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In the well-made faith-based movie The Remaining, a group of close friends gather for a wedding. But shortly after the reception, something bizarre happens: People start dropping like flies. What's more, airplanes suddenly just fall out of the sky. Then there's a major earthquake. And super large hail.

No one seems to know what to make of the whole mess.

Well, almost no one. One minister these friends encounter at a nearby church says he knows what happened. Something he calls the Rapture, confirming something the bride has been mumbling about since her Christian parents fell lifeless in an elevator. Now these friends have gone from celebrating a marriage to just trying to survive.

Like a number of its artistic predecessors, this film is firmly grounded in a pre-tribulation view of the Rapture. But with a few twists we haven't seen in other films down through the years. Here, physical bodies remain. Only the souls depart. I'll also point out that several characters wrestle with a post-Rapture decision regarding what they should do about the faith they once shrugged off.

This film shows significant carnage and includes a fairly high body count. It puts its own unique, visual interpretation of Revelation 9 into the story, showing locusts (or let's call them demons) inflicting gory wounds, snatching bodies and committing murder. It's definitely not for the little ones. So even though it's faith-based, and I respect the work and intention, I feel the film needs to be knocked down a couple of points for family-friendliness.


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