Saturday, 8 November 2014

"The Remaining" (The Guardian 07/11/14)

The Remaining **
Dir: Casey La Scala. With: Alexa Vega, Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos. 88 mins. Cert: 15

A minor entry in the Rapture cycle that has given us just-remade Christian movie Left Behind and HBO’s secular talking point The Leftovers. This one errs towards the credulous, dispatching Bible-clutching former Spy Kid Alexa Vega to guide a quartet of ungodly stragglers through a succession of New Testament torments. A semi-compelling idea gets neutralised by blandly scrappy execution: after blowing its budget on the first wave of destruction, everyone’s left to hole up in chapel, dodge indifferently rendered CG demons and wonder where they went astray. Its physical form is in cinemas; its soul is already circling the 24-hour garage bargain bin.

The Remaining is now playing in selected cinemas.

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