The Reaping

Thousands of years ago there was a series of bizarre occurrences that many believed to have been the Ten Biblical Plagues. No one thought they could happen again. Until now

Well..I have mixed feelings about this movie. I like the movie because: 1. It has Hilary Swank in it 2. It is about biblical interpretation 3.It has Hilary Swank in it

But then, this movie by Stephen Hopkins, co-starring David Morrissey (As Doug, the small town science schoolteacher) and Ann Sophia Robb (as Loren McConnell, the girl at the eye of the storm), about the recurrence of biblical events such as the 10 plagues and the non-believer Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) who is an investigator of the paranormal. Katherine believes there's always a scientific explanation to every so-called 'miracle' or supernatural event.

She gets called in by Doug to visit a small town where strange incidents have been occurring like a whole river turning Red with Blood. A little girl from a family that has more less been ostracised is being blamed for this event, whose brother died a horrific death. Are the events happening in this town biblical or are they man made for gain ? Are these events going to re-instill the faith in Katherine ? What are the skeletons in Katherine's past that shook her faith ? How are the towns folk involved in it all ? The answers to these questions and more unfold while the life of the little girl hangs in balance (or does it ?)

The movie starts off interestingly and has wonderful special effects but in the end , the movie does not grip you with either faith or disbelief. That's where this movie would fail. A movie like this has to either strengthen your faith or strengthen your disbelief in the power of god. Basically you have to come away with something.

Unfortunately, the movie does neither and while I have a bias in favour of this movie because of the 3 reasons specified at the beginning of this post, I wouldn't recommend it to your personal movie collection and you are unlikely to find it mine either !


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