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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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If you are a fan of young adult quest stories, then I think you will enjoy this movie. I suspect the book may be more in depth than the movie, and I'm interested enough to find... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura
You will notice a preponderance of one line five star review for this horrible, horrible movie. The book on which it was based is a wonderful coming of age children's fantasy and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Wise
A little slow arriving, but got here before the deadline. And my son has already watched it twice. Thanks!Published 4 months ago by Justin Christiansen
Great movie, I love the fantasy genre of films and this fit right in there. To often everything is adult based, it is about time they did some kid based films, for the youngsters... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DustyD13
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