Thursday, July 28, 2011

Season of the Witch

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Season of the Witch - 3 out of 5

A couple of deserting knights are asked (well, forced) to transport a suspected witch, who is believed to be the cause of the Black Plague, to a sacred monastery. After leaving the Teutonic Knights, these two come across a Cardinal (played by Christopher Lee) stricken with the disease
and are coerced to him a little favor. Mainly save the country-side from the pestilence. My first question about this film is this: Is Nic Cage only doing movies now that have something to do with Hell, evil beings and the devil? I half expected his head to burst into flames and start dealing out justice from his hell-forged chopper. That being said, Season of the Witch isn't a half bad film. It will definitely keep you entertain despite the fact that neither Cage and his partner knight played by Ron Perlman have European accents. If you're able to ignore that, you won't walk away totally disappointed from the film. Hell, the movie actually does a decent job of giving the appearance of the 14th century.

"Whoa, check it out, two dogs doing it!"

That is until the final 10 minutes of the film...

For the most part, the movie has some great special effects and the film's supernatural aspect is
toned down and seems pretty real. Granted it's still out there with the whole witch aspect but the story keeps it at a more down to earth level--until the last reel of the film, then all hell breaks loose--literally. At this point, Cage and Perlman must do battle with an evil spirit that seems to take the form of shitty CG. Everything until this point in the movie is adequate. The action is passable. Perlman isn't as good as he could be but he's not terrible. Christopher Lee's small role is interesting. The story is okay and Cage's acting isn't the usual annoyance that comes off as aided by cocaine. The movie isn't the best but it's not so bad that you'll regret the dollar you spent to get it from Redbox. However, if you want to see a really good film that involves the Black Death, I suggest you check out Sean Bean in...wait for it...Black Death.

"I am Death. Vengeance is mine!!!"

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