Most have failed to survive. The last hope is a young farmer's son named Thomas Ward.
Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn't? Should he trust the girl with pointy shoes? How can Thomas stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the county? Written by Anonymous. I'm afraid after many delays and with a February release date in the US, this would flop.
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
I would understand it in a way. It looks like a cheap B-movie. And a B-movie it is: offers nothing new, nothing special, it exists only to entertain. And you know what? I LOVE that. I'm THAT kind of person. Despite it is based on a book, the story is so average it hurts. It has some nice monster action set pieces and the pace moves in a good fashion. While its production cost is nowhere to the likes of a Hobbit movie, the effects are great and I was very surprised that the 3D actually worked.
My advise: If you want an experience like the Hobbit or the Harry Potter movies, don't watch this. But if you like fantasy movies like Willow or Dragonheart and maybe Stardust , give it a chance.
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Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. When Mother Malkin, the queen of evil witches, escapes the pit she was imprisoned in by professional monster hunter Spook decades ago and kills his apprentice, he recruits young Tom, the seventh son of the seventh son, to help him. Director: Sergei Bodrov as Sergey Bodrov. From metacritic. Road to the Oscars: Fresh Faces. Share this Rating Title: Seventh Son 5. Use the HTML below.
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In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. He has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward Ben Barnes to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man's only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son. Rating: PG for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language.
That doesn't mean it's thrilling, or funny. Just that it's a quickly forgotten pile of junk. Had Seventh Son been released in the s, it would have been deemed an adequate - perhaps even good - fantasy adventure. However, in the three decades since Conan the Barbarian and Dragonslayer defined the genre's best big screen attempts, there have been significant changes.
By-the-numbers, generic plots no longer work and that, unfortunately, is what Seventh Son delivers. Impressive set design and visuals, excessive CGI, and a loud score from Marco Beltrami can't fully compensate for bland character development and a predictable narrative that rushes along on a linear trajectory. Ben Barnes, who's no stranger to fantasy due to his role as Prince Caspian in a couple of the Narnia films, takes the lead.
He's the "seventh son of a seventh son," which makes him destiny's child to fill the role of the "Spook's apprentice. When he takes Tom Ward Barnes away from his dear mother Olivia Williams , the situation is dire: wicked witch Mother Malkin Julianne Moore has returned from a long span in captivity and is set upon fulfilling certain megalomaniacal desires. Her power will reach its apex with the arrival of the full blood moon and Master Gregory and Tom have that long to stop her. Complicating matters is the arrival into Tom's world of Alice Alicia Vikander , the fated love of his life - who happens to be both a witch and Mother Malkin's niece.
Seventh Son feels a little like Clash of the Titans without the mythological backstory or character names in that it introduces a lot of big, ugly CGI monsters for Gregory and Tom to fight. The plot is essentially a standard-order quest to eliminate the Big Bad Boss before she becomes unstoppable. Along the way, Tom evolves from being a pig keeper a nod to The Book of Three?
Call it the Luke Skywalker arc, although it was a lot more entertaining in when it happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Barnes' performance is suitably bland - he's handsome but there isn't much of a character for him to inhabit so he's forced to get by on good looks and limited charm. Alicia Vikander is equally photogenic but, like Barnes, the script doesn't demand much from her. Julianne Moore manages to go over-the-top without being completely ridiculous. She's about to win an Oscar but definitely not for roles like this.
Then there's the strange case of Jeff Bridges who seems to be cannibalizing the "work" he did in R. That's not a good thing; it's as if he got lost on the way to an audition for a remake of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Very strange indeed. The problem is that Bodrov's ambition extends no further than providing audiences with snacks of visual awe.
The cities of this medieval land are impressive, the monsters are menacing, and the magical displays are eye-catching, but it all feels rather hollow in the end. The movie didn't bore me but neither did it draw me in the way good fantasy should. The film's failings seem to be rooted in commonly held misperceptions about what a mainstream fantasy film should be like.
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The genre is at its best when it excites the imagination; it would be hard to qualify Seventh Son as either "exciting" or "imaginative. Given the fact that its U. But, surprise! Subjectively, though? Another attraction is that the adult leads of the picture are Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Of course these two characters have a romantic back-story. Of course they do. As for Moore, she looks gorgeous and slithers with enough menace that you can almost convince yourself that her dragon-morph isn't a special effect.
Olivia Williams and Djimon Hounsou are welcome components in the supporting cast, and the whole thing is over and done with in a good deal less than two hours. Not realy sure why they spent so much time on the janitorial view of things. Yes, the hero spends time on custodial work keeping the place clean, but there's a bit too much emphasis on the supply of trash bags , as if suggesting that garbage bags are probably going to be used to dispose of bodies.
But it turns out the the can liners are a fetish. The way this is revealed is hilarious even if it distracts from the main story. Expecting to be alone in the closet with the box of new trash bags, Wilson starts pulling them out of the box in a frenzy. But he didn't count on a night time visit from the boss. Imagine the janitor, mop in hand trying to get the disposable plastic bags back into the container before he's caught. The scene is deliciously uncomfortable on many levels, including one where trash bags have a legitimate use. A towering cinematic achievement? But not entirely unsatisfying if this particular genre itch needs some scratching.
Rated PG You may not be expecting much from the supernatural action-adventure film "Seventh Son," and clearly neither is Universal Pictures, which has consigned the movie to the wintry graveyard of February. The movie is rather familiar-looking, with its dragons, demons, come-hither witches and Jeff Bridges playing a bearded guru. As it happens, "Seventh Son" is a good example of what can happen when you assemble enough talent under one roof. The cast is strong and includes Julianne Moore, clearly enjoying herself as Mother Malkin, a dark queen who swans around like Joan Crawford in feathered shoulder pads.
The Russian director, Sergei Bodrov 's Oscar-nominated Tolstoy adaptation "Prisoner of the Mountains" , breathes life into the action even when his screen is covered with computer-animated beasties.