The Rapture (1991)
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Movie InfoMimi Rogers, too long dismissed by critics as merely Tom Cruise's ex-wife, gives an exhausting, astonishing performance in Rapture. A cynical telephone operator, Rogers finds her life shaken up by the sporadic intrusion of Born-Again Christians. Soon she begins exhibiting "signs" that she has been anointed by God for some as-yet undefined purpose. Hopping in her car and driving aimlessly about, Rogers returns home to her mixed-up boyfriend Patrick Bachau, announcing that she's found God. She converts several around her to her new beliefs, convincing them that the "Rapture"--that is, the Second Coming and Apocalypse--is close at hand. A rare serious treatment of religious issues. One of the most thought provoking films of the 90s. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Rapture
An interestinbg if problematic film, whose last reel breaks free from the narrative to take on a more primitive line that recalls episodes out of TV's Outer limits or Twlight Zone.
Rogers excels in a provocative, unsettling drama.
The Rapture is not ostensibly a horror film, but I found it deeply frightening, and it is so on a purely conceptual level.
Bizarre and memorable
One of those flawed jewels that keeps tickling (and troubling) your memory for years.
Rubbishy religious tract of a horror flick tarted up as 'art.'
Audience Reviews for The Rapture
1. ecstatic joy or delight. 2. a state of extreme sexual ecstasy. 3. the feeling of being transported to another sphere of existence. 4. the experience of being spirited away to Heaven just before the Apocalypse.More
This turned out to be a ham-fisted and theologically suspect film about a possible scenario at the end of the age, utilizing a lot of the imagery and the narrative as found in the book of The Revelation of John. Mimi Rogers was very good as Sharon, a woman who finds God when her empty, hedonistic lifestyle bottoms out. Her quest for meaning for her life was fairly well portrayed although this viewer found her modesty a bit off putting, if she was supposed to be that into the swinging lifestyle. (Must have had a no nudity clause in her contract.) The performance of David Duchovny struck this viewer as pretty wooden and left one wondering how he went from interested skeptic to heart-felt believer. One also found oneself wondering about the connections between some of the characters. A little more back story would have lifted a bit of the fog surrounding them. And the loss of faith at the end seemed unnecessarily melodramatic. But, even with its many flaws, there was a lot to chew on here and for that it gets an otherwise undeserved third star.More
I think I like it conceptually more than the actual execution. The middle portion isn't all that dramatically interesting, the stylistic choices are laughable on occasion and not all the performances work but there is something horrifying about allowing the Christian Fundamentalist view of end times to play out as they believe it will . . . in so doing Tolkin demonstrates how theologically flawed and morally repugnant their beliefs are. The fact that the film is willing to engage those it criticizes it admirable, and its probably why I still feel its effective despite the narrative problems I have.More
Feels like a parody or a bible-belt propaganda piece for the bulk of its duration and then very nearly redeems itself with a very powerful closing scene. A conversion flick this is definitely not.More
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