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The Reaping (2007)

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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Ben
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Sheriff Cade
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Mayor Brooks
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Jim Wakeman
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Brynn Wakeman
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Isabelle
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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 personal assistant are sent to investigate. Written by suspicious

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Himmel Eller Helvete - God Eller Ond - Nå Eller Aldri (Heaven or Hell - Good or Evil - Now or Never) [Norway] See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,025,203 (USA) (8 April 2007)

Gross:

$25,117,498 (USA) (3 June 2007)
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When Isabelle walks Katherine and Ben to the Haven Church, she calls the baby in the stroller "Pud", after sound mixer Pud Cusack. See more »

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At the end of the film, as Katherine emerges from the crypt and sees a white egret flying overhead, the sound is that of a hunting cry of a bird of prey, perhaps a peregrine falcon. See more »

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Doug Blackwell: Only a servant of God could kill His angel. You remember? What your God did to you in Sudan. What about your daughter, huh? Now that...
[chuckles]
Doug Blackwell: that is your God.
[gives Katherine the knife]
Doug Blackwell: Katherine.
Katherine Winter: [she doesn't take the knife] That wasn't God. God didn't kill my family. A weak, godless man filled with fear and hatred... a man like you. There's still that last plague, Doug. Death of the firstborn. You come from a long line of only children.
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The opening logos are unique and blend into one another: a red Warner Bros. logo crumbles into dust to reveal a pink-tinted Village Roadshow Pictures logo, which in turn is obscured by clouds that part to reveal the Dark Castle Entertainment logo. See more »

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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst of 2007 (2008) See more »

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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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What God Hath Wrought: A Very Watchable Film
28 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank), some sort of scientist, is called to a Southern town to explain the onset of their rivers turning into what looks like blood. Although Winter is not religious (she has a very interesting theory about the ten plagues of Egypt that I found fascinating) she starts to become involved in a Biblical scenario anyway when the ten plagues happen one by one.

I remember seeing the trailer for this in the theater and saying to myself how awful this looked. Just really boring and starring Swank, who I have little or no use for. Even the name "The Reaping" I found weak, thinking it could sell more with a death metal name like "Death to the First Born". But, I am pleased to say whatever I thought of the trailer, the actual film was far more enjoyable and while nothing really mind-blowing, it definitely met my needs for a horror film.

Any time you have ten plagues visiting a town, you have a good plot already made out for you -- frogs, blood, insects and more! This story also throws in a crazy religious sect and a town secret, so if you're into cult movies (literally) you will enjoy this more. The plagues, I must say, were done very well -- from the beginning with the river of blood, I felt this film had a good shot of being a winner. I was quite disappointed with the locusts (I can let the fact they're computerized slide, but the animator made it too obvious). Other than that, it's alright...

I guess my only other concern (this is a straight-forward film, so there's not much to discuss) is the religious aspect. Religion and horror go hand in hand. There's the running themes of Christianity actually working (such as "The Exorcist"), Jesus or God being dead ("Hellraiser" and perhaps "30 Days of Night") and your religious fanatics who take God's word in a very bad way.

This film does a mixture of the first and third, and I'm not sure if I really think it works. I mean, it works for the film, but it may not work for me -- you have a horror movie that seems to have the subtle intention of making the viewer believe in God (because an atheist faces God-given plagues). Yet, you have the God in this film being a very unlikable agent (because of the plagues). So, it leaves you with very mixed feelings on whether this is a pro- or anti-religion film. But maybe the less than crystal plot is a good thing.

Anyway, while I had my doubts and I have my concerns and it's not the movie of the year by any means... this is still a good film. I think you'll be pleased with what you see. Talking with others who have seen this one, it seems to get a similar reaction from them: a disposable, yet not worthless, religious-themed horror film. If you've been curious, give it a spin.


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