The Reaping (2007)
Critic Consensus: It may feature such accomplished actors as Hilary Swank and Stephen Rea, but The Reaping also boasts the apropos tagline "What hath God wrought?" It's schlocky, spiritually shallow, and scare-free.
A former Christian missionary, who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But, when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening, and she must regain her faith to combat the dark forces threatening the community.
|Rating:||R (for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Horror|
|Directed By:||Stephen Hopkins|
|Written By:||Bruce Rousso, Carey W. Hayes, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes|
|In Theaters:||Apr 5, 2007 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 16, 2007|
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as Katherine Winter
as Loren McConnell
as Father Costigan
as Sheriff Cade
as Mayor Brooks
as Jim Wakeman
as Bynn Wakeman
as William Wakeman
as Kyle Wakeman
as Maddie McConnell
as Brody McConnell
as Sarah Winter
as Mayor Brooks
as Jim Wakeman
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Critic Reviews for The Reaping
The cumulative effect is likely to make viewers weary, but not so weary that they can't manage a chuckle or two during the film's cheesed-out final minutes.
He lays the photos out on the floor and the burn marks form a cross with a hook at the bottom, the unmistakable emblem of '70s hard rockers Blue Oyster Cult. Hey, didn't they have a big hit called "(Don't Fear) the Reaping"?
Although terrible, this film does raise ... interesting questions: Why does Hollywood keep ripping off THE OMEN? Why would anyone continue hiring Stephen Hopkins to direct a movie? Why would two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank agre to be in this mess?
Audience Reviews for The Reaping
Was expecting a far worse movie than I got with this one. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. A good supernatural flick with a lot of twists and turns. I kept thinking that i was right on the reveal but only part right. Good twist.
Katherine Winter: Ten plagues. Ten scientific explanations.
"What Hath God Wrought?"
The Reaping is ass. It falls under the trap of what kills every bad horror film. It is predictable. There shouldn't be a one of us that can't see the "twist" coming. This is a terrible movie, but it really shouldn't have been. It had everything set up perfect to be a cool and unique film. It had a good premise, a solid lead, and amazing visuals. Weak directing and even weaker writing ultimately killed this shit fest.
Katherine is a born again atheist. She used to be a missionary, but when she lost her daughter, she went to the dark side. Hmm... very original. Now she specializes in the debunking of "miracles." She is always able to find the scientific explanation behind every single "miracle" people proclaim. She gets an invite to come take a look at a river that has turned red. That is the first plague. The people of this town are all God crazy and think a little girl is behind everything. Katherine comes in to give them a logical explanation for everything going on. But can she?
In the end, this movie is nothing more than a waste. A waste of a good idea. A waste of Hillary Swank. But worst of all, a waste of my time. I always have trouble liking Religious Horror films. There's occasionally a good one, like The Exorcist, but for the most part, it is a garbage sub genre. I can't recommend not watching this though because Hillary Swank is Hillary Swank and she's always worth watching. Plus there is a locus scene that almost makes up for all the crap you have to wade through to get there. Just know that you're getting yourself into a truly terrible film.
Good acting cannot lift this typical eerie goth horror outing as science lady (she blinded me with science sexy Hillary Swank!) meets Biblical plagues down in godforsaken "you goin' to hellfire sure and damnation Yankee liberals, doncha even believe in THE damned BIBLE, don't you?" swamp country.
The Reaping Quotes
|Katherine Winter:||What? No!|
|Katherine Winter:||I'm just tryin' to help her.|
|Loren McConell:||What about the boy?.|
|Katherine Winter:||What boy?.|
|Loren McConell:||The boy inside you. We gotta take care of him too!|
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