Film #28: WAITING FOR ARMAGEDDON
Waiting for Armageddon
3 out of 5 stars
The brilliant thing the makers of this documentary do is to merely point the camera at their subjects and let them talk. Much like K. Ryan Jones in his FALL FROM GRACE documentary (about Fred Phelps and The Westboro Baptist Church), it is not an editorial narrative that undoes the subjects of the documentary, but it is their words and thoughts themselves. As these simple folk rant about religion, they do so in the most elementary and child-like terms - God is a “father,” “we will be lifted up” (much like how a child is lifted up by its parent, etc.). At the heart of the rhetoric though is a fear… a fear of death, a fear that they are not “God’s chosen,” a fear that when we die, we die and the most interesting thing is that 99% of those filmed are upper-middle class white people. Now, I by no means mean to debate religion here. If believing in a celestial Daddy who loves you enough to cast you into the fires of hell makes you sleep easier a night… well, good luck with that. The dangerous thing though… is that these people believe it is their mission to lead the world into a “Final Battle” and to usher in “The End of Times.” It is a volatile and HIGHLY dangerous train of thought.