04 November 2013

Movie Review: "Vanished"

Rated: Not Rated
Starring: John Hagee, Bill Lake, and Robert Collins
Released: February 5, 2002 (DVD)
NOTE: Since this is technically a documentary, and features footage from previously released films, not to mention its entire length is under an hour, this review will not be as in depth as mine usually are.
Synopsis: When millions of people from all over the planet vanish into thin air, those who are left behind are unsure what to do.  A new world leader ushers in a time of peace...but he is not what he seems.  Minister John Hagee explains what the End Times will bring, and his words are illustrated by film clips from Apocalypse and Left Behind.

Artistic Merit: 3.75/5
Documentaries aren't usually my thing, but this one was decently made.  Some of the film clips could have been better produced, but many viewers aren't likely to notice that.  Whether or not you agree with the message within is a different story.

Moral Content

Positive Elements: ???
It depends on your view on the End Times.  If you think the Rapture and the Seven Years are going to happen, then you'd give it a five.  If you disagree with that interpretation of Scripture, then you should avoid this movie.

Sex and Nudity: 5/5

Violence: 3/5
As a result of the disappearances, vehicles crash, buildings are lit on fire, etc.

Language: 4.5/5
God's name is misused once in a film clip.

Drugs: 4.5/5
Drinking alcohol is referenced once.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 2/5
Along with what is listed under "Violence," the whole somber tone may be too much for some kids.  Also startling is a scene where a family is hauled away from their house by police.

Other Negative Elements: ???
Again, it depends on your interpretation of Biblical prophecy.

Final Score: 4/5
It's short, it's decently made, and it makes its point...so, for that, I'll give it a four.  There are far too many films that fail in one or more of those regards.

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