Needing meaning in her empty life, promiscuous Sharon (Mimi Rogers) becomes a born-again Christian. But when an apparent apocalypse nears and God demands Sharon perform an Abraham-like sacrifice, she makes a choice that could change her life forever. What will become of her husband Randy (David Duchovny), her daughter and her devotion to her chosen religion? Michael Tolkin directs his own screenplay.
What a strange movie. The blurb writer didn't know what to make of it either.
This is part three of a women-in-the-throes-of-a-disastrous-reli
I mean, it's a trifecta so far. Please don't make me watch Eat, Pray, Love ever again.
This description is going to be a little boring, sorry. The film is low-key and builds slowly, and is minutely focused on the main character's development, to the point that I thought the other actors might have been directed to hang back emotionally. I'm going to have to spoil the heck out of it to say anything at all.
Sharon's an information operator, which was a thing of old where you called a number to look someone up because there were no search engines yet. So all day every day, most of her human contact is the same 15-second-long conversation hundreds of times a day. By night she and her boyfriend cruise around picking up other couples to bang. She is bored out of her mind. She becomes curious about Christianity after hearing some of her co-workers sharing stories of a prophetic boy and a dream they have all had.
Wanting the happiness and certainty that she sees in the Christians, and that she thinks herself incapable of having, because she doesn't believe and doesn't know how to believe, Sharon becomes frantic with despair. She kicks her regular side guy Randy (David Duchovny, startlingly ripped but unfortunately be-mulleted) out of her bed and tries to get herself 'clean,' tries to pray, but she doesn't know how. In a last ditch, do-or-die attempt to outgrow herself, she picks up a hilariously awful hitchhiker, takes him to a motel, steals his gun and kicks him out, ready to commit suicide. Instead, she has the epiphany she's been searching for. The other Christians accept her, and she meets the prophetic boy, who foretells the end of the world in the next few years. Sharon has a heartfelt talk with Randy, and her certainty and happiness is contagious -- he agrees to try on this Christian thing.
Six years pass. Sharon and Randy have a little girl and are super happy and everything is great. The End Days are nigh and they are not scared at all because they know they're going to Heaven.
Randy is murdered in a completely senseless workplace shooting! It is terrible, but Sharon and Mary know they'll see him again soon. But it is more complicated than that -- Sharon sees a vision of Randy, summoning her to the desert. She consults the prophetic boy, who says, 'Well, sounds about right. Go to the desert then, and wait.' Sharon drives Mary out to a California state park and they wait, for weeks. They run out of food. They despair. Mary begins to beg to die so she can see her father again. It is incredibly horrible. Because Sharon can't argue with the logic of faith and the certainty they share, she eventually agrees.
The same faith that made Sharon so happy, now makes her hate God with the same implacable certainty. She wants to go to heaven to be with her family, but that would mean forgiving God for demanding so much from her. She refuses to. The Rapture comes, angels and horsemen and all, she is literally looking at Heaven awaiting her, and she rejects it. It was the most hard core thing I have ever seen.
Mimi Rogers kills it in this movie. I am not sure what else to take away. Personal Lessons from The Rapture: Certainty is Terrifying, and Mimi Rogers Kills It. She things she has to express! like, Unalerted Boredom, Alert to Despair Boredom, Ordinary Mortal Despair, Scary Eye-Popping Certainty, Bargaining With God, Realization that You Cannot Bargain With God, Total Extraplanar Despair, Cold Rage Towards All Existence, Walking Away From Heaven Holy Shit. So, see it for that. She's kinda the whole movie. It's otherwise rather dull and uncanny, with most of the other characters showing so little emotion.