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I went to see "The Reckoning."

I went to see the Hillary Swank film "The Reckoning" today. Swank plays a scientist who is called in to disprove supposed miracles (for the Catholic church I assume) and is called in to work her magic in the Louisiana Bayou (though without the accents) when a river seems to have turned into blood.

The river is followed by a variety of other plagues (frogs, locusts, lice, boils to name but 4) and in response, the town starts freaking out and starts to look for someone to blame. They focus on a little girl (AnnaSophia Robb, the bratty Violet Beauregard in the Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Swank spends as much time talking people down as she does on the problem.

Swank's usually good value and she was good in this film. She probably helped turn this film from something that was a little derivative (I could see elements of Rosemary's Baby, The Wicker Man and (more recently) Skeleton Key to name but three) into something pretty good.

If you like Swank generally or want to be frightened a little bit on a Friday or Saturday night, you might like this film. It was certainly the sort of film that teenage girls found scary. Three of them were regularly jumping out of their wits in the cinema I was in.

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gravityslens
Apr. 7th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
This film is being distributed as "The Reaping" here in California. I've often wondered if film titles are sometimes changed dependent on geographic and demographic markets.
jamiebowen0306
Apr. 8th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Whoops I thinking I had a "mental brain fart" and got the name wrong if I'm honest. I think that might be because of what happens in the film (at least in part).

Sorry!
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