Release Date: April 5th, 2007 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Cast: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba, AnnaSophia Robb, Stephen Rea, William Ragsdale, John McConnell, David Jensen, Yvonne Landry, Samuel Garland.
Directed by Stephen Hopkins.
BASIC PREMISE: Katherine Winter (Swank), a university professor who specializes in finding scientific explanations for miracles, investigates a potential reoccurrence of the 10 biblical plagues in a small Louisiana town.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The Reaping doesn’t offer any real scares or suspense. Katherine, a sexy professor, heads out to Louisiana where a small town might be experiencing supernatural occurrences, i.e. a river that has turned into blood. Meanwhile, in that same town, a mysterious young girl (Robb) gets blamed for the death of her brother. Katherine remains skeptical that a biblical plague has hit the town—she has scientific explanations for everything, unlike her assistant (Elba) who believes in the supernatural. The rest of the dull plot basically follows Katherine experiences more supernatural events associated with the plague and tries to connect it to the young mysterious girl, who barely speaks. None of the plagues really feel thrilling or frightening, especially the brief plague of frogs when only a dozen or so frogs fall from the sky. How much more expensive could it have been to add 100 more CGI frogs to make it seem like a real plague? There’s nothing really special about the special effects. Also, watching Hilary Swank as a scientist with sex appeal, who doesn’t have much in terms of personality, feels oddly distracting. Co-writers Carey and Chad Hayes include some awkward dialogue that comes across as unintentionally funny, but their biggest mistake is that they fail to add any imaginative ideas—it’s all by-the-numbers. To top it all off, the outrageous, silly ending truly leaves you with a bad aftertaste.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 12
IN A NUTSHELL: Unimaginative plot with poor CGI effects and no scares or suspense.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Never
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