Saturday, 21 May 2011

Film Review: Season Of The Witch

Rating: 4.3/10 - Bad

From the first witches hanging I couldn’t wait for the Season to change. How could the same director that brought us Gone In Sixty Seconds and Swordfish contribute to creating such nonsense? I walked into the movie, ready to give it the benefit of the doubt; it had one of my favourite actors as leading man, Nicholas Cage, and a director known for coming up with stellar plots and endings. This only made the disappointment even more prominent and upsetting.

Director: Dominic Sena. Screenplay: Bragi F. Schut. Producers: Alex Gartner and Charles Roven. Executive Producers: Steve Alexander, Alex Glazer, Tom Karnowski, Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. Cinematographer: Amir M. Mokri. Editors: Bob Ducsay, Mark Helfrich and Dan Zimmerman. Score: Atil Orvarsson. Distributor: Relativity Media. Starring: Nicholas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Fay, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham, Ulrich Thomsen, Robert Sheehan and Christopher Lee. Age Restriction: 16V. Running Time: 95 Minutes.

The movie takes place during the 1430’s, a time where war’s were fought in the name of God, a time when man used His name as a way of wiping away anyone standing in the way. During the 14th century it was also a common occurrence to accuse any woman of witchcraft, most often the accusations were purely lies, speculation at best. The accused woman would then be brought to the priest, so that he may save her eternally damned soul, but her body had to be terminated, either by hanging or burning at the stake.

Behemen (Nicholas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) play two knights saddled with the task of transporting a suspected witch to a monastery for sentencing. The “witch” (Claire Fay) is accused of unleashing a horrible plague that had killed hundreds of people in every town she had passed through. The film follows the knights and their companions (Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham, Ulrich Thomsen and Robert Sheehan) through a disturbing series of events, to an even more disturbing conclusion.

This is a movie I wish had come with a rewind button for my brain, but alas you can’t unsee what has already been seen, thus I feel it s my duty to warn potential viewers of a restriction the movie so thoughtlessly failed to mention. This movie includes some upsetting Religious content that might offend sensitive viewers. I, myself was most definitely offended. The dialogue most certainly also contributed negatively to my rating of the movie; Cage and Perlman tried the whole witty warrior banter thing, but not even they could save the overall clumsiness of the dialogue.

Verdict: A disappointing, religiously upsetting movie, that heavy weight Nicholas Cage couldn’t even salvage.

Season Of The Witch is in cinemas now.

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