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The Reaping 2007

3.4 out of 5 stars (71) IMDb 5.7/10

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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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Stephen Hopkins
Starring Hilary Swank, David Morrissey
Supporting actors Idris Elba, AnnaSophia Robb, Stephen Rea, William Ragsdale, John McConnell, David Jensen, Yvonne Landry, Samuel Garland, Myles Cleveland, Andrea Frankle, Mark Lynch, Stuart Greer, Lara Grice, Cody Sanders, Burgess Jenkins, Sabrina A. Junius, Jillian Batherson, Karen Yum
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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"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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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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Hmm just about OK if you have nothing else to do with your time. But pay attention closely as there must be a plot lurking in there somewhere. Not sure I found it what with all the SFX, thumps and crashes let along the pyro real or otherwise.
Watched it for some fine actors from our side of the pond so it has appeal for completists of Morrisey (no, not that one), Elba and Rea. However, reaping fans should stay away as there is next to none but then there would not be down in the swamps eh?
Sorry to have to do this but "Don't Fear The Reaping" well, they kind of asked for it!
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Great story and has a few scary moments. Visuals excellent. Good casting and acting, although why our heroine has to be constantly showing her cleavage smacks a bit of misplaced glamour. The eye candy is not needed to enhance the character or story. Elements of The Omen (including the crazed priest) are evident, but the film does provide a refreshing twist on the genre. Plenty of back story helps flesh out the main character. Some dark scenes, so best watched in the dark....

Not really recommended for watching before bed ;)
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