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.
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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
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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.
It's a sad state of affairs when the fit of Hilary Swank's casual slacks is more interesting than a plague of locusts.
Satanic horror films are always good for a laugh, and this one is no exception.
What could Swank really have done with such a cliche-ridden screenplay, except turn it down?
Audience Reviews for The Reaping
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.
It's not a bad movie and is certainly not as "god" awful as everyone says it is. We can all agree that Hilary Swank performed enthusiastically to pull The Reaping out of it's apparant pit. The truth is there is no pit for the film to be pulled out of. It's full of exciting twists and turns and maintains a mysterious atmosphere. Its not terrifying, but its cool and its interesting.
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