Parents' Guide to

The Remaining

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Horror movie about the Rapture has deaths, scares.

Movie PG-13 2014 83 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Actions matter; positivity amidst the dark side.

This is a movie with the positive spin that humans can use right now. It's a theory and not a bad one. I enjoyed not worrying if gore was around the corner, as well. Good Saturday night movie.
age 13+

Such a good movie!

I was amazed at how many verses they tied in from the gospels and covered so many tribulation topics in such a short time. Definitely entertaining and production value was crazy high PERIOD, but especially for a rapture film. Doesn't cover seals and so the timeline of the judgements is off from what most scholars teach, BUT they covered a lot in a little time if this is something you study. If you have teens and want to watch something scary w/them for Halloween, but keep it based off of truth it would be great. But I would say it is scary, so judge this based on your own teens. My husband and I loved it. Fun to see a different kind of rapture that captures the real words of Jesus about some of the earth phenomenons that will happen.

Is It Any Good?

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Basically, THE REMAINING is The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield filtered through the prism of the Book of Revelation. And on its own terms, it's hard to imagine anyone who isn't an evangelical Christian finding much to enjoy here. By this point, the gimmick of hand-held cameras and panic-stricken characters crying into smartphones has been overused, and none of the characters in the movie is likeable or unlikable enough to care all that much whether or not they survive on Earth or make it to heaven.

That said, the acting isn't bad, and the overall production values are solid. But it's simply hard to imagine anyone who doesn't believe in the idea of the Rapture being entertained by The Remaining. Without such broad-based appeal, this movie is literally preaching to the choir.

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