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The Reaping (2007)

Director:
Stephen Hopkins
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Horror
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Reaping
RUNNING TIME
96 minutes
Producer:
Susan Levin
Herb Gains
Joel Silver
Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter:
Chad Hayes
Carey Hayes


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Katherine Winter Hilary Swank
Doug David Morrissey
Ben Idris Elba
Loren McConnell AnnaSophia Robb
Father Costigan Stephen Rea
Sheriff Cade William Ragsdale

 

Review

This predictable horror yarn from the not too successful director Stephen Hopkins boast surprisingly renowned people considering the all too contrived script by the Hayes twins (House of Wax). But Oscar-winners Hilary Swank and Robert Zemeckis can't prevent The Reaping from only arriving at "somewhat interesting". The standard religious dichotomy (good/evil, God/Satan) portrayed through the sacrificial and pietistic traditions in a rural town seems insipid and irrelevant today. In order to justify it all, the film is set in the American south, where stereotype has it these sorts of things could still go on, but the situation seems forced and this definitely affects the scariness of the film. On its way to a rather ridiculous finale (that looks like something out of a mediocre 80s fantasy series), Hopkins adds all the familiar elements, such as the desolate forest, the enigmatic scribblings in old books and the spooky little girl, but he fails to add the necessary inspiration.

Copyright 28.10.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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