Rapture-Palooza (2013)

logoDirector: Paul Middleditch

Writer: Chris Matheson (Screenplay)

Starring: Craig Robinson, Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Ana Gasteyer, John Michael Higgins


Plot: Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.


Verdict: Boring Comedy


Story: We start by following our heroes standing over a hot tub explaining how they saved the world, before flashing us back to the very beginning and how half the world just vanished taken to heaven. This leaves the non-believers stuck living through the plagues before we meet the Beast the Anti-Christ himself, taking over the world making everyone do what he wants. When our young couple are looking for a job they end up getting one working for The Beast where he takes a shine to our young heroine and wants to make her his wife. The couple have to come up with a plan to stop The Beast’s plan.

What tries too hard to be funny ends up being a pretty plain story that offers nothing original and most of the time it just ends up being awkward comedy. The source material of a rapture hadn’t been used much but thanks to ‘This Is The End’ this comes off like a weak attempt at it. I was left very disappointed with this because with this which failed to offer anything to work with. (3/10)


Actor Review


Craig Robinson: The Beast the Anti-Christ who takes over the world after the rapture. He wants to make Lindsey his wife and will kill everyone she knows if she doesn’t. Craig gives the type of performance you expect from him but he struggles with the lead role. (5/10)


Anna Kendrick: Lindsey Lewis our heroine telling us the story of what happened in the typical teenage/young adult style. She also happens to know the only person rejected by the rapture and the only dead person to come back to life. Anna gives a solid performance but it is hard to believe she is the age she is playing. (5/10)


John Francis Daley: Ben House boyfriend of Lindsey who along with her takes a very laidback comical look at the apocalypse. John does well with what little he has to work with but in the end get pushed aside by the stronger comedic actors. (5/10)


Support Cast: The supporting cast mainly end up being the attempted comedy be it the stoner demons or the dead neighbour. In the end they all just take up screen time the leads needed to evolve their characters.


Director Review: Paul Middleditch – Fails to create any laughs in this comedy along with a dull story and poorly created characters. (4/10)


Comedy: I didn’t laugh at all during the film. (1/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between Anna and John feels awkward from start to finish. (3/10)

Settings: They don’t offer anything to the story. (3/10)
Special Effects
: Poor CGI effects used through the film. (2/10)

Suggestion: This is one to avoid. (Miss It)


Best Part: The dead neighbour is the highlight.

Worst Part: Poor Story.

What Could Have Been Better? – Built the characters up more, make the characters ages more apparent, have better laughs. This list could be long.

Lessons Learned: Craig Robinson is a supporting actor, Anna Kendrick can’t be a teenager anymore.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dogma


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes


Overall: Not Good Enough, Poor Man’s Dogma

Rating 30

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