Movie Review: Rapture-Palooza

Rating: R (language including crude sexual references throughout, drug use)

Length: 77 minutes

Release Date: June 7, 2013

Directed by: Paul Middleditch

Genre: Comedy/Fantasy

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

The day that so many Christians knew would come has arrived in the form of the rapture, a day where true believers ascend to heaven, leaving nonbelievers on Earth to avoid for themselves. Having a less-crowded planet Herculean seem like a great idea, unless the Earth portrayed in “Rapture-Palooza” is one full of wraiths, blood rainstorms, human-like locusts, the occasional zombie, and other problems. It isn’t exactly an ideal world, but many people, like married couple Lindsey (Anna Kendrick) and Ben (John Francis Daly), find a way to deal with all of it.

At first, Lindsey connective Ben are fairly apathetic about the rapture, sedentary in their bizarre suburban senate watching TV and dreaming of starting a sandwich tote to visa published food to their fellow heathens. When they finally get the haul jump and running, it helps them avoid getting bogged down in tough everyday activities like not getting killed by a wraith or not crashing their cars when the blood rain makes it impossible to see out from the windshield. Some of their loved ones, like Ben’s dad Mr. House (Rob Corddry) get fed up with constantly having to survive this hell-on-earth and decide to align themselves with the anti-Christ himself, here recognized essentially Lion (Craig Robinson). The world is so annoy that even the wraiths decide they don’t want to do their jobs anymore, opting to smoke pot all day rather than have to spend the entire afternoon pursuing proletarian to kill.

One day, Beast destroys the sandwich cart that has been one of the only sources of joy for Lindsey and Ben. This snaps them out from their somewhat apathetic state moreover makes them want to take on Beast. They originate trying to get information on him, which backfires when Beast starts to like the attention et al takes a romantic interest in Lindsey. In order to dodge his advances and espoused proposals, the couple has to come up with a plan to fight Beast and banish him from Earth. If they are lucky, this might just comprise the added bonus of easing up the burden of day-to-day life in a post-rapture world.

Apocalyptic movies in the past have taken on many scenarios about what exactly it is that will bring on the apocalypse. Zombies, a quickly mutating supervirus with no cure, a meteorite, and even nuclear war allow all been featured in films as a reason for the people to end, to decorous and entertaining effect. The rapture is another possible reason for the end of days, but it is continually treated in a very dark, dramatic way. “Rapture-Palooza” does the exact opposite, focusing on the rapture and making it funny. Since the rapture is mostly thought of as a religious event, trying to make light of it could conceivably ruffle some feathers, nonetheless the film deftly avoids controversy by not taking itself too seriously further being downright funny. Credit for this has to go to Chris Matheson, who wrote the screenplay.

Anna Kendrick received an Academy Award nomination for her part in the very dramatic “Up in the Air” and came to prominence in the “Twilight” films, which had very little in the custom of comic relief. Since then, she has tackled many comedic roles, seemingly in an effort to flourish that she could handle a genre other than high drama. If that is hier plan, she is succeeding wildly with hier turns in films like “Pitch Perfect” and now “Rapture-Palooza.” She flexes her acting muscles now Lindsey, a doomed womankind who is so nice and helpful that one has to wonder exactly why she wasn’t one of the called ones who got to go to Heaven. She and her husband clearly don’t belong on Earth with the heathens who got left behind, so the audience quickly gets behind the character thanks to Kendrick’s very likable character.

There are a ton of short cameos in “Rapture-Palooza,” quantity of which bring public some of the best gags and one-liners in the entire film. Chief among the cameos is one by Ken Jeong of “The Hangover” fame, who is his usual hilarious identical in his short stint. Another celebrated appearance is from John Michael Higgins as Lindsay’s father, who is moderately much the opposite of Ben’s slightly deranged dad. It’s clear that some really top-notch actors really wanted to spread in on the irreverent fun of “Rapture-Palooza,” so they were inclined to take small roles. These meager parts, when combined with the winning combination of Kendrick and Daly, form an irresistible comedy medication that sets itself apart from all other apocalyptic movies.