Rating: PG-13, for or some thematic elements, violence/peril and brief drug content.
The end is nigh and only Nicolas Cage can save humanity in this remake of the 2000 Kirk Cameron thriller about the Rapture. It has a bigger budget and a bigger star in hopes of reaching a bigger, more mainstream audience. But the result is laughably chintzy in terms of special effects. And dialogue. And the performances. And pretty much everything. Cage stars as a philandering airline pilot who’s the captain on a transatlantic flight from which several passengers mysteriously disappear. The same phenomenon occurs on the ground where his wife and kids are. Children are the main ones who get zapped, because they’re innocent, but also the truly faithful. Because, you know, it’s Armageddon. Director Vic Armstrong’s film features some “big” set pieces that look pretty small and cheap, including a school bus that goes off an overpass and a small plane that crashes into a shopping mall parking lot. Cage’s character, meanwhile, must find someplace to land his own plane amid the mayhem. There’s some brief drug content involving one of the passengers. Mainly, there’s just widespread panic. Probably fine for tweens and up, or anyone looking for a good laugh.