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The Reaping plagues moviegoers

Blood into water, frogs, lice, flies, sick animals, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and death to the first-born. These are the ten deadly plagues described in the Bible. But when these events start to happen in Haven, Louisiana, a small town run by religion, city officials are forced to call in scientists from Louisiana State University. This is the premise of The Reaping, a new horror movie starring Hillary Swank. The Reaping is one long argument between Hillary Swank’s character and her colleague. Swank’s partner becomes a devout Christian after he was shot multiple times and left assumed dead, but survived. Swank plays a former Christian Missionary; when her daughter and husband are killed while on a missionary trip, she renounces her faith. Swank argues against religion, stating there is a scientific explanation for all the Biblical plagues, while her partner argues for religion. Swank becomes famous for disproving religious events through science. She and her colleague are called to Haven to investigate a river that has mysteriously turned red. Town locals believe it was turned to blood after a local boy was found dead in the riverbanks. All of Haven thinks that the boy’s little sister killed him, and is the devil. Swank thinks that there has to be a scientific explanation, but after the “plagues” continue, she regains her faith. The movie’s flow is constantly interrupted by flashbacks of Swank’s character’s life. The movie also is haunted by one of the creepiest little girls you will ever see, who just stares off into nothing. The best parts of the movie are the special effects, especially in a scene near the end of the movie. But if the greatest parts are the special effects, you can guess how bad the movie is itself. The most exciting part of the movie is a five-minute stretch at the end, but it takes a quick nose-dive after that. That scene portrays the death to the first-born plague, where fire comes down from the sky striking and killing the first-born children. It does have moments of suspense, but nothing really happens. Overall, the movie is not completely boring, but poorly done. It has multiple chances to make itself memorable, but does not capitalize. Unfortunately, the movie’s great theme is thrown into the garbage. This bad movie is capped off by an even worse ending, leaving you angry that you wasted your money and time watching this film. If you do plan on seeing it, wait until The Reaping goes to the dollar theatre. It won’t be long.

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