Reaping

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Locusts swarm. Rivers turn to blood. Fire rains from the sky. Are you prepared for The Reaping? Investigative scholar Katherine Winter (two-time Academy Award winner 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 recurring. And the more she seeks answers, the more she questions her own beliefs. Katherine must uncover the truth, because the Plagues are counting down. And time is running out.

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Studio Warner
SKU 205069118
UPC 012569736702
UPC 14 00012569736702
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.40:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
AnnaSophia Robb - Actor
Brian Rousso - Based On Story By
Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Carey Hayes - Screenplay
Chad Hayes - Screenplay
Colby Parker, Jr. - Editor
David Morrissey - Actor
Graham "Grace" Walker - Production Designer
Hilary Swank - Actor
John Frizzell - Original Music By
Peter Levy - Cinematographer
Robert Zemeckis - Producer
Scott Ritenour - Art Director
Stephen Hopkins - Director
Stephen Rea - Actor
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Review Upon reflection, it's not difficult to understand why The Reaping languished for so long on the shelves of Warner Brothers before being dumped into distribution...The film, despite attempts at edit-room reparation, is virtually unreleasable. For about 50 minutes, it's reasonably coherent and offers a few interesting ideas and characters, then it all implodes in a rather spectacular fashion. When it's all done, no one - not the filmmakers, the characters, or the audience - can make sense of the debris, nor is it worth the effort to try. When it comes to the storyline, God only knows...Director Stephen Hopkins is one of those B-level directors who has upon occasion flirted with marginal recognition. The Reaping won't offer him the opportunity to upgrade his status. It's hard to say what is more responsible for the film's utter failure: his direction, the editing, or the screenplay. The result is such a muddle that one assumes each aspect deserves part of the blame. I have never been a big fan of the original The Omen, but the more movies I see about God, the Devil, and the war between them, the more convinced I become that that's as good as it gets. As for The Reaping, just let it lie in the field and rot.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Variety
Review Few recent studio horror pictures have courted (or, depending on one's perspective, pandered to) a Christian audience as blatantly as "The Reaping." Revisiting the book of Exodus in a feverish Southern-gothic context, this lurid,often ludicrously entertaining slab of Biblesploitation builds an earnest case for spirituality in a skeptical age. As demonstrated by the thematically similar "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," there's an audience for this kind of faith-based sensationalism...Born to play tough, unflinching heroines, Swank resists the temptation to turn Katherine's atheism into an easy irritant, instead portraying her as someone who quietly respects the beliefs of others even as she's lost her own. Still, the character's prodigal journey is so circumscribed from the outset -- and Swank's own bid for B.O. success in a genre vehicle is so transparent -- that very little she does here feels spontaneous or surprising, save for a few warmly maternal flashes that emerge in her interactions with Robb (who was long overdue for a terrifying-tot role)...Swampy Louisiana locales give pic more color and sweaty atmosphere than most horror-thrillers, while Peter Levy's wavering handheld camerawork adds some tension. In addition to being packed with the usual sudden jolts and guttural shrieks, the soundtrack makes lyrically inventive use of wind chimes.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Earl Dittman, Wireless Magazines ...will terrify and traumatize even the most seasoned movie-goer.
Jim Ferguson, ABC-TV An outstanding supernatural thriller.
Melanie Moon, KPLR-TV Keeps you on the edge of your seat when you're not jumping out of it!
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV A terrific thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer ...effectively unsettling...with shades of "The Exorcist" and even "Rosemary's Baby"...

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