Left Behind ½

Does somebody have something scandalous on Nicholas Cage? Because that's the only explanation I can fathom for his appearance, and in a starring role no less, in this godawful Christian fundamentalist dreck. And I'm not even talking about its plain-as-day racism and anti-everything-not-fundie ethos. If the Evangelical Christian right wants to be taken seriously in the mainstream, surely they can do a lot better than this depressingly inept sub-TV-movie garbage, an exercise in awfulness that takes formula filmmaking and screenwriting to its lowest nadir. That it's the work of a second-unit director on a number of top-tier action flicks simply beggars belief. On the plus side, it's ripe for an MST3K-style laugh-along commentary. Get the beers in or hit the hard stuff, 'cause you'll need it.