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THE REAPING

 
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At Theaters: 4/5/2007 On Video: 10/16/2007
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 39 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 489931
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A former Christian missionary lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, and 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.
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Thriller - This is a supernatural horror thriller. While there is not too much in the way of explicit gore, the intensity of the film will be strong for younger viewers. But this is a film more about supernatural/religious issues than gory killings.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Hilary Swank FREEDOM WRITERS, THE BLACK DAHLIA
David Morrissey BASIC INSTINCT 2, CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN
Idris Elba DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, THE GOSPEL
AnnaSophia Robb BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE
Stephen Rea V FOR VENDETTA, FEAR DOT COM, THE MUSKETEER
Dir/Prod: Stephen Hopkins LOST IN SPACE
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About The Production
Fact, Fiction And Faith
On Location
Sowing "The Reaping"
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 S-words, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity.
VIOLENCE: Stabbings, shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol.
ACTION: A big locust attack; explosions.
COMEDY: Rare comic banter.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Below Average As for The Reaping, just let it lie in the field and rot.

USA Today Full Review
Poor Hurricane Katrina interrupted the filming of supernatural thriller The Reaping, which was shot in the bayou country of Louisiana. Those involved in making this inane film about horrific plagues sent from God should have taken that as a sign.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 108 moviegoers:
TEENS:Three of the four teen males loved "The Reaping." Nearly all the females thought it was a great movie. Highly Recommended, especially for the females.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Only a few females in this age group didn't care for "The Reaping." Nearly everyone else rated it, at least, above average with quite a few rating it much higher. Certainly recommended, but some of you might be a little disappointed.
ADULTS:The male opinions are decent but not great. There are no "Fantastic" opinions and very few "Excellent" opinions. This tells me that very few thought "The Reaping" was great. Most rated it above average to average. The female opinions are a bit better. More of them thought it was a great movie but, unfortunately, more of them also thought it was below average to poor. Still, over three-quarters enjoyed "The Reaping," at least to some degree. So, for adults, I can recommend it, but you might want to catch a lower priced matinee.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) doesn't believe in miracles – she believes in facts.

A former minister, Katherine turned her back on the cloth after losing her young daughter and husband while doing missionary work in the Sudan, and now seeks answers through scientific investigation rather than prayer. As a university professor, she has become the foremost debunker of supposed miracles, called to sites all over the world to investigate weeping statues, wall stains resembling saints and palms that bleed. And so far, there is no divine mystery she hasn't solved.

But when small-town schoolteacher Doug Blackwell (David Morrissey) seeks her help with a series of bizarre occurrences the townspeople believe to be sent by God, Katherine and her partner Ben (Idris Elba) come to learn that sometimes miracles can be treacherous, and the line between faith and superstition is dangerously thin.

Hidden among the woods and swamplands of Louisiana, Haven is a town where the rules of reason seem to have been rewritten. A child has died and the river has turned to blood, which is only the beginning of what appears to be a revisiting of the Biblical ten plagues upon the town.

For the first time in her professional career, Katherine can't explain these phenomena with science. The townspeople believe an enigmatic child named Loren McConnell (AnnaSophia Robb) has brought God's wrath to their doorstep, but what they see as a harbinger of evil, Katherine sees as a lost child needing her help. The more she is drawn into the dark heart of the mystery, the more Katherine discovers her own role in a conspiracy that threatens to shroud the world in darkness.

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