Episode #133: The Rapture
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SUMMARY - In The Rapture, Sharon (played by Mimi Rogers) is a telephone operator who leads an extraordinarily dull life by day and a hedonistic one at night. Over time she realizes that neither aspect is fulfilling and she decides to devote her life to God and prepare for the rapture that her community believes is coming.
Screenplay by Michael Tolkin; Directed by Michael Tolkin; and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6,1991.
The movie starts with the best and most interesting shot you will see through its running time. It truly immediately accentuates the hopelessness Sharon feels at her day job.
There's a quick progression into the devious, sinful nature.
Which also shows how awkward and unnatural the conversations are
Most of the dialogue feels like something from a commercial where no one actually talks to each other, but at each other instead
One of our main points of discussion is if the movie is pro or anti religion
It's a bit tough to tell as the film doesn't delve into the deeper issues conversationally
but it eventually certainly shows that God is real when the rapture happens
The ending might be a disappointment to some, but the minimalism works for Jon. Nikki thought the movie started to fall apart at the end.
Awards Talk: It earned a Young Artist nomination for Kimberly Cullum and Spirit nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Female Lead and Best First Feature
TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE
This week we don't have any true crime exactly, but we do talk about the Story of Abraham and Isaac
Moving on to music, we take an in-depth look at the Pitchfork Top 150 Albums of the 90s, which includes a surprising number 1.
RANKINGS & RATINGS
Nikki 1-5 star scale - 2 out of 5
Jon 0-4 star scale - 3 out of 4
Would you watch it again? - We both are saying no. While it is a movie rooted in religion, it is not a preachy film, which we appreciated. However, the dialogue really took us out of it, some of the acting wasn't as strong as we would have liked and Nikki really thought the movie fell apart in the last act.
If you want to watch The Rapture, as of this recording in October 2023, it’s available on Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.
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