Amazon.com Once upon a time, in the 1980s and early 1990s, American independent movies did not seek to merely ape Hollywood formulas. They were more than just feature-length resumes for shrewd, enterprising filmmakers who had nothing to say, but dreamed of saying it with a big-studio budget. Back then, independent films provided a different kind of movie experience; they challenged and provoked audiences--and none more so than 1991's The Rapture, written and directed by Michael Tolkin, the man who wrote the screenplay for The Player, Robert Altman's scathing anti-Hollywood comedy. Mimi Rogers plays Sharon, a lost soul who gives up her hedonistic life of sex and drugs when she finds God and becomes a fundamentalist Christian fanatic. Her pilgrim's progress, presented in a deadpan, nonjudgmental style, culminates quite literally in the title event--the Second Coming, the Apocalypse, the end of the world, or whatever you
You will either love or hate The Rapture. There is hardly any middle ground here. If nothing else, you will find yourself shaking your head in disbelief. Michael Tolkin is a fantastic screenwriter/director although I don't know exactly what he intended for us to walk away with from this film but it's a powerful work nonetheless & a very difficult film to review.
Mimi Rogers is, quite simply, captivating in her role as a bored telephone operator seeking deeper meaning in her life outside of work & the illicit activties. Eventually, she finds a religious sect who preach firmly about the end of time. It would seem her life is about ready to turn around. She marries a man who also accepts her faith, has a beautiful daughter, & lives the life that most only dream about.
After the tragic death of her husband, she is beckoned to the desert with her young daughter in where her descent into madness is set. From there on, we get the full, almost sinister treatment which will ultimately lead to some very tragic consequences.
The Rapture really grabs it's viewer by the horns & won't let go. The entire film experience is one not soon forgotten irregardless of whether you follow any specific religious guidelines or not. I found myself in tears by the end of the film & even surprisingly laughing at times at some of the near satyrical dialogue. This is really divulging a lot here as I was brought up in the Protestant church & I'm sure no one I attended sunday school with would approve of such a film.
If you are looking for a film which will garner much discussion, look no further. The Rapture will draw heated debates from Christians/Non-Christians alike. Again, I'm not sure what the writer's intentions were but I do know that the script dares to venture where few others ever would attempt & I don't think Mimi Rogers was ever blessed with a role quite as meaty again. I have to give her props on this one as so many other actresses read the script & turned it down.