Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Movie Review: The Reaping

Starring Hilary Swank, The Reaping tells the story of a Christian minister who lost her faith and now debunks miracles for a living. In a small Louisiana town, her faith in science is challenged when confronted with what appear to be the Biblical plagues.

Swank and Elba deliver solid performances, and if you close your eyes at the right time, you might think Liam Neeson was playing Doug, the town's science teacher. It seems David Morrissey conjured Neeson's Nell performance or something when preparing for the roll.

It's not all that scary, but it has a few moments. Swank's character's lack of belief actually justifies some of the silly things horror movie characters do so that was unique. And then at the end, we do get a bit of a twist. Beyond that, though, there's nothing much to say. Signs by M. Night Shyamalan might be a better choice if you're looking for a story about belief and faith.

You can see the trailer below:



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