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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.
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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.
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.
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…
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…
Delivering on exciting set pieces and rich with atmosphere and mood, writer/director Michael J. Bassett's cinematic take on the titular Robert E. Howard character makes for an enjoyable fantasy thriller featuring a strong lead in James Purefoy.
We do not have enough dark fantasy movies out there. I know they are a niche genre, but still!
Solomon Kane is based on one of the best character featured in short stories by the same creator of Conan the Barbarian. He is essentially Geralt of Rivia, only Christian. His arc in the movie is well structured and believable, the action is badass, the soundtrack is way too similar to the one of The Dark Knight, and the sets and practical effects are great (even though the final CGI monster looks God-awful).
Highly recommend watching it for its dark tone and cool action. I watched it countless times on my PSP when it came out, and it still holds up.…
- needs David Wenham character
- reccomend reading the plot first then watching the movie
Like all the other demon versus angelic movies, only this doesn't suck.
Good designs. Shit storytelling. PURITANISMO
This is a dour movie set in a very snowy, rainy, and muddy world. It's also a pulpy swords and sorcery tale. Assuming this is your kind of thing, then this will definitely tickle your fancy like it did mine. If it's not, then you won't find much worthwhile here.
Not the best movie ever, but I really quite liked it.
Strange supernatural tale that has the feel of something made in the late eighties. It's odd but not altogether in a good way.
The action scenes, direction, the score, it's all done with wonderful panache and James Purefoy looks great as the title hero, but there is only so much rolling around in medieval mud one can take before it all becomes monotonous and borderline tedious.
The always eminent Max von Sydow adds class to the product as Kane's father.
From the works of author Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, its Solomon Kane. Its a fantasy world of sword, sorcery, and blood. Sound like Conan, right? It pretty much is except, it features a Pilgrim cloaked in all black....
Its entertaining. Kane, after nearly being condemned by the devil, escapes, and travels on the path of righteousness and redemption.
There are some good scenes involving action and the supernatural that make "...Kane " worth a watch. Plus, the conflicting conscious he developed during his journey...
In the end, though, the movie becomes fairly predictable, and perhaps too derivative of the source work...
Its not bad, but I would probably only recommend it to fans of the author's work...
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…