No Christian film tradition is as rich as the post-apocalyptic genre. Well, let’s rephrase that. No Christian film tradition is as big as the post-apocalyptic genre, since “rich” would imply some level of value. This sub-subgenre has given us gems like the Thief In the Night series, The Omega Code and, of course, the three and counting attempts at a Left Behind cinematic universe. But get ready, because there’s a new player on the scene, and it’s got to be seen to be believed. We’re talking about 2025: The World Enslaved By a Virus. The movie was released last year, but is only now starting to get some attention, and you’ll see why.
What’s it about? Glad you asked. Let’s just quote directly from the movie’s own marketing:
It’s 2025, The world as we have known in 2020 does not exist anymore. The Virus changed the world, and communism is all over the place. A global world language developed, meetings are illegal, traveling is illegal, and Christianity is illegal. A group of Christians is trying to fight back.
Now you’re probably thinking, “Well, that plot description does sound interesting, but is there anyway I can hear it read in a dramatic Movie Trailer Guy voice over ominous b-roll of major cities?” And boy, do we have good news for you.
OK, what is going on here?
According to IMDb, the movie was produced, written and directed by Joshua and Simon Wesley, who also shot, edited and, of course, acted. IMDb also reveals a bit more of the plot which contains some SPOILERS for 2025: The World Enslaved By a Virus, so consider yourself warned but also make sure you’re sitting down:
“A group of Christians are trying to overthrow the World Government by spray-painting the ichthys on fallen leaves. They meet a bitcoin miner who helps them mail out DVDs of sermons. They are then caught and executed.”
How does spray-painting the ichthys (the Greek ikhthū́s, which you might know as the “Jesus Fish”) on fallen leaves overthrow a World Government? Who is this bitcoin miner, and how are his crypto gifts relevant to mailing sermon DVDs out? And as for that last sentence, just …what?
The persecution industrial complex is a gravy train for anyone who knows how to fan the flames of fear. All too often, Christians have been far too easy marks for these types of narratives, which leverage a certain interpretation of biblical end times prophecy into prodding believers from reasonable suspicion of government overreach to outright paranoia. And if you’re morbidly curious to see how this one pans out onscreen, you’re in luck. It’s streaming on Amazon Prime.