gerretsen's directing reminds me of Daytime soap operas with their overdramatized acting and cheap videocamera style photography. Seems like a low budget sequel to Left Behind. I mean it's an ok movie but definitely not my favorite.