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The film takes a long time to get started fully a half of it is flat and statically directed, proving difficult to get into. However, the last third of the film uses Mimi Rogers desert ordeal to almost turn her into a latter-day Abraham-come-Job and to question why God demands that one must love Him no matter what. Michael Tolkin eventually concludes that if Life is a gift from God then suffering must also be a gift from God. The ending where the Judgment Call has come and Mimi Rogers decides that she will not go, unable to reconcile her doubts, and is consigned to wait behind with the final chilling realisation that it will be Forever, comes with a disturbing slam.
It is in the last twenty minutes that The Rapture takes on a striking out-and-out surrealism with the fulfillment of Biblical End Times prophecies images of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding across the sky; the sounds of the Last Trumpet blowing; the eerie images of the bars in the jail cell simply shattering; and Mimi Rogers dead daughter reappearing to her, accompanied by two angels with flaming swords, imploring her that she must love God no matter what. A remarkable film.
Michael Tolkin would next go on to direct and write The New Age (1994), a biting satire on the Hollywood nouveau riche. Tolkin would later co-write the script for the asteroid collision film Deep Impact (1998) and non-genre works such as Deep Cover (1992), Changing Lanes (2002) and Nine (2009).