Several of the cast members of this movie have noted that the budgetpretty much ran out near the end. Fortunately by then you are sofascinated to find out how it will all end the shortcuts are easy toignore. This is one you remember. There's a certain type of convert -to religion, politics, you name it - who is so sure of him or herselfthey just can't ever stop and question whether they've substituted anarrogant certainty where faith and humility should reside.<br><br>Seldom is this zealotry depicted in film, and if it is usually somesecondary character wears the label, all the better to comment on orcontrast with the actions of the main characters. Here that characteris front and center. The sin of pride born of absolute certainty isMimi Rogers real co-star. Rogers is so effective here because herzealotry is low-key. She is soft spoken and serene, a lovely woman.Only gradually do we see how deep rooted is her need to understand Godin her own way and how convinced she is that she's doing it absolutelythe right way.<br><br>Movies never, ever take a certain type of religious conversion all theway to such a logical conclusion. For me, that's what makes this moviesuch a stunner. I've always been sorry this film never got it's due inthe theatrical release, but the subject matter, coming after an openingact glimpse of Rogers' empty sexual adventuring, probably made it adouble whammy for timid theater owners. If it were released next weeksomehow I don't think it would be nearly as ignored as it was. I onlymade an effort to see it because Roger Ebert paid it some specialattention in his review, and I'm glad I did. This movie needs a DVDrelease, because it definitely is an overlooked and memorable film thatshould prompt many a conversation about worthwhile matters of thespirit.<br><br>As I write this there is a certain amount of criticism of ClintEastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" coming from various corners, includingone film critic who claims that Hollywood dislikes religion. "TheRapture" seems to me a perfect example of a movie designed to startuseful discussions about what it means to be outwardly "religious" inan "us vs. them" mindset rather than truly, inclusively spiritual. Idon't recall any public commentary about this movie when it came out atall, yet I'd say it is far more the provocative of the two.
Drama / Mystery
Drama / Mystery
This is the story of a young woman (who lives in Los Angeles) with a very boring job. At night however, she and a male partner cruise the bars as swingers. After a time, she begins to believe that a conspiracy exists and decides that she must become a born-again Christian. The movie presents an interesting view of how even the most unlikely person might become born-again.
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