The Rapture (1991)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Religious Drama  |   Release Date - Oct 4, 1991 (USA)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Michael Betzold

The Rapture boldly goes where few movies have gone before -- straight into Judgment Day and beyond. It has few parallels in film history, as it attempts to portray the end of the world as if Biblical interpretations were literally true. Writer/director Michael Tolkin also wrote and directed the satirical The New Age and wrote the deeply sarcastic Robert Altman masterpiece The Player. He appears to be attempting a deep-level satire about Messianic religious cultists with this story about a phone information operator (the audaciously offbeat Mimi Rogers) who converts to fundamentalist end-of-days Christianity. But the film brooks no open judgments about its heroine's faith, which drives her to sacrifice her own child in search of salvation. Though the plot concerning Rogers' conversion seems much too pat, the actress redeems the movie's believability with her unique brand of making risky, implausible roles (such as in Bulletproof Heart) seem realistic.