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The Reaping [Blu-ray] (2007)

Hilary Swank , David Morrissey , Stephen Hopkins  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba, AnnaSophia Robb, Stephen Rea
  • Directors: Stephen Hopkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, French, English, Spanish, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U7169W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Investigative scholar Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) is a debunker of modern "miracles," bringing scientific light to superstition and fraud. But events in tiny Haven, Louisiana, defy even her expertise. There, the 10 Biblical Plagues seem to be reoccurring. And the more she seeks answers, the more she questions her own beliefs. Two-time Academy Award (R) winner Swank headlines this electrifying Dark Castle Entertainment production that reaps locusts, frogs, a river of blood and more - all to eye-filling, fear-inducing, heart-probing, must-see effect.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining September 15, 2007
Considering the big critics' reviews of this film (which I almost let dissaude me from seeing it in the theatre), I thought it a very pleasant surprise.

Clearly hiring Swank blew the budget, but fortunately, she was fabulous as always (not just looking, but also acting) and carried the film through the drier parts (of which there were few).

On the other hand, the CGI left much to be desired and as to be expected, there's more than a heaping helpin' of it in this biblical plague flick. I guess it wouldn't be practical to dye an entire swamp red but the blatant phoniness of the water-into-blood scenes greatly diminished the awe effect. And the supernatural hellstorm at the end could've been footage ripped wholesale from My Science Project - cutting edge 20 years ago, but Flintstonic by today's standards. Yet, I didn't much care.

The screenplay was well-written and coherent (something that cannot be said of many recent entries in this genre) and even the now obligatory "twist" ending strengthened rather than detracted from the story.

As defined by my "time-check" count, this film pulled a strong zero. And whenever I can make it through 100 minutes of cinema without so much as glance at the watch, something's gotta be right. Not a fantastic film by most measures, the Reaping is nevertheless an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A supernatural/otherworldy 'good vs. evil' horror movie in the general vein of The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Unrated (Special Edition)The Exorcist - The Complete Anthology (The Exorcist/ The Exorcist- Unrated/ The Exorcist II: The Heretic/ The Exorcist III/ The Exorcist: The Beginning/ The Exorcist: Dominion), "The Reaping" is an underated film, not as scary as 'Exorcist' or 'Emily Rose' but very good nonetheless, nowhere near as campy as its critics say. Its style moves closer at times to suspense thrillers than other movies of its type, and may open it up to be enjoyed by fans of that kind of movie as well as by horror fans.

Hillary Swank plays a former Christian aid worker turned ardent atheist; teaching at a university she now specializes in 'debunking' miracles and other paranormal phenomena. Having achieved some not in certain academic circles, she's contacted by a man on behalf of a small Southern bayou town where a host of ominous and apparantly supernatural events are taking place. Tensions are running high in the community, and the mayor and his colleagues really want for somebody to come in, find a scientific explanation for everything, and hopefully calm the townspeople down, some of whom are starting to think about taking matters into their own hands. What's happening in this little rural corner appears to be nothing less than the ten Biblical plagues re-occuring, and bearing the blame for this is a little girl who lives off in the swamp with her mother, and is believed by some to be evil incarnate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Reaping Starring Hilary Swank July 24, 2008
"The Reaping" is for the most part a good supernatural/horror film..... That is until the last 20 minutes of the storyline went completely haywire and the over-the-top special effects & the "End of Days" type theme killed the movie.

The Pros: Hilary Swank does a fine acting job in this film. I also liked the initial theme of "The Reaping", where Swank's character, Katherine Winter, is a LSU theology professor who goes around debunking so called "religious phenomenon" with her partner as there is usually a scientific explanation(s) for the religious phenomenon being reported..... Hence, Swank's character along with the help of her partner are then able to debunk the "religious phenomenon". Then Swank's character along with her partner are called to the small town of Haven to solve a lot of inexplicable "religious phenomenon" that have the townsfolk upset. Just when you think that Swank's character along that of her partner are going to be able to debunk these "religious phenomenon" with scientific evidence, the complete reverse happens and we find that the "religious phenomenon" can not be debunked with scientific evidence.

The Cons: The last 20 minutes of "The Reaping" was bad. As I mentioned above, the storyline goes haywire towards the end and the special effects were way too over-the-top.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to your movie collection... April 9, 2008
By Emi-Bri
This movie actually suprised me. I wasn't expecting much, but it actually turned out to be really good, with a great story line. I orginally bought this just because I know one of the actors who has a minor part in the movie, but I am glad I bought it. It has a sort of suprise ending and it will keep you interested the whole time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Story of God vs. Fanatacism December 21, 2007
Sure, the end-of-days storyline is nothing brand new, but I found The Reaping to be a unique, well-written and suspenseful story. This movie takes an educated look at religious parables and possible scientific causes, which I find fascinating. Most of all, however, this movie tells a timely metaphor about the struggle between the pure will of God versus the misguided, fanatical will of man. The world itself struggles to embrace the concept of a higher power *in addition to* science, without destroying each other in the name of any popular, polarizing religion.

I've seen many horror and sci-fi films, and didn't find this one to be annoying or cheesy at all, as other reviews suggested. I thought all of the characters were believable and I really enjoyed the entire movie. The "Special Features" section of the DVD includes a documentary on possible scientific explanations of the biblical plagues, which was also well produced and thought-provoking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat. Never heard of this movie ...
Edge of your seat. Never heard of this movie but it is quite scary!
Published 10 days ago by scrappinfor5
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge if my seat!
Awesome Movie!!!
Published 1 month ago by Melodie Phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by stephen c. olson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good freaking movie...
Published 3 months ago by JeremyL
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it, too
My husband really likes this movie & I couldn't find it to rent, so I bought it for him. I enjoyed it, too, even though it got mixed reviews.
Published 3 months ago by Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars must watch
Mind opening. Keeps you guessing, and in shock. I could watch this movie over n over aging with out any issues, it is that good.
Published 4 months ago by Terrianne storm robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reaping
Interesting. A different take on potential end of world from the biblical sense. I liked it. And I would definitely recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Annette Lennox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great Movie! It was very interesting and captivating. The plot had a lot of suspense it kept me on the edge of my seat.
Published 6 months ago by Reginald G. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad horror flick
It wasn't an instant classic, but it wasn't all that. It kept me entertained. If you have 2 hours (or so) to spare, go ahead and watch this.
Published 7 months ago by Aaron Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
It's a good movie, I like the part that the little girl is like...some kind of angel. When I first saw this movie until the end I thought she was something entirely different but... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jessie
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