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Season Of The Witch

2

Like Monty Python, without the laughs…

Season of the Witch

After kick-ass, Bad Lieutenant and to a lesser extent The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Nicolas Cage has had a pretty decent 12 months. But this nonsensical medieval thriller dredges up unwanted memories of the Wicker Man remake.

Reuniting Cage with his Gone In Sixty Seconds director Dominic Sena, this limping 14th century odyssey sees Cage and Ron Perlman play Behman and Felson, two knights entrusted to transport a suspected witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey. There, monks will perform a ritual upon her in the hope of ridding the land of the Black plague.

Accompanying them are a posse of pals, including Stephen Graham’s “spineless scoundrel” (sounding bizarrely like Woody Allen) and Misfits star Robert Sheehan as an altar boy with dreams of becoming a knight.

Obstacles include CGI wolves (they look crap) and a rickety bridge straight out of the Temple Of Doom playbook, in what proves the film’s only truly decent set-piece.

The story hinges on whether Foy’s character is a witch or not. And, to be fair, the actress (best known for playing the lead in the 2008 BBC version of Little Dorrit), gives a spirited turn, investing far more energy into her underwritten role than it merits.

Cage and Perlman – Ghost rider and Hellboy, together at last! – make a solid enough double act and there’s even a chance for Christopher Lee to ham it up in a brief cameo.

Problem is, aside from the great Halloween make-up – just about every extra is covered in boils, warts and pustules – Season Of The Witch is often about as much fun as dysentery.

The effects are second-rate, the twist mundane and the dialogue shocking (“We’re gonna need more holy water,” indeed).

At best – or worst – such missteps nudge it into camp B-movie territory. But elsewhere it takes itself too seriously. Maybe if they’d thrown in some bees and a bear costume…

Verdict:

From script to editing, this Witch doesn’t float. More dull than dire, though the plague-ridden zombie monks do bring a spark of life.

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    • fimay

      Jan 21st 2011, 14:09

      5

      I was expecting this movie to be quite bad after seeing the Sorcerer's Apprentice, but I suprisingly really enjoyed it. It seems to be hard to make a good olden days movie anymore but this one was entertaining and wasn't full of long battles. The film had good twists so you keep changing your mind on the outcome and the one down side for me was that it was really scary which I wasn't expecting, but my friends who do like horror type movies enjoyed it even more. Don't be put off by bad reviews.

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    • lukejt02

      Mar 24th 2011, 20:10

      2

      Bashed by all the critics and I see why, poor script, terrible acting, bad effects, but somehow strangely watchable. Nicolas Cage is definitely cashing a pay-check in this one, and the only one that seems to be trying to give a performance is Robert Sheehan. But in the end it's another movie that despite it's lack of greatness is watchable. 

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