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While based on Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising, this movie is significantly different from the book: Will's age and family circumstances have been changed, the role of the Old Ones in Will's education about his powers is much diminished, the six signs are less religiously symbolic, and the treatment of the final battle between light and dark is markedly different. Nonetheless, The Seeker is a suspense-filled, action-packed 94-minutes brimming with great special effects comparable to The Bridge to Terabithia and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy that's immensely appealing to viewers ages 10 and older. --Tami Horiuchi
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Sigh. To get it made, Ms. Cooper signed away her rights to halt the massive, poorly concieved changes to this beloved novel. Not only was it 'updated' to appeal to tweens, substantial alterations added up to a movie no one really liked and were sad to see. Shame on Walden media for altering a classic in the name of marketing.
Read the book and act as if this film never existed. You'll feel better.
It is clear NO ONE associated with this film did anything more that read the book jacket of Cooper's wonderful book. Why do talentless film makers buy up great books only to change everything about them? The book works because the author knows how to tell a story.
This is truly an awful film. If you must see it, rent it, or buy it used. Don't give film makers who despise excellence in storytelling a single penny of your hard earned money. Instead, buy a copy of the book and read it out loud to your family on a winter's night. There's the magic.
Sadly, I was very disappointed.
Rather than following the life and excitement of these wonderful books, the director/producer/whoever took the cheap and easy road, creating a middle of the road, predictable story ... or worse. The "Old Ones" are one dimensional caricatures of Harry Potter characters, the seductive witch virtually ignores the entire feminist movement, and the storyline has needless updates with webcams and ipods.
Too bad, really. The young man who played Will had a fair level of screen presence ... he is a young man with potential.
What captured me initially about Ms. Cooper's wonderful stories was, similar to J.K. Rowling, her impression command of British mythology ... parts of the story that were sterilized out of the movie in order to create a story-line with a modern-day narcissistic plot (gee ... guess who is the final sign?!?)
Having said that, my 12-year-old really enjoyed the movie ... hopefully enough to get him to read the books.
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It was pretty mediocre. The television series was far better. I rented it for my seven year old granddaughter and watched it with her. It is probably fine if you are seven. Read morePublished 12 days ago by kosraedan
Ordered for a school library. Excellent book, story and transaction. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by msconee
I enjoyed watching a classic plot of good vs. evil but did not appreciate the lack of diversity in characters.Published 3 months ago by tns
A very well done movie I'd never heard of til I saw at a friend's house. Holds up very well.Published 4 months ago by Geoffery L. Williams
What a fun movie. Susan Cooper is a very good author and her books I would recommend reading. This is the first story in one of her series and the movie does it justice.Published 5 months ago by DR
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