Watch The Reaping
- 1 hr 39 min
The Reaping is a horror/thriller film released in 2007 directed by Stephen Hopkins, starring Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, and AnnaSophia Robb. The movie takes place in the deep south of the United States, in a small Louisiana town called Haven. Hilary Swank portrays Katherine Winter, a former Christian missionary who lost her faith after her family was murdered in Sudan. Katherine, now working as a university professor and debunker of religious phenomena, is visited by Doug Blackwell (David Morrissey), a science teacher from Haven who pleads for her help to explain the strange occurrences happening in his town. The river has turned into blood, causing the fish to die, plagues are attacking the crops, locusts are swarming, and the town's children are dying. Katherine and her colleague Ben (Idris Elba) accept the challenge and travel to Haven. When they arrive, they meet Doug's daughter Loren (AnnaSophia Robb), who tells them about the mysterious girl, who her classmates refer to as "the scary girl," and who seems to be causing all the mayhem in the town. Katherine and Ben soon realize that Haven is in the grip of the ten biblical plagues of Egypt, and they must act fast to uncover the truth behind the strange happenings. As they investigate, they come across the strange girl named Loren's classmate, Nell (Eliza Bennett), who seems to have supernatural powers. However, Katherine is more reluctant to believe that the girl is the cause of the plagues, knowing that people are more likely the cause of the tragedies in the town. The Reaping continues as the three continue to survey the town and try to help it despite the intense rain and winds, including computer-assisted analysis. They must unravel the secrets that lie beneath Haven's surface to save its inhabitants from the disastrous biblical plagues that threaten to consume them all. Without giving too much away, the film is a suspenseful and thrilling adventure full of twists and turns that keep its audience on the edge of their seats. The Reaping provides an engaging exploration of religious fanaticism aligning it with scientific explanations. The movie explores the personal and emotional conflict that arises when a person with no faith confronts something that they cannot explain with plain science. The movie makes use of flashbacks to bring meaning to the happenings in Haven and create a deeper layers of understanding that structures the filmâs main thread. Overall, The Reaping provides a compelling and entertaining tale of the dangers of blind faith and the power of fear, and how they can ultimately lead to the worst of situations. The film raises a point that faith and science can exist simultaneously, without one discrediting the other. It is an impressive work that leaves no stones unturned, and it is recommended for anyone seeking a suspenseful and thrilling experience.