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The Reaping (2007)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  5 April 2007 (USA)
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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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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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The Tenth Plague: Death Of First Born See more »

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

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5 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£310,591 (UK) (20 April 2007)

Gross:

$25,117,498 (USA) (1 June 2007)
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The video camera carried by Ben while boating on the bloody river is a JVC HD-GR1, one of the earliest "pro-sumer" grade Hi-Def video cameras. See more »

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When Katherine talks to the boy at the cattle farm, he is drawing with crayons. In the "over his shoulder" shots he is using a green crayon. In the "across the table from him" shots, he is using a blue crayon. See more »

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Ben: [on the plagues] There's still six more left.
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Poor Black Mattie
Written by R.L. Burnside (as Robert L. Burnside)
Performed by R.L. Burnside
Courtesy of M.C. Records
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Loses its balance
1 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Katherine (Hilary Swank), having suffered a great loss, is now debunking miracles around the world and a professor at Louisiana State. She's called into Haven, a small town in the bayou. A small girl (AnnaSophia Robb) is suspected of unleashing the plagues and causing her brother's death. Only Katherine and her colleague Ben (Idris Elba) find baffling things keep happening.

It works well for the first half as they try to debunk the plagues. Somewhere along the way, the odd events plus hallucinations overwhelm the delicate balance. It would be so much better to keep a healthy dose of doubt. It fails to maintain the tension and goes full bore into the supernatural. Only it lacks the cinematic style to make the supernatural compelling or scary.


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