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Apocalypse
Apocalypse - Caught in the Eye of the Storm

Canada 1998
produced by
Paul Lalonde, Peter Lalonde for Cloud Ten, Prophecy Partners
directed by Peter Gerretsen
starring Leigh Lewis, Richard Nester, Sam Bornstein, David Roddis, David Wand, Toni Carey, Michael Halkusis, Rexella Van Impe, Jack Van Impe, Mel Prout, Maria Lianos, Tara Goudrea, Leanne Scott, Paris Bonsu, Shauna MacDonald, Mel Downey, David Ian Matheson, Christopher Coggan, Luis Palau, Mark Richardson
written by Paul Lalonde, Peter Lalonde, music by Ray Boltz

Apocalypse/Tribulation-series

review by
Dale Pierce

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World war has broken out at the end of the world is at hand. Nuclear missiles are flying and the earth stands at the brink of destruction. Then a miracle happens. In the blinking of an eye, millions of the Christians vanish from the planet. At the same time, the warheads disappear. From out of this mess, a charismatic politician emerges named Franco Macalousso (Sam Bornstein), who announces himself as God.

Yeah, you heard it  right.

People are so thrilled at not being nuked, however, that this uncanny claim actually finds acceptance. Macalousso announces he has caused these Christians to vanish because they believe in Jesus, a false Messiah. Evidently with a snap of his fingers he stopped the stupid mortals from blowing each other to hell and as a sidenote, conveniently got rid of the opposition, setting himself up as the savior of mankind. So what's not to like? 

Be it by magic wand, sheer will, a lie or the truth, peace has come out of pending disaster. No one bothers to ask why God has taken the form of this meek, grinning guy with glasses who looks like an accountant or a church deacon rather than a divine creator. No one even cares when, once people have bought into his bullshit, he suddenly starts to show a different nature. The mildness is gone. The smile is gone. 

Ghandi has become Hitler. 

But hey, he is God, you know.

No one argues. At least not too loudly. In fact, the multitudes line up to worship him.

Within a matter of days, this new God-ruler starts to show his true colors, not wasting any time after gaining control of the world. You either love him or hate him, worship him or die. But then, gods can be changeable, you have to suppose. I mean look at Zeus and Ares in the Xena series.

Two reporters suspect Macalousso is not The God, you know, the one The Bible is supposed to be about, The Messiah or anything of the kind, but the reviled Antichrist dealt with in Revelation. They use their rapidly depleating pull as journalists to uncover what this satanic being is really all about, in spite of the efforts of his minions to thwart them.  They are able to get out a broadcast about who and what he really is, but how many people buy into it is anyone's guess. They end up arrested as well and face persecution for their stand, so you are left hanging somewhat as the film ends.

This project would lead into Cloud Ten's alternative "end times" films, apart from their Left Behind series and different counterfeit Christ. The later entries into the series, Revelation, Tribulation, and of course Judgment are far better films, with a far better Antichrist, better music and better direction. Still, this movie is worth checking out as it sets the stage for the other films to come. You see how Macalousso gains power and why so few dispute him. It's not just that those "left behind" are stupid. There's more to it than that.

In this you also get to see why and how the Helen Hannah character played by Leigh Lewis goes on to be Macalousso's personal pain in the ass for a load of scripts to follow.

 

review © by Dale Pierce

 

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