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The Reaping [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba, AnnaSophia Robb, Stephen Rea
  • Directors: Stephen Hopkins
  • Producers: Herb Gains, Susan l. levin, Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TTPF2U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,055 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this thriller from director Stephen Hopkins (Lost In Space, Under Suspicion) Oscar-winner Hilary Swank plays Katherine Winter, a college professor who refutes mysteries and so-called miracles with scientific evidence. Science teacher Doug Blackwell (played by David Morrisey) invites Katherine and her former teaching assistant/current colleague, Ben (Idris Elba), to his hometown of Haven, Louisiana, to investigate a river whose water has turned blood-red following the mysterious death of a local boy. The river of blood is just the first in a series of strange occurrences in Haven. It seems that each of the ten plagues from Exodus is being manifested, in order. The citizens of this Bible belt town are convinced that 12-year-old Loren McConnell (played by AnnaSophia Robb) is responsible for her brother's death and for the strange events. Soon, Katherine finds herself questioning everything as memories from her past suddenly infiltrate the present in her search for the truth. The Deep South setting for The Reaping is both beautiful and creepy--particularly Doug's classic antebellum mansion, and the swamps where the McConnell family lives. Swank is reliably solid as Katherine, a woman of faith who lost everything important to her and turned to science for answers. Young AnnaSophia Robb, a young actress to watch, has a captivating screen presence. Brits David Morrissey and Idris Elba (The Wire) round out the main characters, with Morrissey a convincing Southern gentleman and Elba a man who overcame his tough life on the streets to become a professor. Stephen Rea also appears as Father Costigan, a link to Katherine's sad past.

Synopsis

Katherine Winter specialises in disproving miracles around the world, and is convinced that science has an answer for anything. When she’s asked to investigate a series of strange events in a small USA town she begins to suspect that there might be something beyond science causing the events. --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DVD Fan on 11 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
This is a pretty good film, a very stylish horror/thriller with neat special effects. It could almost pass for an extended X-Files episode. A small town contacts a woman who works disproving various religious omens, which she finds out all have a scientific explanation. After losing her faith many years before she buts a lot of effort in to disproving any signs of religious miracles all over the world. However this time she may have her work cut out as one small town starts to receive the biblical plaque one by one, can she explain this or do anything about it?
It has a good story and some good acting talent on show, the effects especially for the plaques are very well done. It does start a little slow but it soon builds up to a great ending with a few twists along the way. Perfect for an evenings entertainment. Overall score 7/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
I almost admire this film for at least having an original story. In this age of remakes, when directors are intent on reviving the 80s, The Reaping is a rarity. That said, it does sod all with its story, creating a snooze-fest punctuated by dumb "scares", Gothic cliches and a special effects climax more overblown than Revenge of the Sith's. The problem may have been its budget. I can picture a poorer artist making a crisper, darker horror film with this material. Biblical plagues, zealous hicks, evil children... The elements are here. The acting isn't bad either; it's just the way the story's told that's wrong.
A small Louisiana town has a problem: its river's turned red. The god-fearing locals suspect divine intervention, so Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank), a minister turned atheist who debunks "miracles", is called in to investigate with her partner Ben (Idris Elba). They're joined by Doug (David Morrissey), a local teacher, and hear about Loren (AnnaSophia Robb), a wood-dwelling child; rumour has it that she murdered her older brother via Satanic means and is bringing the plagues.
We never get to know the locals so their reckoning doesn't compel, and though Hilary Swank tries her best her most memorable scenes are butt shots. Also, I'd like to know exactly how many lines AnnaSophia had. She's the core of this mystery, yet she rarely speaks and mostly just scurries around being a plot device. Speaking of the plot, it's filled with holes; I won't spoil surprises, but this is such an arbitrary film that you could watch it knowing every twist and have much the same experience. It's so focused on being a thriller that it doesn't thrill. Cliches like a winding staircase and stormy night are thrown in (sometimes affecting credibility) but they amount to nothing because there's no substance.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 27 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
"The Reaping" is supposed to be this year's entry into the horror/thriller/lost faith genre, but doesn't quite know where to go. Should it be just a horror flick? No. How about a "lost faith" story? Nope. But it does qualify for being a thriller, in my opinion. The Reaping is as formulaic as it may be; it's still fun to watch. Hilary Swank finally looks feminine despite portraying yet another fearless female. She plays Katherine Winter, an ex-woman of the cloth who turned her back on the Church after suffering personal tragedy, and now spends her time as a professor debunking miracles as myths.

But she runs out of plausible explanations when what appears to be the Bible's Ten Plagues begin to afflict a small town and she is called there to help its citizens. They blame a young girl, Loren McConnell (played frighteningly well by AnnaSophia Robb), whom they accuse of having killed her brother in a river that has now turned into blood, the first plague. Katherine encounters her several times and has trouble getting into an objective frame of mind as she likens Loren, no matter how creepy looking she is, to her own daughter.

During the time I was watching this I notice that some of the plagues could have used a scarier execution. Like, when the frogs fell out of the sky, they were only a few, and oddly, none fell on the characters, just around them. That would have been a perfect eww-gross opportunity. Also, with the frequent references to the eerie wind chimes that everyone in the town seemed to have, I kept expecting to see some connection in the end but it was unsatisfying a mere misdirection. Hilary Swank is a phenomenal actress, there is no question, and she deserves far greater than her role as Katherine Winter gives her to work with.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 May 2011
Format: DVD
Haven, Louisiana, and the death of a child in mysterious circumstances sparks of a series of events that appear to represent the biblical plagues. Enter Katherine Winter, a former Christian missionary turned atheist and a religious phenomena debunker. Who along with her faith believing student set about finding the scientific cause of these strange occurrences.

What to do when you are a big Oscar winner? Tackle the horror genre it seems. Here Hillary Swank {who is actually fine here} fails to learn from Halle Berry's {Gothika} mistake by taking on material that is sub-standard fare. The story is interesting enough, and the religious battle of wills makes for set ups with potential. It's just that Stephen Hopkins' film is awash with gimmickry and all to often resorts to basic genre formula. Some scenes show genuine potential, interesting ideas have been formed, the dialogue holding us with purpose, then it's cheap cop out time. With the film borrowing heavily from prior, and much better, religious thrillers. It looks nice, in fact some of the sequences are gorgeous, yes a blood red river cloaked in greenery is beautiful. But ultimately what remains is a self parody of a movie that started with high hopes, but ended up running out of fresh ideas and impetus. While the ending I'm sure brings howls of derision instead of the intended fright. 3/10
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