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Fight evil... With evil.
A nomadic 16th century warrior, condemned to hell for his brutal past, seeks redemption by renouncing violence, but finds some things are worth burning for as he fights to free a young Puritan woman from the grip of evil.
It's easy with this film to feel a great deal of good will toward writer/director Michael J. Bassett. It's a bloody fun adventure story set in a world of violence, evil, and magic, drumming along from scene to scene with an admirable pace as it retells the story of Solomon Kane, another creation from Conan writer Robert E. Howard. Bassett seems to have a really good feeling for the character, and I can see why Universal and Konami would hand the second Silent Hill film to him. I do feel that second film was a Too Many Cooks situation. But as much as I love Silent Hill, Silent Hill is not Solomon Kane. Back to Solomon Kane.
There's a lot…
Aunque un final que no acaba de estar a la altura del resto hace que el conjunto no esté todo lo "cuajado" que debería, 'Solomon Kane' es una gozada para los aficionados a la weird fiction o, en general, a la fantasía más oscura. Por lo menos es una gozada para mí: un estupendo personaje, buenas escenas de acción, un diseño de monstruos atrevido y con puntos geniales, y más hechicería y maldad por minuto que en cualquier otra película de fantasía. Todo esto a mí me vale.
I'm a sucker for dark fantasy. Especially when it comes to video games I spent countless hours in "Skyrim" and "Dragon Age" and naturally I'm always down for a similar big screen adaption.
"Solomon Kane" is based on the character created by Robert E. Howard who also brought us Conan the Barbarian and has everything I wanted to see: Witches, swordplay, leather armour, flintlock pistols, fire swords, wizards, beheadings, virgins and the Hound from "Game of Thrones" in a small role. Sure, the story leaves a lot to be desired and the last 10 minutes look like they're ripped straight from a video game, but wasn't that exactly what I came for? The rest of the movie is grim, dark…
With its collection of geek-fever dream elements, including pirates, barbarian raiders, devils, Puritans, witches, swordsmen, and twisted sibling rivalries, "Solomon Kane" swings for the fences in an attempt to be a contemporary, epic swashbuckler. In mant regards, the film is successful: it is quick-paced, fun, and its hodge-podge of story elements is entertaining at the least. Cinematically, it is nicely put together, and its graphic novel/historical amalgam imagery is striking.
In the end, however, this overwrought piece of entertainment strikes out in important areas: it is fun, but slightly empty. Its story is too pulpy to be taken seriously, and its production, albeit sturdy, revels too much in disparate elements. Still, the film succeeds as fresh-minded throwback to the swords and sorcery epics of yesteryear. "Solomon Kane" offers forgettable, but enjoyable, spectacle.
When it comes to "Swords & Sorcery" films unfortunately they get measured up against Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. Unfair I know, but if one comes along with enough panache and some interesting imagery and story-line, then there's an audience waiting.
"Solomon Kane" emerged back in 2009 and was a box office flop. The reviews however gave the film credit for imagination and some dark atmospheric visuals that set the tone for a Gothic supernatural adventure yarn. James Purefoy has been a class act for a number of years now. His turn in the HBO series "Rome" as Mark Antony was a revelation and he brings much of that swagger to a role that requires an all-action persona. Purefoy…
Evil and witches abound in a perfectly decent adaptation of Robert E. Howard's pulp puritan avenger.
After escaping a messenger from Hell come to collect his soul, privateer Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) retreats to a monastery and renounces all violence, hoping he can redeem himself from damnation. This being from the writer of Conan the Barbarian though, it's obvious that pacifism isn't going to quite do the trick, and sure enough our West Country crusader is soon on the vengeance trail after a kindly family who helped him are slaughtered and their daughter kidnapped.
The film is suitably fog-drenched and atmospheric, capturing the mood of the era perfectly. It's easy to believe that demons and witches could be roaming the…
5/10: Created by the same creator of Conan, Robert E. Howard, comes the movie adaptation of the comic fantasy adventure. Mediocre. Imagine Van Helsing vs. Jason (of Friday 13th) vs. Balrog (of LOTR) -_-"
My review -- this film is now on Blu-Ray and where do I truly begin on this review? Well I may as well get down to the nitty-gritty straight away, the storyline is incredibly predictable, frustrating and like watching paint dry. I mean there is absolutely nothing new or fresh or any twist whatsoever, it would have been nice to see Solomon Kane when he returns to his old lifestyle, if he didn't perform a fatal blow every time and just leave the injured party enough time to pray for forgiveness from the man upstairs at least this part would have been a slight effort of something fresh, just for an example. The tempo, it is almost taken me three…
Adapted from a story by pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard (the creator of Conan the Barbarian), Solomon Kane is the story of a ruthless, amoral mercenary who learns that he is damned for his transgressions and his soul will go to hell. He repents his evil ways and tries to live a righteous, moral life. After falling in with a clan of traveling Puritans, the daughter is kidnapped and Kane must return to his mercenary ways to rescue her, even at the cost of his soul. Ultimately, he realizes there is much more at stake than just the fate of his soul.
I must say, this movie is not high art, but it is very enjoyable. It originated with…
Good Movie,He sold his soul ,Now he is kickin ass for redemtion
Decent for a dark syfy fantasy. A fun watch and exactly what you would expect
Michael J. Bassett's action fantasy tale, Solomon Kane, is a movie I found easy to watch and enjoy. It has good character development, while not dragging on or being too long for its own good. Another movie were I'm shocked to see so many low-mediocre reviews, because all around Solomon Kane is a good if not a very good movie. The acting is great, especially from James Purefoy who plays the protagonist. Max von Sydow also makes an appearance. Some fantastic CGI, sound, costumes, make-up, and setting. All very dark and fitting to the sinister plot.
I'll confess up front: I love pulp stuff. Robert E. Howard, Lovecraft, The Shadow, or anything with "two-fisted" in the title will spark my interest. So of course I'm going to watch Solomon Kane.
Aaaand.. it's okay. I don't really have much to say. It feels like a Syfy original adventure movie where a dude roams around beating up the infernal forces of a wizard, and that's precisely what it is. No real surprises. Most memorable thing for me was the haunted mirrors with demons that pop out and grab people to drag them to their doom.
This was surprisingly well done for what I'm assuming was a fairly low budget swords & sorcery flick. There was a great atmospheric vibe underlining the whole thing and James Purefoy acquits himself well by growling and grimacing through the main role. The action scenes themselves leave something to be desired, but the movie survives on mood for the most part.
For his big bro was an asshole, young prince becomes bad motherfucker than man of peace then bad motherfucker again. A story of bullying and redemption - but not for the bully.
Sorry Mr Howard, I'm afraid this isn't what you meant.
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