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“Waiting for Armageddon” Trailer Review: Incendiary to Its Core

waiting for armageddonTrailer Review: Together, directors Kate Davis, David Heilbroner and Franco Sacchi form a trinity of award-winning talent, who have recently joined forces to produce the ticklish documentary, Waiting for Armageddon. This intriguing film probes the ethos of 20 million American Evangelicals and the effect that this culture has on American politics and foreign policy in the Middle East.

Waiting for Armageddon exerts part of its narrative from the point of view of three American fundamentalist families who subscribe to the belief that the future of the human race is decreed through Biblical foresight and that Israel and the Jewish populace are integrally involved in Christ’s comeback. These families believe that Israel is the location where the battle of Armageddon will take place, annihilating the Earth and paving the way for Christ to carry out a Garden of Eden do-over.

Waiting for Armageddon then trails a Christian study tour group on its journey to Israel. The members of the group discuss the way that the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest sites in Islam, must be destroyed in order for Christ to make His return. It is at this point in the film that the potential for a highly volatile association between Evangelical groups and Jews and Muslims becomes apparent.

Waiting for ArmageddonThe trailer for Waiting for Armageddon uses interview clips and archival footage in such a way that it creates a sense of foreboding that builds and builds, like a roller coaster inching its way towards the top of the slope just before that first terrifying plunge. First, excerpts from the film are shown discussing the “rapture,” an event which will allow Evangelicals to be hoisted into the heavens to be at Christ’s side. Next, the trailer emphasizes the potential for real, mass destruction as Armageddon Theology’s addictive interest in war is highlighted. Then, the trailer concludes with the incendiary message that “World War III has started!” The suspense-fostering tactics employed in the trailer are very effective at creating a terrific air of intrigue around the film, justly whetting the viewer’s appetite to see more of Waiting for Armageddon.

Check out the trailer for Waiting for Armageddon below. What do you think?


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“Off and Running” Trailer Review: An Immensely Gratifying Coming-of-Age Case Study

Off and Running trailer reviewTrailer Review: From director Nicole Opper, Off and Running is an engrossing, coming-of-age documentary about an adopted Brooklyn teen named Avery, who is beginning to question her true identity. The film follows Avery through her turbulent teenage years as she embarks upon a complex journey of racial, familial, and self exploration that ultimately threatens to upset the loving family and life that she has always known.

Avery is 16 years old. She is intelligent, curious, and a gifted track star. Living with her two white, Jewish, lesbian mothers, her mixed-race older brother, and her younger Korean brother, Avery, who is black, is being raised in a highly blended and well-adjusted family. Avery loves her family very much, but at the same time, she feels compelled to connect with her racial roots. Consequently, Avery attempts to get in touch with her birth mother, who has been living in Texas. At first, this seems like a step in the right direction for Avery, but she soon finds herself trudging through a quagmire of adolescent anguish, self-doubt, and self-pity that leads her to venture into risky behaviors, which jeopardize both her familial relations and her shot at getting a track scholarship.

Off and Running trailer reviewThe trailer for Up and Running uses the film’s footage and interview clips in a very effective way which allows the emotional hub of the film to be successfully tapped into and conveyed. The first scenes evinced in the trailer seek to paint an intimate portrait of Avery’s family as being unique and very close-knit. As the accompanying score of violins escalates and intensifies, so does the film’s drama. When asked if she feels black, Avery responds, “I don’t know what that means.” From there, the trailer substantiates the emotional tensions that arise between Avery and her family in a way that is entirely palpable to the viewer. The trailer concludes with a scene of Avery at her most vulnerable, which proves very effectual at spiking the viewer’s interest to see whether or not Avery will be able to get her life back on the track in this probing and immensely gratifying family case study.

Check out the trailer for Off and Running below. What do you think?


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