The seeds of most biblical horror movies are sown in the Book of Revelation; The Reaping at least gets marks for originality for springing from Exodus.
The film is anchored by Hilary Swank's strong performance as Katherine, a Louisiana State University professor and former minister whose expertise is the debunking of "miracles." The actress skillfully balances hard-headed cynicism with emotional wounds that a lesser performer might play ham-handedly.
The Reaping (Warner Bros.) Staring Hilary Swank, David Morrissey. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Rated R. Time 96 minutes.