The Reaping

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The Reaping
Review (2/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

I know it's been a bad week for movies when the best movie I've seen so far is "Are We There Yet?". That's because the only other movie I have seen is "The Reaping". It's the most confusing, poorly edited, uninteresting movie I've seen in a long time.

The Reaping stars Hilary Swank as a former Christian missionary and ordained minister who loses her faith after her husband and daughter are tragically killed. She is now a university professor whose expertise is disproving any kind of phenomena that people might attribute to religion, God, the devil, farting or any other sort of unearthly power. Swank seems to be doing a pretty good job of it until she happens upon a small Louisiana town inhabited by a bunch of inbreds who appear to be suffering from the 10 Biblical plagues. They have a river full of the blood of 200,000 people, frogs falling from the sky, cows going crazy, inbreds with large boils on their bodies and a little girl running around and doing a whole lot of staring and not a lot of talking. It appears she is the devil (the little girl, not Swank). The non-believer Swank must change her unbelieving ways very quickly before the possessed girl stares her to death. It sounds like an interesting concept for a movie...

I have to be straight forward about "The Reaping" - it was horrible. I really don't like saying that about any movie that doesn't star Will Ferrell but it was just so bad - the editing, the story, the acting, the ending - the whole kit and caboodle. It's got everything you would expect from a bad horror movie - not a single scary moment, people walking into dark houses or rooms that anyone with a brain in their head would never go near, your stereotypical swampy Louisiana town where 99% of the people are God-fearing citizens and 1% of the people worship the devil. Cellphones don't work. The supposedly normal people live in beautiful aging mansions with vines growing off the building and the real rednecks live in beat up old houses with dirty kitchens and a surprisingly clean basement where all the devil worshipping takes place. The movie just kind of putters along, leaving us hanging and waiting for an explanation for all the wierd stuff going on and in about two minutes it is all thrown at us with a series of flashbacks, a bit of dialogue and a bunch of lightening coming from the sky. Oh yeah, there's a priest living in New York or somewhere like that who seems to know everything that is going on. Of course the devil finds him and takes care of that situation.

In the end, I left "The Reaping" not knowing who was supposed to be the devil, who was the angel or where Waldo was. I just didn't get it. And to be honest, I didn't want to. I just wanted to to home and forget I ever saw it. On the plus side, I suppose the frogs falling from the sky was kind of cool. But other than that, there is not one redeeming factor about "The Reaping" that I can think of. I brought my mommy to the movie and usually she's pretty generous in her ratings but not for "The Reaping". She said she would give it a 2 out of 10. Like I said, she's generous.


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