The Reaping (2007) 2007 R CC

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A former Christian missionary lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues.

Starring:
Hilary Swank, David Morrissey
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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The Reaping (2007)

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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.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Too bad, really, because I think all if not most of the characters were actually supposed to be from Louisiana.
seraphcelene
Given the decent story (such as it is) and the hokum it trots out with such cheesy abandon, I don't fault the film much for the flaws in its faith.
Mark Eremite
First there seems to be an evil young girl, played by AnnaSophia Robb, who is causing Biblical plagues in a small Louisiana parish.
Viva

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Nelson on September 15, 2007
Format: DVD
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 By Stephen B. O'Blenis on April 15, 2008
Format: DVD
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 By L. A. Vitale on July 24, 2008
Format: DVD
"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 By Emi-Bri on April 9, 2008
Format: DVD
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 By Jon Person on December 21, 2007
Format: DVD
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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