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Moment After II: The Awakening, The

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USA  •    •  93m  •    •  Directed by: Wes Llewellyn.  •  Starring: John Gilbert, David A.R. White, Kevin Downes, Asad Farr, Andrea Logan White, Don Parker Decker, Brad Heller, Bree Pavey, Monte Rex Perlin, Lonnie Colón, Christopher Greer, Jason Brock, Ron Hughart.  •  Music by: Tim Williams.
     After a dramatic escape from death row, former FBI agent Adam Riley reunites with his friend and mentor Jacob Krause leader of The Way, and his small remnant of Christians. Little do they know the forces out for their destruction. Global Alliance leader Commander Fredericks has forced Adam's former partner Charles Baker to hunt them down while a ragtag militia, led by "Captain" Jackson, spy on them for their own gain. As events lead to an explosive confrontation, all will be forced to an awakening of the real struggle... for their very souls.


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Image from: Moment After II: The Awakening, The (2006)
Image from: Moment After II: The Awakening, The (2006)
Image from: Moment After II: The Awakening, The (2006)
Image from: Moment After II: The Awakening, The (2006)
Image from: Moment After II: The Awakening, The (2006)
Image from: Moment After II: The Awakening, The (2006)
One piece of 20th Century history the Catholic church should be ashamed about is its association with the fascist movement. It's no coincidence that fascism started off in Italy. Neither is it coincidental that the birthplace of Nazism took place in Bavaria a traditionally devout Catholic region of Germany. No coincidence that the mantra of Catholic Spain under the jackboot of Franco was " For God, For Family, For Country ". If someone in Western Europe is a fascist they'll almost certainly have a Catholic background. Fascism is not exclusive to Europe of course, or indeed to the Catholic religion. If someone operates an abortion clinic in America they might to guard their back in case someone has planted a bomb under their car or have someone shoot them in a drive by which has happened where Doctors have been murdered by right wing extremists. Nearly all these right wingers are Evangelical Protestants. There's a saying " Americans don't get irony " and if proof is ever needed then sit back and watch THE MOMENT AFTER THE AWAKENING

The premise revolves around the events following on from the events of the first film a couple of years down the line after the rapture. American is now held down by a Global one world state where Christians are described as " Religious extremists " and violently persecuted by a world wide fascist militia. Erstwhile FBI agent Adam Riley is driven to death row but is rescued by some rebels. Since a couple of fascist guards are killed in the escape he decides not to leave with his liberators and finds himself lost in the desert. This early scene sums up the self righteous illogical nature of both the characters and the simplistic plotting. It also leads to total illogical thinking that doesn't make the slightest sense. If the rapture did happen you can perhaps understand people becoming more religious due to some possible evidence that there is a God due to the mass disappearance of so many people in the previous film but why are they being persecuted? Also how many disappeared in the rapture? No matter what happens someone will always bump in to someone they knew from the first film or someone who can push the plot forward. It's almost like there's only a couple of dozen people left in the world. A dozen put upon Christians and a dozen cruel atheist fascists. Strange how none of the Christians are called Lopez, Gomez, Rodriguez, Sanchez or Gonzalez. Wouldn't it be ironic if this film is suggesting it's only Hispanic people who get scooped up in to Heaven during the Rapture?

What makes all this laughable - apart from the historical fact that an atheist fascist movement is unlikely - are that the bad guys in the fascist militia are almost a parody of those right wing nutters you've seen on the Discovery Channel documentaries or a Steven Seagal movie but at the same time are a parody of the ideology that these self same militias scream about from the rooftops. One world government, repression against the American individual especially religious freedom, one world central bank etc etc which usually involve an unholy alliance with Jewry and Communism. Laughable conspiracy theory but real enough for militia types to blow up federal government buildings and slaughter innocents

I'm sort of guessing perhaps the inclusion of Captain Jackson is there to illustrate the concept of someone who can quote the Bible but is only pretending to be a Christian to push forward his own selfish agenda. Or more likely it's to warn against never trusting black guys when they've got a gun. Judging by the comments on this page you might have to understand the intricate nature of tribulation but I don't recall anyone in the Bible getting blown away by an M16 assault rifle. By the time the anti-Christ appears you'll be thinking anti-psychotic drugs is what is needed for this movie

It'd be all too easy to dismiss this as some sort of Christian fantasy made by and for Evangelical Protestants but it does push a heavy political view that is so blatant that it doesn't qualify as any type of subtext. Worse still it's the same political view pushed by the more extreme right wing elements of the American political spectrum.

Review by Theo Robertson from the Internet Movie Database.