Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Reaping

So what is this one about?
Netflix says,
In the wake of a devastating tragedy that killed every member of her family, Christian missionary Katherine Morrissey (Hilary Swank) loses her faith in God, devoting the rest of her life to debunking religious phenomena with the principles of science. But when she's called to a small Southern town to investigate a series of strange occurrences that appear to be biblical plagues, she runs out of logical explanations.
I'd say thats pretty accurate. You might remember the commercial, with the river of blood and the swarm of locusts, right? Yes, fine film making.

And how much did I pay to watch?

And what did I think?
Frankly its always a little shocking to see Hillary Swank 1) looking feminine and 2) doing a movie that isn't oscar worthy. But I'm no film snob (not at all) and who doesn't like movies that bring up biblical plagues? No one, thats who.

Pretty much this was what I thought it would be. Slow building of intensity and scariness, but I had no idea how it would end. Turns out--SPOILER ALERT--twas a biblical plague brought on by a bunch of satanists. A whole town of satanists, in fact!! SWEET!! The resolution and introduction of the satanist stuff went pretty quickly and I would have liked to see more explanation but it was fairly clear already.

I also would have liked for there to be a twist ending, but there wasn't really.

So what is the rating? (out of 10)
It was a fine movie for the type of movie it was. It reminded me of The Skeleton Key but maybe thats just because they both took place in Louisiana. Interestingly enough, apparently this was filmed right after Hurricane Katrina, but all the people working on production onsite were really excited to have a paying job even though all the other stuff in their lives were decimated. Ahhh, the power of movies.

Anyway, it was fine for what it was, so I give it a 6. It gets the extra point (instead of a 5) because of all the satanist stuff. It was awesome.

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