All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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.
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…
It has some problems. The CGI is occasionally wonky. There's a bit too much score (the score isn't bad, but sometimes less is more when it comes to music in film). And the dialog has a few clunky lines. But, "Solomon Kane" is a pretty good historical fantasy adventure movie and a surprisingly good cinematic introduction to one of Robert E. Howard's lesser known characters. James Purefoy does a good job as the taciturn, occasionally brooding, somewhat puritanical...Puritan. This is an origin story, something that I don't think Howard ever wrote (correct me if I'm wrong on that one), but it's not too bad as far as origin stories go. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this never got a theatrical release…
An admirably straight-faced fantasy-action flick featuring one of R.E. Howard's most beloved characters.
While not perfect and prone to cliches at times this movie still avoids the usual tropes of comedic sidekicks and pointless love interests.
It's a shame a sequel is highly unlikely, since Bassett envisioned this as a trilogy. But then, doesn't everyone these days?
Entertaining, if fairly rote, dark fantasy smackdown. I will say that that the direction of the action scenes was well done. Kane never just annihilated his foes. There was substantive stakes involved, and a certain style in the direction of these scenes.
Compared to movies made by the US this was refreshing, but only this good.
Good acting, good costume design, great film.
I expected stinky cheese from Solomon Kane, but the movie did not meet that expectation. It exceeded it rather well. At the heart of the film is a good story, and that's what elevated it above similarly-themed shlock.
This gory, violent fantasy is quite a lot of fun, thanks in no small part by the restraint shown in action scenes. The brutality and bloodshed play their role in this tale of a murderous sea captain seeking redemption. Under another director, with another writer, this might have gone completely overboard with lengthy and boring battle scenes. But here, a modicum of moderation keeps the insanity in check.
Kane deals with witches and various creatures from Hell with his mastery of the…
Zwar eigentlich in der Story vorhersehbar und mit Implausibilitäten, aber dafür eine stilsichere düstere Fantasy-/Mittelalter-Welt gezeichnet mit hoher Immersion und sympathischem Protagonisten. Der Film könnte intensiver und schneller sein, aber durch das gelungene Ambiente für Fans dennoch sehenswert.
In North Africa in the year of our lord 1600 the soul of the ruthless man Solomon Kane is condemned to dwell in hell. He manage to escape evil and changes his wicked ways but the forces of darkness won't let Solomon Kane be...
"The devil is waiting for you Kane."
Robert E. Howard created more than "just" Conan, he also created Solomon Kane. British director Michael J. Bassett's third film (after his two first features, the great Deathwatch and Wilderness) is not psychological horror or survival horror but a tale of sorcery, witchcraft, good, evil, plague, darkness, ...and redemption.
Solomon Kane begins with a bang and the first ten minutes are great! The remaining 90 minutes has it's moments…
A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell, but when a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Visually stark and bleak fantasy drama within a medieval setting, but marred by pseudo-Christian ideology.
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