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The Reaping
The Reaping
Actor: Hilary Swank
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2007     1hr 39min

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 Bib...  more »

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Actor: Hilary Swank
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/16/2007
Original Release Date: 04/05/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 04/05/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Robbi C. (silverscreensilent22) from WEBSTER GRVS, MO
Reviewed on 4/9/2011...
From the box, this looks like some schlocky creature-gone-mad movie. It's not. Though a shocker, it's well-acted and has an intelligent storyline. Worth a view for horror fans.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Christina D. from NEWPORT NEWS, VA
Reviewed on 3/13/2011...
I actually thought this movie was really good. I like supernatural/psychological thrillers though. It also had a twist towards the end that surprised me.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Dan G. (hauntboy) from CLIFTON, IL
Reviewed on 4/9/2010...
This movie has gotten bad reviews as soon as it came out. Maybe because Hilary Swank is in it,And the expectations went way up.This is not a terrible movie. It is a good thriller with some horror elements mixed in and throw in some great atmosphere.I thought it was a well shot,good looking movie,that for me was entertaining till the end. 3 stars I liked it
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Alice H. (singlegalkansas) from TOPEKA, KS
Reviewed on 1/20/2009...
Terrible movie. The ending was hedious and the story and acting was terrible! What a waste of Stephen Rea and H. Swank was terrible in this movie. Yuck! Not scary, not realistic to the arts of dark magic or christian living.
1 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Reap the pleasure of this one on the big screen!
Shannon L. Yarbrough | St. Louis, MO USA | 04/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not since the movie Stigmata has there been an amazing religious-themed thriller such as The Reaping that once again challenges Christian belief! Look past any controversy this movie dukes out with Bible thumping crazies, and try to appreciate it for it's true cinematic pleasure. You will NOT be disappointed. This movie is a white knuckle thrill ride for those of us who enjoy a good scare.

Hilary Swank plays a former Christian missionary who now specializes in debunking religious phenomena, who has been called upon to investigate a small Louisiana town which seems to be suffering from the 10 Biblical plagues. Kudos to the film crew staying down south in between Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita to continue filming! At first, the small town of Haven seems like any Maple Drive all-American town but I had trouble believing we were deep in voodoo country. Hilary's assistant is the only black man in town! But all that is quickly thrown aside when the two accompany officials to take a look at the town river that has turned red. The Spanish moss-laced scenery is breath taking and you will soon be settled in for a good chill that doesn't go away so easily.

One by one, the ten plagues start to affect the town and are linked to a backwoods family shunned by the towns folk. Hilary and her assistant investigate but have trouble dismissing the plagues with the help of science. It all builds up to a magnificent locust attack scene that you MUST see on the big screen. I haven't seen anything as fun since Hitchcock's The Birds, and can't wait to see it again on DVD.

With a twist at the end that you will never guess, there is hope for a sequel!"
hjtras | Horseheads, N.Y. | 10/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am not understanding the bad reviews being dished out onto this film. In fact, I almost didn't watch it because of them. I am so happy that I opted to ignore the negative hype. I enjoyed this movie immensely! Swank's character had been dealt a faith destroying event in her life and became a witch-hunter of miracles. God brings her back by giving her the real deal. This was just a fantastic movie and I do not want to spoil it for others by saying too much. Just please watch it without the influence of the bad reviews."
Surprisingly entertaining
M. Nelson | Minneapolis, MN | 09/15/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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.