The Reaping

Theatrical Release: April 5, 2007
DVD Release: October 16, 2007
The Reaping


In The Reaping, Hilary Swank plays a former Christian missionary who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, and has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening and she must regain her faith to combat the dark forces threatening the community.

Dove Review

Hilary Swank is a talented actress as is the young AnnaSophia Robb. So some fellow reviewers and I were wondering why, following an early screening of “The Reaping”, they chose this particular film to act in. We shared the consensus that the ship had wrecked in this movie.

This film is convoluted, frightening at times and silly at times, and just when you think you understand the plot, the ending blows your boat out of the water and you are left going, “Huh?” It’s not that you don’t understand what has happened. That is perfectly clear. But what appeared to be a certain ending flip flops into something entirely different. At any rate, the film has strong language, a lot of violence, and is a bit of a downer during the times it is not a bit laughable. Forgive the pun, but avoid this one like the plague! Dove cannot approve it.

Content Description

Sex: A woman dreams she is having sex but no man's face is clearly seen.
Language: F-1; GD-1; O/G-1; S-4; H-2; D-8
Violence: People are murdered; bloody scenes; river of blood; locusts attack people; the face of a woman in some pictures is set on fire several times; woman commits suicide; a character is attacked but survives.
Drugs: A man holds a cigar but does not light it; a scene in which alcohol is consumed.
Nudity: Cleavage
Other: At least two corpses are seen and one is decaying; a cult carries out supernatural and frightening attacks; disturbing scenes; the skulls of children are seen; a Satanic theme in spots; an unsettling conclusion.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes and Brian Rousso
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Producer: Herb Gains
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 96 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter