The Reaping 2007

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Thousands of years ago there was a series of bizarre occurrences that many believed to have been the Ten Biblical Plagues. No one thought they could happen again. Until now.

Starring:
Hilary Swank,David Morrissey
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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The Reaping

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Stephen Hopkins
Starring Hilary Swank, David Morrissey
Supporting actors Maggie Eldred, Idris Elba, Stephen Rea, AnnaSophia Robb
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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3.4 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Popeye on 5 May 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
More of a Thriller than a Horror. A film which offers not only great visual effects, but also a great story line which would be it's only downfall to some people..........
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lord Akkarin on 20 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
This is not a horror film no matter what you see. There is really nothing particularly scary in this film, but I still love it just because of the brilliant acting and the fact that the storyline is really quite good. The only way you could conside this a horror is if you are scared of locusts. Seeing as im not very scared of them its really just a question if following the twisting storyline to the end. The Cgi is good and Hilary Swank's acting very good so overall I just love this film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dooga on 17 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Mixing religion with horror always sounds like a good idea, because it creates a terrifying atmosphere, and a creepy sensation when viewed. They do exactly this in The Reaping. A very scary and suspensful film, and full of jolts as well. Rather twisted, and quite disturbing, but nonetheless, a very good attempt at envolving God in a film. Enough said, now watch.
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