A strange movie that manages to be both ridiculous and bland, its chief point of interest is the spectacle of a great actor caught in career decline. Sometimes you get halfway through a movie and you can't believe that what you're seeing made its way from Los Angeles or someone's Los Angeles computer to where you're sitting. No masterpiece, but a welcome February surprise with a lively cast and rugged action. The mundane medieval movie Seventh Son is indicative of the cinema wasteland.
Bridges's gray-haired evil-bashing spook and Moore's wicked witch may very well deserve to have their SAG cards revoked The Super Bowl commercial of Jeff Bridges creepily humming in a bedroom was more entertaining than watching this. You've simply never seen such flat-out bad acting from Jeff Bridges. It almost feels like a dare: Even best actress Oscar winners can have a bad day at the office, and this is one of those for Julianne Moore.
Fun - but leave your brain at home. The key to enjoying Seventh Son is to keep modest expectations. And, in this case, "modest expectations" probably means you're better off saving your first-run dollars and waiting for cheaper options.
Overall really lousy fantasy film with very little redeeming qualities. That's pretty amazing, considering the amount of acting talent coming together here. The uninspired and unoriginal script and the mediocre special effects allow little room for fun to have. It's not even particularly entertaining in a bad way. Just overall disappointing and lame. Only Bridges causes a few laughs.
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All the elements are here, but no one much gives a damn in this sorcery and swords offering set in the Middle Ages. Is it the writing? You be the judge. The actors, lead by Bridges and Moore, seem to be trying to infuse something, some life, into this, but it just doesn't take off is all.
I smell the stirrings of another Hollywood franchise folks, well that would have been the case if this hadn't bombed like a direct hit on your local cinema. Actually one of the first things that hit me was the use of the word spook in this movie. In America isn't that word a derogatory insult against African Americans? I'm surprised it wasn't altered. So here we have Russian director Sergei Bodrov's fantasy epic, much like the various other epics he's made previously which kinda look the same visually.
Long story short its your usual spiel about a young man who is like a chosen one and trains with a wise old warrior in the ways of the force. The reason being its the beginning of a centennial event know as the blood moon where by this big bad witch gets all powerful and I dunno, wants to take over the world or something. The usual stupid thing where by this witch seems to have amazingly strong powers but only during a certain time frame because reasons. Outside this time frame she's useless it seems, still makes no difference really because even during the blood moon she still can't achieve what she wants so.
Straight away this movie gives you nothing, it launches you into this fantasy world influenced by Lancashire apparently with no explanations into what's going down. Apparently Ben Barnes is the seventh son of a seventh son and for this reason alone he must be trained by this Spook Jeff Bridges , a spook being some kind of uber tough warrior who is dressed like a medieval English knight. Nothing is revealed and the story carries on leaving you the audience to ponder why. At the same time it also raises obvious questions about the spook, first off why is he called a Spook?
I have an idea but how about you tell us huh. He's obviously some kind of Van Helsing type character that defends mortals from supernatural creatures and beings. He also seems to be a religious man and takes everything very seriously not showing many emotions in the process, alas we are simply not given too much to work with here so you gotta dig for yourself.
I admit I did like the spooks appearance and visual design, very much the traditional old English knight of the Middle Ages. At times both Bridges and Barnes looked like they could of been in an adaptation of Assassin's Creed to tell the truth. Jeff Bridges facial hair is also very impressive and did actually add to his characters look, it gave off an air of ancient mystery about him, whilst at the same time a noble and slightly raffish look.
So in the looks department Bridges was excellent, visually atmospheric to a tee. The problems started when he spoke, we all know Bridges has that unique sounding twang of his, well it beats the shit outta me what he was going for accent wise here because half the time I couldn't understand him. Now this isn't me just being picky, I am genuinely stating that Bridges could not be understood at times because of the weird voice he was using, sounded like he had a gob full of tobacco. So the duo basically set off on this quest to the bad witches stronghold Julianne Moore looking like a classic Disney villain , and end up battling various stereotypical fantasy creatures along the way.
The evil witch also has henchmen at her command who have various different powers such as transforming into animals, dragons, having four arms bit like the six armed Kali created by Ray Harryhausen for 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' and being some kind lizard man who can crawl on walls and leap around like an X-Men character. Naturally this means we have to have an action sequence involving these guys, when I say action sequence I mean a very poor, laughable CGI filled action sequence.
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I must also add that this film is aimed at the younger audience, so there is no blood and at no time do any of these huge beasties eat anyone. They merely grab people in their huge maws and toss them to one side. Another sequence set within a vast sandstone coloured city very Middle Eastern looking , the duo are hired to kill a warlock in cahoots with the naughty witch who can turn into a werebear, yes that's right, a werebear.
I'd still like to know how the cities soldiers actually knew where to find the duo, they just rode up to them out of nowhere, in the middle of nowhere, easy as pie. Anyway this is another badly realised CGI flop of epic proportions and it doesn't even add anything to the plot frankly.
All you get is the predictable message that Ben Barnes isn't ready to kill unlike Jeff Bridges Spook. The funny thing here was this werebear is locked up in a cage yet it busts loose the minute the dynamic duo enter the room. If it could break out that easily why didn't it break out sooner?? Not everything looks bad though, there is some lovely location work which really gives this world some scope.
Some of the fantasy elements are pretty cool, I liked the creepy forest with the ghasts floating around.
The Spook's Bridges home was well created and looked like a typically olde worlde, cobweb ridden, stonewalled semi-dungeon, semi-tavern type abode complete with lots of eerie trinkets hanging around. I also quite liked the huge woodland troll monster thing and the undead skeletal knight that Barnes character has to fight for his training. This movie has various problems and its biggest is the fact its just too dumb, it tries to be clever and kinda epic but its just another lame quickfire fantasy rushed out.
There are so many plot holes and plot conveniences it just ruins everything, its shameful because you can clearly tell they're trying to emulate certain recent big fantasy franchises for grandness. I mean honesty, how did the duo survive that massive waterfall plummet unscathed, come on!
Everything is so corny and unoriginal its painful, there is nothing new to bring to the table here lets be honest. To make matters worse it all leads up to this completely crappy finale with big CGI dragons and lots of boring, ropy looking battles with all the hokey henchmen. It really does feel like they're just trying to capitalise on The Hobbit LoTR's franchise by jumping on that bandwagon, riding on its coattails all the way to the bank It all feels so formulaic, no real love in the project, just a fast food cookie cutter production that comes across as a bad Ray Harryhausen fantasy.
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A shame because Jeff Bridges character was good, best thing going here, I would be interested in seeing more of him. Charlotte Observer - Lawrence Toppman Feb 7, Though the film sat in drydock for a year, partly so technicians could convert it to 3-D, it looks as dull as it sounds.
Movie Nation - Roger Moore Feb 4, The Playlist - Drew Taylor Feb 6, Nothing in Seventh Son is compelling, interesting or noteworthy, though you can feel the strain of the filmmakers attempting to set up a potential franchise. Can7onaLegend Jun 16, I actually really enjoyed the Movie possibly due to enjoying the book, its transferred to screen about as good as it could, i would look forward to more, there are 10 books and this Movie was Book 1. This is a baseline for any action movie. The beginning hooks you but the plot becomes mediocre eventually.
Regular viewers of any action movie will be uninterested in this but you'll get some enjoyment out of this movie. Best as just a rental. Markham Jun 11, Well, this movie felt like it took all the things that didn't work with films like Season of the Witch, Van Helsing, Elektra where she fights these people who are supposed to be awesome assassins but they die super quick , Eragon which wasted Jeremy Irons.
It was predictable and Well, this movie felt like it took all the things that didn't work with films like Season of the Witch, Van Helsing, Elektra where she fights these people who are supposed to be awesome assassins but they die super quick , Eragon which wasted Jeremy Irons. It was predictable and pointless. How in the world do you get acclaimed actors like Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Djimon hounsou and not make a great movie?!?! WJS Dec 5, There should be an award ceremony revoking Oscars, because some of the stars of this should be required to return theirs.
Lots of fancy special effects can't save this convoluted foray into the world of fantasy and adventure. The script for this is just terrible and can't seem to decide There should be an award ceremony revoking Oscars, because some of the stars of this should be required to return theirs.
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The script for this is just terrible and can't seem to decide whether its dialogue should be modern day or classical. I bet Kit Herrington thought that he had made a wrong turn on his way to the set for "Game of Thrones" when he stumbled into this mess. NerdConsultant Mar 31, Overall I really disliked Seventh Son, it was so boring. The 3D was laughable and I think actually impeded the film I was watching and the action sequences were really varied in quality.
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