Hilary Swank heads up a capable cast who apparently want new cars or home extensions, and look like they would rather be elsewhere, given the script. Striking a balance between ridiculous and mundane, the movie is inconsistent, silly, and begins to unravel when we’re only halfway through. How long will it take for filmmakers to learn that a decent story is far preferable to rains of CGI fireballs, hungry locusts and irritating flashbacks full of meaningless symbolism lifted from cologne adverts?
Beyond its lack of sense and believability, The Reaping actually manages to be irritating. There are so many cheap jolts, flashbacks, dream sequences, and red herrings that for a simple story, it becomes difficult to follow. By the end, a lot of what happened has been made redundant, and there is yet another “twist”, with the hint at a sequel if this rubbish makes any money.
While not as blatantly pathetic as Stay Alive, The Reaping still makes B-movies like Pulse and Blade Trinity look well thought out and slickly executed. There is no reason at all to see this, no matter how cool the poster is, or how intriguing it looks in the trailer. The highlight for me was the nifty design of the closing credits.
- Ivan Sadler
Beware - the poster may look cool but The Reaping is just another outbreak in the great plague of crappy horror films. Don’t waste your time.
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