From a religious perspective, I've never considered myself a non-believer but more of a sideline believer. I am fascinated by the Bible shows on the Discovery and History channels. So without question, I had to get out to the local cineplex to catch a viewing of The Reaping. It seemed to have all the good things a movie of this genre needs — a hot chick in a tank top and freaky, mystical shit.
The premise of The Reaping is rather simplistic and has been done before in similar veins (see The Seventh Sign and even Signs). Hilary Swank plays Katherine Winter, an ex-missionary, who after the murder of her family questions God's existence. So much so in fact, that where ever possible she dispels that a miracle has taken place by providing scientific alternatives to those affected. She and her colleague Ben (Idris Elba) take on another case in Haven, Louisiana where, after the death of a boy, it appears the 10 plagues of Egypt have been wrought again.
And while the premise seems interesting on paper, the presentation of it falls short. There is just nothing spectacular about The Reaping. I expected a strong showing from Hilary Swank (didn't she win a few Oscars?). Instead I got an unconvincing performance — she seemed very wooden and considering the circumstances, she showed little emotion. The supporting cast, provided little more than side fodder for Swank's character to interact with. But what really twisted my nuts was the lack of visual effects. I got the feeling the plagues were used more as a backdrop to the story when instead it should have been used to a greater extent. Here is how I see the director going through the list with his effects team: