The recently released on DVD 2014 end-times thriller "Rumors of Wars" presents a compelling version both of the events that precipitate what many consider the inevitable break down of American society and the impact of that on the faithful.
The following clip, courtesy of YouTube, of the trailer for "Rumors" provides a solid sense of the lore and the theology of the film. It also does a good job of fulfilling its purpose of making you want to watch more.
The chronology of relevant events is that a series of bombings at American military bases and civilian locations prompts an initiative by the Zurn Corporation to "voluntarily" have a monitoring chip implanted in the back of your hand. The stated purpose is to deter nefarious doings, and the incentives include financial perks for complying.
Things rapidly escalate to the aforementioned end times in which many buildings are piles of rubble, a large percentage of the population lives under deplorable conditions, and martial law maintains as much order as possible.
College student Roxy provides the prophetic link between the beginning of the end times and the ensuing chaos; doubt regarding whether getting the chip is advisable leads to investigating the validity of claims related to the initial attacks and the extent to which Zurn is being a model corporate citizen.
Future soldier Shaw subsequently finding the journal in which Roxy records her thoughts and findings increases his doubts regarding the justifiability of rooting out (and often summarily executing) folks who remain faithful to a higher power other than Zurn. One might even say that Shaw becomes swayed by the Gospel According to Roxy. "Courageous" actor Ben Davies does his usual good job playing Shaw as an earnest and clean-cut young man.
"Rumors" nicely portrays all this as a kind and gentle theological analogy; there is nothing close to Kirk Cameron trying to coerce his views on the audience.
It is also fun to see Eric Roberts as Zurn the man; he seems born to play a charming front man who may be concealing something.
Everything discussed above adds up to "Rumors" offering an entertaining look at an exaggerated version of a somewhat realistic scenario. The powers-that-be typically want more power, and people have faced those with a stake in getting them to abandon their faith since there have been people; this will continue until the unknown time when earth goes boom for good.
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