Film Review

The Remaining: Review

A group of friends are enjoying a wedding reception. Two of them have finally taken the plunge to get married. But soon strange things start to happen, and an apparent apocalyptic event has taken place. These events force them to examine their lives, and their faith, as they make choices in an attempt to survive.

The Remaining is at it’s core, a Christian message, wrapped up as a horror movie. It’s the story of The Rapture, which quick thinking audiences should realise close to the start, before the characters begin discussing the same possibility.

The ‘monsters’ or demons, that are attacking those left on Earth, after the faithful have been taken, are seldom seen, but their unseen menace is not a very strong one. Most of the settings visited by the group of friends are dark, and smoke filled, so there is little revealed.

For those looking to see Alexa PenaVega on screen, she unfortunately spends a lot of her time unconscious and not very communicative, as the other friends argue values, faith and what to do next in order to survive.

The Remaining is mediocre at best, and sadly, could have done a lot more to either thrill or scare audiences, or to try get it’s message across.

For those curious enough, The Remaining opens 27 February 2015 in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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