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4.0 out of 5 stars Reap what you sow!
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Blandening
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...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reap what you sow!, 11 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: The Reaping [DVD] [2007] (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
2.0 out of 5 stars The Blandening, 4 Nov. 2012
This review is from: The Reaping [DVD] [2007] (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. There's also twists which are silly and uninteresting. This is the kind of film M. Night Shyamalan would make, post-Sixth Sense.
On the upside, however, the cinematography's lush. Louisiana's wilderness is evoked well with rich colours, so of course the film doesn't exploit this, taking place mostly in shacks, graveyards and big mansions. It's as if they began with an original premise then set themselves a challenge: how best can we make it generic?
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to scare your socks off, despite what the trailer and posters suggest, 27 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: The Reaping [DVD] [2007] (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. David Morrissey, as Doug, is as bland as he was in 2006's Basic Instinct 2 (Unrated, Extended Cut)And coming off of her wonderful recent performance in Bridge to Terabithia (Widescreen Edition)Annasophia Robb has nothing at all to do but squint her eyes and look suspicious. The amount of dialogue she is given could be recited in full in the span of thirty seconds. It's a haphazard gimmick of a part that no child actor should be cursed with having to portray.

Like Louisiana needed more problems after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it gets ten Biblical plagues in The Reaping, a great-looking thriller that's all beauty and no brains. Director Stephen Hopkins, who's done some good work on television but mostly bad work in features, starts early and keeps the shocks coming thick and fast. The trouble is, they're all tricks of editing and sound effects - nothing shocking actually happens. The obvious intent is to unnerve viewers and keep them on edge, but it will have the opposite effect on some, building up their immunity instead. Katherine's scientific explanation of the plagues in Exodus, whether you believe it or not, is the highlight of this movie. Everything else is just for effect, and enough of it is effective that The Reaping reaps a sow-sow rating. Nevertheless, watch "The Reaping" if you want to pass the time; if anything, it will keep your mind off your present life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Holy Crap!, 23 May 2011
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This review is from: The Reaping [DVD] [2007] (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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Film With An Excellent Performance By Hillary Swank, 5 May 2008
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not really horror- I just like it as a film, 20 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Reaping [DVD] [2007] (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
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique, scary horror flick..., 17 Nov. 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars ten plagues, 30 Sept. 2014
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a river of blood,frogs from the sky,flies,cows dying,dead fish,boils and soars.a scientist and her colleage try to find the source of the ten plagues and a mysteriouse young girl.where strange events happen.the townsfolk take things into their own hands and die.great special effects.a real good film.recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC DO NOT MISS x x x, 11 July 2014
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This film is one of my favourites, I have watched it multiple times and always thoroughly enjoyed it. It's classed as horror thriller and its a very stylish/exciting film. It's based on the bibles ten plagues and as throughout the film it is all about them. Hilary Swank plays a woman who has lost her faith as her family is destroyed, and turns to science and proving mutliple times that there is always a scientific reason for many "miracles" that happen. She gets a call to try and figure out what has happened in the small town of "Haven" where the river has turned red and a small 12 year old girl (played amazingly well by AnnaSophia Robb) is involved.

Brilliant definitely one to watch - prepare for the worst . . .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but fun nonetheless, 23 April 2007
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This review is from: The Reaping [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Ok, this film is hardly a classic masterpiece, but it isn't as bad as a recent timeout review claimed it was.

To sum up, scientist doctor used to be a minister but after the murder of her family in Sudan, turns her back on religion and dedicates her life to proving that there are no miracles. Scientist gets called to a spooky small town in the deep south called Haven where it appears that the ten biblical plagues are being inflicted by God on the people through an evil young girl. Everything is not as it seems, however.

Hilary Swank was pretty non descript. Her role was boring and the issue of her family's murder was pretty skirted over. Her sidekick was a much better character, but it annyed me as it was so obvious that he was going to get killed off.

Overall, some plot flaws and a little confusing at times, but not the turkey reviewers would have you believe. I am doubtful that it did well at cinemas as there were only twenty people when I saw it and it was only the second night after opening!
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