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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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
A man is cursed, becomes a man of peace and of God but has to break that vow, even if it means losing his soul. At times I was watching this I was thinking this is a 5 star film. The lush atmosphere, fantastic cinematography, scene to scene was a visual feast to me as everything looked good and like pictures yet to be painted. Good direction for most of the film. The pacing felt brisk and I really liked all of the actors who looked the parts and acted well. So what went wrong? Could have used stronger story telling at times. The fourth act is the main problem, it slowed the pacing down, became more clichéd and seemed to go more big summer action flick with CGI creature. Still I liked the very ending and would definitely watch sequels.
Romping along at a good ol' pace and bolstered by some solid performances, Solomon Kane is good, solid fun.
Ultimately let down by some late in the day CGI beasties (which have a lack of finesse which betrays the films low budget origins) and slightly glossed over story beats, there's still a lot to like here.
A violent mercenary fighting Spaniards in Africa for Queen Elizabeth I finds out his soul is bound for hell and barely escapes his sentence. Vowing a life of peace, Solomon Kane sticks to his path of redemption... that is until a brutal slaying of a family and the kidnapping of a young woman before his eyes has him back on the path of vengeance against the powerful sorcerer, Malachi. This movie is okay I mean it is not as bad as people say it is.
"If I kill you, I am bound for hell. It is a price I shall gladly pay."
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