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2.14

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Reaping, The
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by Dawn Taylor

"It's no worse than being plagued by frogs or boils, just less fun."
1 stars

Has there ever been a good movie about Biblical prophecy? Seriously. No … “The Exorcist” doesn’t count. That was a devil movie, and they’re a whole different thing altogether. The truth is, movies about Biblical prophecy always suck, and “The Reaping” isn’t any different.

It starts off with some promise, despite having all the hallmarks of a bad Hollywood product packaged by agents and studio flacks. Hillary Swank plays Katherine Winter, an ex-minister who now debunks “miracles” using science. Yes, science! Hillary Swank is a minister AND a scientist! She lost her faith because her husband and daughter were killed as a sacrifice to the rain gods when they were all on a mission in Africa! No, I’m not making this up. Please, stop laughing.

Katherine gets a visit from a fellow named Doug (David Morrissey) who’s looking for help with a little Bible-style plague problem that they’re having in the backwater burg of Haven, Louisiana. Morrissey, a sort of bargain-basement Liam Neeson, takes the theatrical road that most Irish/Scottish/English actors do when playing characters from the American South – he continues to speak in his native accent, on the assumption that the audience is too stupid to tell the difference between an Irish brogue and Hillbilly Hick.

So anyway. The river of blood turns out, to Katherine’s astonishment, to really be a river of blood. Then toads fall from the sky. And people get boils. And all the townsfolk insist that it’s the fault of the requisite horror-flick Creepy Little Girl (AnnaSophia Robb) and so they tell Katherine and her associate Ben (Idris Elba) that the girl needs to be killed. As scientists, Katherine and Ben think this is a tad extreme. Oh, did I mention that Ben’s a black man? Do you think that he’ll be dead before the film’s over?

Stephen Rea’s also in The Reaping as a priest pal of Katherine’s who calls her up on the phone a couple of times to say, “Katherine, I think you’re in danger!” before he, too, dies a dramatic and pointless death. Wow, talk about phoning it in. I mean, literally.

The tenth plague, according to the prophecy, is the “death of the firstborn,” so if you don’t figure out what’s happening as soon as Doug tells Katherine that he “comes from a long-line of only children” and the useless character who we’ll call Talkative Pregnant Lady says that she doesn’t give a damn whether her soon-to-be second child is a boy or a girl … well, then you’re as retarded as The Reaping and you deserve to lose however much you paid for a ticket to this piece of crap.

It’s not suspenseful enough to be a thriller or scary enough to be a horror film, and its pop-psych, rudimentary approach to faith and grief is about as deep as a Jesus on the Cross paint-by-numbers set. In fact, the whole thing is pretty insulting, stealing as it does from so many other movies that we’ve all seen before, and not even doing that well. Bleh.

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originally posted: 04/06/07 18:22:19
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User Comments

10/17/17 brian Rational explanations don't mean God didn't do it. But He didn't do THIS. 3 stars
9/13/17 morris campbell no bad 3 stars
12/31/09 art CARRIE PLUS ROSEMARY"S BABY EQUAL"S A RIP OFF! 1 stars
12/03/09 art IT"S CARRIE MEETS ROSEMARY"S BABY!,EXCELLENT! 4 stars
9/29/09 matt this movie made absolutely no sense 1 stars
7/14/09 art AN EXCELLENT CHRISTIAN THEMED THRILLER! 5 stars
6/09/09 CTT Predictable, lowbrow horror 2 stars
10/01/08 Rene I liked the movie, you should think before you act! 5 stars
8/26/08 Shaun Wallner Great Horror film!! 5 stars
6/14/08 PAUL SHORTT AN INSULT TO INTELLIGENCE AND FAITH ALIKE 3 stars
5/02/08 Patrice Liked the movie..loved the windchimes. How can I get one? 5 stars
4/10/08 Holli I'm trying to find the whale wind chime..loved the movie. 5 stars
11/10/07 Suze Love the wind chimes! Not the best movie I've seen but effective for what it was. 4 stars
10/28/07 Pam Enjoyed the movie- very creepy- cool old house & I want the fulgurite chimes. 4 stars
10/22/07 Daniel found it to be spiritually conflicting and the science of it was aloofing 4 stars
10/19/07 David L. Stone I WANT TO KNOW WHERE I CAN GET THE WIND CHIME!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/19/07 action movie fan could have been better steals too much from the ten commandments--weak movie 2 stars
10/17/07 Pamela The chimes are made of FULGURITES and prisms. You have to make them yourself. 4 stars
10/15/07 Beau Pretty freaky if your religious! its a dark develish film which really scared me, spiritual 3 stars
10/09/07 L Cole Movie sucked.Llooking to buy wind chimes also.Not found on ebay. Any suggestions? 1 stars
9/24/07 Hey Amanda! Amanda, the chimes are made of Fulgurite. You can buy it on ebay. 4 stars
6/18/07 Valerie Carmichael Yep, Stephanie, Hilary Swan could make taking a dump a class act, but THIS is STILL garbage 1 stars
6/14/07 Vincent Ebriega B-apocalypse film that didn't scare me that much, but it's tolerable and watchable. 3.5/5 3 stars
6/08/07 Stephanie Throckmorton What to say?? - Hilary Swank can be a class act even when given garbage to work with. 1 stars
6/08/07 Ruby Spinel Was Lauren an angel or a demon? Never mind - she isn't credible as either! 1 stars
5/16/07 Lane It was much better than I had expected. Wind chimes, where can I get? Please tell me. tks 5 stars
5/05/07 topebrown7 The movie was a seious dissapointment can't believe i spent over an hour of my life 1 stars
4/30/07 i don't like you america sucks, religion sucks, and you're all fucking idiots! 1 stars
4/27/07 Jennifer best part of that movie was the chimes, second on wanting to know where to get those chimes 1 stars
4/25/07 Amanda I WANT TO KNOW WHERE I CAN GET THE WIND CHIME!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/22/07 Kylekylester FX are pretty good, script's got the right dose of smartness & reflection; effective scares 3 stars
4/22/07 victoria i really didint like it and some parts i didnt understand , like why kill the girl? 2 stars
4/18/07 The Critic This movie was good this article over exagerates and the author should be shot 5 stars
4/13/07 Douglas movie is weak.But there are many scientists who are ministers 2 stars
4/09/07 Ole Man Bourbon Michael Bay's "The Exorcist." 1 stars
4/07/07 Meagan I liked it for the most part... 4 stars
4/06/07 the wizz um...wow... what a terrible way to spend a movie budget! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  05-Apr-2007 (R)
  DVD: 16-Oct-2007

UK
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Australia
  19-Apr-2007


Directed by
  Stephen Hopkins

Written by
  Chad Hayes
  Carey W. Hayes

Cast
  Hilary Swank
  David Morrissey
  Idris Elba
  Annasophia Robb



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