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The Rapture.1991.Michael Tolkin

January.3.2010

1991 gives us a new approach to sex and religion. It was probably one of those times wherein when we tackle an “issue” we maximize it to a point that we try to go to the limit but not overboard. It was sort of surprising to watch this kind of film and I am glad I had the chance to watch it.

This one stars Mimi Rogers as Sharon who is looking for, probably, a purpose on her life. Having her life based on swinging and a lot of sex; one day she found herself empty and bumped with one of the sects that tackle the Rapture or the return of Jesus Christ. The rest of the film deals on how she accepts religion in her life and how truthful the Rapture is.

This was one hell of an interesting film actually. I’m sure I haven’t had the chance to see something that would tackle sex on its first minutes of showing and then give us the “glorious and hard” life of religion. I think I was used to a film where it was sex all throughout. And it usually deals with reality after, I never thought I would see some supernatural scenes; this film gives us more meaning than your typical change your ways attitude. All I can say is that the last part didn’t come out cheap or even on a fantasy level; it was actually an in your face way for the viewer.

Sometimes a film just gives us one “and the film starts to get interesting on this scene”. Now, this film gives us a lot of plot twists that you’ll get engaged, not just with it’s *ehem* visual plethora, but on how the film challenges the viewer from one act to another. The pacing wasn’t that difficult actually but it all goes on how the philosophy of the script is presented. Maybe we just need to be challenged after all.

Michael Tolkin, the director who co-screenplayed a lot of films such as Altman’s The Player, Leder’s Deep Impact, de Bont’s The Haunting, and Michell’s Changing Lanes, is actually an impressive storyteller. With how The Rapture was shown, I was not really surprised when I researched his filmography, and eventually found out the films he made were more on the blockbuster side. He could’ve started big with this film.

Also, we would see a very daring David Duchovny in his pre-X-files days. Though the credits for this film will always go to the lead role, Mimi Rogers, who gave a very convincing Sharon who did what she had to do and to accept something that is morally right in the film.

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