A documentary about people who believe that the second coming of Christ will be a “rapture”-like event, Waiting for Armageddon makes its Cleveland debut tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Here’s our review of the film.
Waiting for Armageddon
(U.S., 2009) According to this documentary film, over 50 million Americans believe the world’s end will be accompanied by the second coming of Christ. The filmmakers interview a number of Evangelical experts, ranging from ministers to housewives to provide some kind of perspective on their beliefs. Many of the hardcore believers think Israel will be the epicenter of Armageddon so a portion of the film is set in the Middle East. So-called experts argue whether it’ll be an atomic blast or an old-fashioned war with fighters attacking each other on horseback. And they imagine that Christ will “trash the planet” before rebuilding it. The filmmakers’ aims aren’t entirely clear here, but it seems like they’re trying to expose the Evangelical extremists for their far-fetched beliefs. Regardless, the film provides an interesting cross-section of the wide range of people who occupy the religious right. ***