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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…
I really have to stop blind buying films.
This film really took me back to my history lessons at school. Who can forget those dark days when the West Country was taken over by Satan's minions? It was a dark time for Britain, that's for sure. Luckily, most everybody is vulnerable to getting shot in the face, otherwise we'd still be slaving away for the devil. Would we even have Cheddar cheese without Solomon Kane? Who knows?
At the end they sort of tried to set it up for a sequel but it seems like everyone probably just said "nope, thank you" and that was that.
Okay, this movie was actually more entertaining than I thought it'd be. Decent acting, an okay script, surprisingly alright special effects. It's very Van Helsing-esque, only without Hugh Jackman and his stupid, floppy hat.
...It probably helped that I approached this movie with very low expectations.
Been a fan of the book stories for years. Wanted to see the movie for the last 5 years but was it was very hard to find. I did enjoy this take on the character of Solomon Kane.
In some ways it has a very back to basics feel in fantasy. Characters pop in and out without much depth but I was very impressed with this. As well as the superb cinematography.
It started to fade from memory almost as soon as it was over, but during the running time it was a perfectly serviceable fantasy epic. "Sword and sorcery" is as close as I can get to describe the genre, and if you're in the mood for that sort of movie, "Kane" should entertain.
The opening scene was a little cheesy, and the ending features the now obligatory giant CGI monster, but everything in between was quite well done and entertaining. Some of the action scenes had a few jittery edits, probably primarily for ratings reasons because the rest of the film is very well edited and paced. Good production value all the way around, except there's a scene late in the film when an old man gives some very important backstory that really should have been illustrated with some flashback scenes instead of delivered as only exposition.
All things considered, it was an entertaining film that was worth a watch.
This film starts with some questionable CGI and green screen effects, then becomes a journey through a dark mysterious fantasy world full of random elements and mud and ends with a disappointing climax.
It is obvious how hard they tried to make this a film worth your time. They thought of a lot of interesting elements and tried to include them in this otherwise very shallow story. The screenwriting wouldn't win any awards either.
Certainly some things are nicely done, some shots are cool and some ideas are neat but all in all to me this was just not good enough. If you really are into dark fantasy then I recommend it and you probably will enjoy it more than I did, but for me this leaves something to be desired.
I give it a very weak 3/5 rating.
Old-fashioned but humorless throwback to the sword-and-sorcery epics of the 1980s.
Diverting enough, but destined for the same 'hangover viewing' shitheap as Van Helsing and Underworld. Nice and nasty in places but the script is awful and it has one of the worst end of level baddies ever.
james purefoy uncrucifies himself so maybe this should be 5 stars?
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