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Left Behind (DVD): Review

The Film

Left Behind, a typical story of a the deteriorating relationship between a father and his daughter takes a sudden turn as millions of people around the world vanish in a single moment, plunging the world into chaos, and leaving destruction in its wake.

Nicolas Cage delivers his usual flair to his role as Rayford Steele, airline pilot and father, while Cassi Thomson brings a calming aspect to the father / daughter relationship, as Irene.

After dealing with the introductions and some aspect of the family life of the Steeles, the film gets down to business, and drags the viewer along for a ride with the main characters. Rayford is dealing with issues on-board his aircraft, with the lives of all those remaining in his hands. Back on the ground, Irene is desperately searching for her younger brother Raymie, who vanished along with all the others.

Left Behind, while not a film with a plot that will by any means tax one’s brain, does leave the viewer with a sense of mystery. It also provides a decent amount of entertainment, so is a great film for a few hours of escape from everyday life. This being said, it’s a great choice for a lazy afternoon of film viewing.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, with clear picture and no visible artefacts on screen. It can be scaled up to a high definition screen via software or hardware if desired. Audio is presented in a 5.1 surround track, and while not constant, it does expand the on-screen action for the viewer in several scenes, adding to the atmospherics of the film.

There are unfortunately no additional features included on the disc.

Left Behind is available now in South Africa, for purchase on disc.

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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