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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…
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.
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.
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…
Awesome fantasy flick with a great star in James Purefoy. Has some really cool sequences. My favorite involving an old church with a basement full of the undead. Theres some dodgy cgi here and there but overall its a really entertaining flick.
Robert E. Howard's ideas and fantasy setting were altogether interesting, but writer/director Michael J. Bassett never seemed to know exactly what to do with any of it. I wanted to like Solomon Kane. At times, I did. Regrettably, there just wasn't enough there to keep me hooked.
I love me some dark dirty fantasy. Solomon Kane would have benefited from a heavy wizard metal soundtrack. It's not always interesting but there are a lot of great action sequences. I thought it was a great world and had lots of interesting settings. The dialogue and acting was pretty weak, but I forgive that because I love watching swords taking off heads. Blood splatter on the camera, so realistic.
"If I kill you, I am bound for hell. It is a price I shall gladly pay."
James Purefoy is Solomon Kane in this excellent dark adventure flick with great sword fights and effects.
Fucking awesome, even though I probably could find a complaint if I was dire enough.
A swords and sorcery film, basic in structure and characterisation, it's so plain but something about it's simplicity makes it enjoyable in some way. The story is one of redemption and it's kind of funny that a story of redemption occurs through violent action that spurned the pacifism and redemption in the first place. Overall, the action sequences are not spectacular, the characters are ho-hum, and the story is well paced and overall adequate, it's just a middling, mildly entertaining movie, in a genre that doesn't have enough good films, or even films period.
Demons, witches, swordplay, Satan and beautifully rendered CGI whoozywhatsis throughout. I enjoyed this one much more than expected. Certainly better than the shitty CONAN redo from a few years ago.
I remember hearing about this movie when it was released, but it never made it to the theater around here and I don't remember seeing disks for it either.
I'm not too familiar with the character other than the name and the creator, but it looked fascinating.
the movie ended up being surprisingly good. It won't win any awards for directing, acting or music, but the costumes, special effects, world and cinematography were pretty good and definitely fit the character and the story.
it kinda reminds me of brotherhood of the wolf from back in the day. I'd watch a sequel for this, but I guess I'll have to just read the books instead.
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