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Former minister (Hilary Swank) whose family was killed several years before while doing missionary work in Africa is now a nonbelieving university professor called upon to investigate strange happenings mirroring biblical plagues in the Louisiana swamplands, after a river turns to blood and a strange child (AnnaSophia Robb) is blamed for her brother's horrific death. A first-rate locust attack and some creepy river sequences notwithstanding, director Stephen Hopkins' horror fest is more silly than scary, with a disjointed plot and choppy camerawork, while the putative religious elements, including discussions about faith and a priest (Stephen Rea) who tries to warn the professor that she's (gasp) "in danger," are hardly inspirational. Some intense horror effects, killings, blood, images of sick and dead people, a nongraphic sexual encounter, mild innuendo and facts-of-life discussion, a few rough and crude expletives and brief profanity, and many deceased cows and frogs. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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