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A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. Written by
Originally set for release in March 2010. The studio pushed back release when test screenings reportedly did not impress Lionsgate executives. Reshoots were held in September 2010 in Shreveport, Louisiana. See more »
The caption reads "The Coast of Styria". Modern Styria - now a province in landlocked Austria - has no coastline at all. Neither did the Medieval Duchy of Steiermark (Styria in English), which did include the northeastern part of the modern state of Slovenia but nonetheless had no connection to the Adriatic Sea during the era depicted in the film. See more »
Plopping out in early January, time honoured dumping ground of inferior
product and draped in mediocre to poor reviews, Season of the Witch had
quite a lot stacked against it. But for all this it ended up being one
of the better films I've taken in on a whim, albeit far from any kind
of classic or even especially good. Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play
disillusioned crusaders against witchcraft who get caught trying to
escape their service and are recruited for a particularly tricky witch
escorting mission. So we get an arduous mission through harsh medieval
lands, trekking interspersed with action and capped with a nice blazing
finale, and it should be a blast, should be a lot more entertaining
than it is, but owing to lack of budget or balls (or some combination
of both), it ends up being rather forgettable. The first noticeable
problem is studied downplaying from Cage and Perlman, they have some
measure of chemistry and a small smattering of good lines, but there's
no fire. Both have potential for greatness, and both have a facility
for the fantastical but for some reason neither of them chew too much
scenery or puff with much in the way of rage so the film constantly
feels like its missing its opportunities as well. The ethereal Claire
Foy suffers similarly as the witch, she has a sweetly otherworldly way
to her and lights up the screen, so its a shame she doesn't have more
to do. As for Christopher Lee, well he's barely in it and just about
anybody else would have been a worthy substitute. These problems aside
Season of the Witch manages to be quite good fun for enough of the time
that I overall enjoyed the experience. Its well enough shot to conjure
an effectively macabre and misty mood at times, while Dominic Sena
handles his directing duties with fair adeptitude, making for some
exciting and sporadically stylish action. The pacing is a bit off but
never truly dull and one or two low key spooks (the highlight being a
rather neat opening) keep things interesting in between the few action
set pieces, while the ending is very daft and rather good fun. If only
it gelled together better, if only it realised whether it wanted to be
a rousing medieval fantasy or a creepy horror and got a better handle
on its tone, heck if only it wasn't aimed at a younger audience with
its PG13 certificate so it could get away with a few actual shocks.
Bah, it could have been a lot worse, 5/10 from me.
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