The Reaping (2007)

Makes a change from Japanese girls with bad hair I suppose

The Reaping manages the strange trick of being a bit dull despite containing everything you might expect in a horror movie.

Hilary Swank plays a former missionary (?) whose family is massacred in Africa and unsurprisingly loses her faith, subsequently dedicating her life to disproving miracles Dawkins-style. She ends up in a small Louisiana town trying to prevent what appears to be a series of Old Testament plagues, conveniently happening in order.

It’s directed by Stephen Hopkins, who avoids credibility problems by going way over the top and  dispensing with any connection to realism. Among the supporting cast is future TV star Idris Elba, along with Stephen Rea, playing a sort of Fr. Basil Exposition for those of you who aren’t that familiar with the bible. Top marks  go to romantic lead and Scouser David Morrissey, who battles  manfully with a Louisiana accent and mostly wins. It’s all a bit obvious but passes the time agreeably.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★½☆☆

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