The Reaping (2007)

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A former Christian missionary, who specializes in debunking religious phenomena, investigates a small town which seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Cade
John McConnell ...
Mayor Brooks
Jim Wakeman
Brynn Wakeman
Myles Cleveland ...
Kyle Wakeman
Mark Lynch ...
Brody McConnell


The death of a child in mysterious circumstances sparks a series of events that seem to represent biblical plagues, which start occurring in, of all places, a town called "Haven" that is located deep in the bowels of Bible belt country in the bayous of Louisiana. A former Christian missionary turned religious phenomena debunker and her top open minded student turned personnel assistant are sent to investigate. Written by suspicious

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prueba de fe  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,025,203 (USA) (6 April 2007)


$25,117,498 (USA) (1 June 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Katherine and Ben are at Doug's house the first night for dinner, Katherine drinks "Purple Haze" beer. See more »


Towards the end of the film during the second flash of lightning, for just an instant in the upper right hand corner of the screen you can see a serial number. See more »


Katherine Winter: How do I know? How do I know what's real?
Loren McConnell: [reaches a shaking hand up to Katherine's face] Faith.
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Crazy Credits

The Village Roadshow Pictures appears in the form of a red mist that blows away on the wind See more »


Referenced in The Reaping: EPK Featurette (2007) See more »


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The script wasted Hilary Swank's talents
6 April 2007 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

(My Synopsis) Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) is a college professor at LSU who doesn't believe in miracles and goes around the world debunking them. She lost her faith when her daughter and husband were killed in Sudan when she was a newly ordained minister on her first mission. Whenever Katherine is called to investigate a miracle, she is able to prove that what people believe is a miracle can be explained using scientific facts and no divine intervention has occurred. Her next case is in her own backyard in Haven, Louisiana. Doug Blackwell (David Morrissey), a schoolteacher, is asking for Katherine's help. The river has turned to blood, and the townspeople believe that Loren McConnell (AnnaSophia Robb), a young 12-year old girl, has brought this plague upon the town. They also believe that this is the start of the Biblical ten plagues that are about to occur in Haven. Katherine and Ben (Idris Elba), her partner, go to Haven to investigate. At first Katherine is able to explain all the strange occurrences with science, but she soon comes to the realization that science can't explain all of them away. Katherine must reclaim her faith to fight these evil forces.

(My Comment) The storyline is a simple story about a woman who has lost her faith and meets it head-on by regaining her faith to fight an evil cult. From the previews you would think that this supernatural thriller would be scary, but you would be wrong. For the first 20-minutes, you are absorbed in the movie, and then the pace slows down to a crawl, then builds up to a spectacular ending. The CG special effects of the ten plagues were visually interesting, but that is about all there was. The movie did not lure me in and scare me as I thought it would. The worst thing was that they wasted Hilary Swank's talents in this movie. I think the writers probably came up with an ending at the last minute, because there wasn't must thought that went into it. I can't believe the writers even set it up for a sequel. (Warner Bros. Pictures, Run time 1:36, Rated R)(3/10)

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