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Brad William Henke
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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
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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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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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