Compared to the new version, this movie was just not good. Bad actors, uneventful events, very little action or emotional despair; a plot in which the plane is only a small and unmentionable segment in a villainous scheme by the Antichrist to overthrow the world. It starts with planes attacking Israel and getting shot down by some foreign power (all in very visibly fake CGI - more of that later), and moves on to plans to rebuild a temple, 7 years of darkness: plans that soon appear as prophecies already outlined in the bible... but there's no apocalypse.
Some things are the same, like Buck, like the kids disappearing (a detail that seems so trivial afterwards - and they don't manage to make the disappearance even half as intriguing as in the newer movie); the relations between the characters. Though now the pilot is entirely the one at fault and the daughter is on her mom's side, but the pilot's not even a main character so it doesn't really matter.
The people I thought would have more important roles quickly play out their parts, and overall it's just not very exciting. The main character actor Kirk Cameron appears elated and high-spirited even in the most uncertain times, so it's difficult to get into the mood too, and most characters seem superficial and generic. Not to mention there's this annoyingly unveiled religious angle that permeates the entire plot. I didn't mind it so much in the newer version where it was but an underlying messages: here, it takes over. And I'm glad to see it's not just my potential prejudice against movies religions motives taking over, because even devoted Christians are bashing this one.
This is the first of a trilogy, so let's see if the other two are any better...
rated 1/5: shit shit shit