Story / Pacing
An underwhelming film that misses many marks.
Summary : In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Based on the book "The Spook's Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney.
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2015
(3D/2D theaters and IMAX)
STUDIO: Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures
DIRECTOR: Sergei Bodrov
MPAA RATING: PG-13 (for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong langu
SCREENWRITERS: Charles Leavitt, Matt Greenberg, Aaron Guzikowski
STARRING: Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou,Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Antje Traue, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington
GENRE: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
I went in to Seventh Son with no expectations because I knew nothing of its source material or the fact that ot had source material to draw from. I’m glad I did. For the simple fact that I would’ve disliked it even more with previous knowledge of the characters and their world.
The story of a farm boy becoming apprentice to the last surviving member of an order that fights evil in its’ supernatural form should be insanely awesome. But, sadly it was not meant to be in this instance. The best thing I can say about this film is the special effects (especially on the witch transformations from human to animal and back) were incredible but that’s it. The cast was criminally underutilize. Dijmon Honsou is a fantastic actor who got little screen time and his character wasn’t very badass in execution. But that was true for all of Julianne Moore’s other “powerful” lieutenants. Whom all get taken out lickety split after only one show of their power. Even Moore is given a flat, generic villain to portray. Jeff Bridges does his best impression of medievil Rooster Cogburn mumbling slurred words throughout the film. The relationship between Tom Ward and Alice is thin and feels forced instead of a love at first sight thing.
As a matter of fact, just about everything in the movie seems rushed along. From the brief Kit Harrington appearance to the big bad guy fight scenes. They even throw in a montage which doesn’t actually serve much purpose as Ward learns next to nothing really during the sequence. It all moves too quick for the audience to absorb what has happened. He also goes from an untrained farmer / apprentice to a kickass warrior who can use a magic staff to kill trained assassins. Really guys ? Really ? 3D was a waste, again.
Overall, the movie is a vast disappointment. I was only impressed by the special effects and little else. The character of Master Gregory was nothing like his book counterpart and that’s never a good thing. The pacing and the storytelling felt overly rushed and underdeveloped. In the end it’s another failed attempt to take a slice of the teen book movie pie.