THE REAPING Add To My Top 10
Worship God Only
Release Date: April 05, 2007
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writer: Carey W. Hayes and Chad Hayes
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Hillary Swank stars as Katherine Winter, a former ordained Christian missionary who lost her faith when her husband and daughter were murdered by superstitious natives in the Sudan during a drought. Now, Katherine is a professor at Louisiana State University who travels around the world debunking alleged miracles.
After debunking an alleged Christian miracle in Chile, Katherine and her assistant Ben are called to the bayou in Louisiana, where the town named Haven has seen the local swamp turn red. Helped by the local science teacher, Doug, Katherine and Ben discover that the swamp really has been turned to blood, just like the 10 plagues that affected Egypt when God told Pharaoh to "Let my people go!" The other 10 plagues also start affecting the town. The townspeople believe that a mysterious blond girl from an ostracized family is a tool of Satan and that she is causing the miracles to mimic and mock God. Katherine learns that a satanic cult may be somehow involved with this family. That's when the twists begin.
In the end, the truth is revealed, Katherine regains her faith, and God performs a couple powerful miracles, punishes some of the wicked and protects some of the righteous. Thus, the movie's Christian worldview makes it clear that we should look to and worship only God. The movie's final scene leaves things open, however, for a sequel with a satanic child who just might be the antichrist.
THE REAPING is a little too bizarre and scary for MOVIEGUIDE®'s high standards. Also, there seem to be a couple plot holes in the overall story. Furthermore, there are scenes where viewers don't know if the heroine is seeing something that's real, a vision, a supernatural event, a dream or nightmare, or a flashback from the past. Thus, it may be hard for many viewers, especially viewers who don't buy into the possibility of such bizarre, mysterious and confusing visions, supernatural events, dreams, flashbacks, etc., to suspend their disbelief long enough to accept the movie's emotional pull and storyline. This may be especially true regarding the movie's plot twists and its more extravagant supernatural events.
Despite the positive Christian aspects in second half, THE REAPING has some foul language and a sex scene. There are also many scary, disturbing and violent events. Finally, although the movie eventually shows that God is more powerful than Satan, this is an open question in earlier parts of the movie. Not only that, but in one scene, it's clear that invisible supernatural satanic powers entrap a good Christian character in a fire in a locked room to burn the character to death. This gives the demonic more power than they really have, biblically speaking. Also, the movie buys into the notion of a satanic child or an antichrist intending to do great evil in a possible End Times scenario. Such a notion is a disputed theological point that many Christians believe but that does not match what the Bible actually seems to say about Satan and the End Times.
THE REAPING is a little too bizarre and scary for MOVIEGUIDE®'s high standards. Also, there seem to be a couple plot holes in the story. Although the movie has a strong Christian worldview where God shows up, performs miracles and punishes the wicked, it has some foul language and a sex scene. There are also many scary, disturbing and violent events, so MOVIEGUIDE® suggests extreme caution.