Seventh Son

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5.51 h 42 min2015X-RayPG-13
HD. Supernatural knight Jeff Bridges must hunt down his nemesis--a powerful witch--with help from his new apprentice in this action/fantasy.
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Sergei Bodrov
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Jeff BridgesBen BarnesAlicia Vikander
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Science FictionFantasyAdventureAction
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Kit HaringtonOlivia WilliamsAntje TraueDjimon HounsouJulianne Moore
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Basil IwanykThomas TullLionel Wigram
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Universal Pictures
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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A. B.Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Hilariously bad, so I'll add a star back in.
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First off, Jeff Bridges' accent in this film. Unavoidable. Hits you like a truck. He sounds like he's perpetually doing the voice that everyone is familiar with, where you pretend to be a fancy British scholar to make fun of someone for saying something obnoxious. Only he does the more overwrought version, and he does it for hours without missing a beat, also after stuffing a jar of peanut butter into his mouth, all while trying to see how long he can smirk his face up over his teeth. It's a truly jarring character. It was psychologically upsetting to experience. It's hard to explain - he ACTS well, just the character he is acting--either through his own choice or the devices of some deranged director--is unpleasant to listen to or look at.

That aside, the script here is a complete train wreck. I am convinced it was an experiment by a neuropsychology lab to divine what happens when you take someone writing a script and slowly give them a lobotomy over the course of a month to study the effect on their writing. It begins poorly, and gets worse from there. I will attempt to avoid any spoilers by referencing characters obliquely and not giving narrative conclusions. I also don't discuss the ending. If you've ever read The Witcher, it ends the way every single story involving Geralt and Yennefer ends (i.e. no resolution, although there it was a well-written plot device, here it's nothing), so you're not missing much. Below is really just a catalog of bizarre and absurd moments in the story that defy explanation as the conscious choices of a professional scriptwriter.

We open with the main character being able to throw a knife with dart-like accuracy about a hundred feet where it embeds itself solidly into a tree inches away from a deer. Apparently, based on his sister's taunts, he can't ever hit an animal. This makes no sense, and I was expecting some signal that his misses were intentional. But no, he has supernatural knife skills but the accuracy of a stormtrooper. Later on, he loses this ability to throw knives during training and is just bad even at 10 feet. This is never explained.

At some point, Jeff Bridges calls a creature a "level six monster." This is never referenced again for the entire film. Not once. This is a throwaway line that is perhaps intended to give his character the air of an experienced monster hunter, but is wildly jarring and has no context given to it ever again.

At another point, after we watch a woman summon a scorpion bone spine tail from her dress and kill one of what we have been informed are supposedly master assassins, for absolutely no reason but a perceived social slight of "looking at her," despite the fact that she literally summoned them there to take orders from her (also they don't have any visible eyes, so this is also inexplicable), one character finally has to speak up. She takes her mother aside, and after watching a woman plunge a scorpion tale of spinal vertebrae through a man's thorax, says "she's dangerous, mother." Thanks, Einstein.

At another point, the main character asks a woman if she is a witch. She scoffs, and answers, "My FATHER is a gypsy, my MOTHER is a witch. So I'm a witch," as if that is not how being a witch works in pretty much all lore on planet Earth, and is some sort of crazy answer. She then tells him minute details about private interactions he has with Jeff Bridges' character in private inside their own home, and his response is a genuine question: "Have you been spying on us?" Incredible. Amazing dialogue.

At another point, bells ring in the distance, and Jeff Bridges announces "I AM BEING SUMMONED!" Without any significant cut, a crowd of people immediately appears in his camp on horseback. Great timing by the bellringers to act as a remote doorbell.

At this point, about halfway through the movie, you realize the scriptwriters have managed to give no emotional depth to the characters. The stories they have sound like an outline of an actual story. Like if a character was out to avenge his parents, and just said "My parents were killed by an evil person, and now I want to avenge them." No emotion woven into anything, just these paper-thin motivations that are straight up served to you without any interface with the audience.

We also find out the supposedly sad story of how the villain became a villain, but mostly makes it seem like another guy was a kind of sociopath to her, she overreacted, and then he buried her underground to be in a cage forever and seems completely confused as to how she became "evil."

We are then introduced to the entire world's most powerful magical artifact, which the main character just takes out of his pocket. He's just had it, the whole time. I thought I had missed it, so I literally skipped back and panned through the movie. I did not. He just had it on a rope. This was never mentioned until this point, or hinted at.

At another point, a horse turns into what appears to be a T-Rex. Later on in the movie, the character riding the horse turns into a T-Rex. This is never explained.

We see a character fly around killing a bunch of people with two swords. We assume, reasonably, this is the "Master of Swords," who has been referenced. It is not. The Master of Swords appears and uses four (4) swords to kill one (1) person.

A character who is supposedly a dark master assassin stands directly in front of people and beats them to death in broad daylight. This seems like bad form for an assassin, but you know, it works. This character is killed when a witch slowly (and I mean, literally almost TEN SECONDS of screen time is spent on it) levitates a pitchfork up to face him. He stands there motionless laughing. The pitchfork moves towards him quickly, but from a distance. He stands there. It connects with him, at which point he seems completely shocked that the pitchfork moving towards him did not teleport off in another direction and indeed hit the person it was traveling towards. He explodes. Reminder: master assassin.

At some point, the witch's soldiers gain the ability to fly through the forest (and be immediately killed). This is not explained at any point. They could not do this previously. They've been working out.

Jeff Bridges has a troll(?) assistant, who is person-sized. He seems to have little trouble just pushing down these dark assassin soldiers who have brutally killed pretty much everyone who isn't a main character.

In another scene, the dark soldiers pick up an entire tree trunk, in the middle of intense combat, and begin a long run towards Jeff Bridges. He does not move. At the last second, he steps aside, and his assistant troll dude gets absolutely BODIED off the cliff by this tree. Jeff Bridges' character seems kind of like an awful guy. The main character also falls off this cliff. It's at least a 10-20 story drop, and I estimate that because it's about 10 stories and then some fog, after which more falling happens. The main character lands on stone. He is fine. So is the troll. Everyone is indestructible.

At this point, because it's convenient, you notice that pretty much any time a witch is stabbed, they immediately die forever in an explosion of fire. This feels a bit like Daybreakers. It is not explained why witches actually need to be super careful or they could explode at any time.

At another point, a very powerful old witch turns into a T-Rex (see horse scene previously). Jeff Bridges asks him to not be a dragon. He un-dragons himself. Jeff Bridges kills him and says he shouldn't have not been a dragon.

Amazing.

Having read these books and also The Witcher, I will tell you that there is an obscenely parallel narrative, particularly in the film, to basically the entire concept of The Witcher. This was not really the case in the books - it was similar in the sense of a monster hunter series with magic and witches, and to be frank, was closer than you could call "accidental," but it stayed far enough away. The movie seems to have done away with this disparity, and basically drawn a ton of narrative parallels around choice in love and "destiny" and whether or not the main character can bring himself to kill "bad things" over and over again. This is, as those of you who have read Sapkowski's novels will note, basically the central moral dilemma of The Witcher. I'm not saying you can't do the same story twice, but please do a better job of doing it if you're going to bother.

If you have made it this far, thank you for reading my review and if you're still inclined, stream away. It's what I'd call a "good bad movie," particularly if you have company to laugh with.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Popcorn flick, little to no depth/character development, but fun for the special effects
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Here's the thing: Seventh Son is based off a book (which I have not read, so, there's going to be something more for those who want to see their book characters played by Jeff Bridges) and it was a long time coming. When I saw the first teaser trailer several years ago my immediate assumption was "oh wow, they're making a movie of The Witcher!". Nope. Something called Seventh Son...Hmm...After reading up on the book a bit though, and making a few guesses from the trailer, I decided "OK well, it's not The Witcher, but it might be the closest we get to a Hollywood-released film LIKE The Witcher. That is, an old monster-hunter, one of the last in a line of a noble profession now all but extinct, must train up a new 'nobody' apprentice to help him battle a resurgent Ancient Evil that nobody believes in and, presumably, take his place once ole' Ger...er, Jeff Bridges is ready to head on to retirement. Honestly, with so few Hollywood fantasy movies based on non big-hit book series, I was thinking this could be a pretty good setup. Good plot concept, some nice lines in the trailer, 2015 special effects, etc...

Sadly the actors' abilities and the scriptwriter's poor choice of lines for those abilities made me feel like rather than watching the aforementioned plot setup in a fantasy universe, I was watching some sort of strange allegory for the actors themselves. IE, here's poor Jeff Bridges, a great actor, trying desperately to bring up his young 'nobody' protege in a world where nobody believe in making fantasy movies...wait...but we do.

And thaaaaat's why this movie only gets 3 stars in my opinion. For a 2-hour, high-budget fantasy movie made by Hollywood, a translation of a book, a mix of new and old actors, and being a (currently) standalone film, this movie works alright. It's not the most amazing film ever, but it has some nice special effects, some nice unique monsters, and a decent plot basis. Unfortunately, those things alone are not enough to make a great movie in this day and age. This can't hold a candle to epics like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and so on. It has none of the moral depth, none of the character development, and none of the WEIGHT of those films. So, it's a popcorn flick. OK. Sometimes that's nice for a one-off action film.

Unfortunately, it's not even that, really. It struck me as I was walking out of the theater that the movie felt incredibly short. Besides the fact that I never really 'lost' myself in the movie, I realized I kept getting distracted. The movie wasn't interesting or deep enough to keep me from watching the guy checking the soccer game on his phone a few rows in front of me. That was more interesting. Sad. But why was I not interested, or why did it feel short and non-engaging? Mainly because of terrible, terrible pacing. Not long before I'd watched Dracula Untold. Like Seventh Son, DU had a few well-known actors and a few lesser known ones, was a stand-alone, was a movie translation of another story, and was a one-off action movie. But for all that, I forgot myself while watching Dracula Untold. I forgot I was in a theater, I cared about the characters, I chuckled a few times, etc. When it ended I looked at my watch and let out a deep breath, thinking "OK, time to return to the real world". It didn't FEEL like 2 hours. This movie did. The dialogue falls flat. The character development is nonexistent. The villain is...a villain? Besides SAYING so we don't really understand why she's so terribly evil (I mean compared to this random knight dude who says he's the hero...) until the end.

A scene that perfectly encapsulated my feeling of this movie:
Jeff Bridges' character (I can't even care enough to remember the name, haha) shows up at the protege's house. His mom seems to know Jeff. No idea why. Still didn't at the end of the film. It's that kind of "hmm, maybe if I'd read the book I'd catch the deep subtext hinted at here, but I have NO idea what's going on" kind of feeling. So after a few moments of glaring/making eyes at each other oddly, Jeff gets down to business and asks for the kid to come with him. He's the seventh son etc etc. So this son dude just shrugs and goes "yeah OK. I'll go." No emotion. His mom seems more perturbed...hmm, maybe she's going to hold him back, tell him how it's dangerous, etc...? Nope. Calls him out to the backyard to hand him some sort of talisman and delivers the one terrible line in the trailer that should have tipped me off. "Be wise, be careful..." Then sighs.
Does anyone actually say that like that? Maybe I should read the book. But, in this film that kind of line was sadly common...
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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Good movie for the rental fee.
K.D. LaneReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Digital "expired". Unable to redeem
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Enjoyable action movie. Arrived without any damage. My only niggles is that the digital HD code is expired.
Leo HottReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great sword & Sorcery action adventure!!!!
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WOW!!! I don't know how I missed this one when it came out but I am glad I was able to find it on Amazon.com & add it to my collection. I saw one review calling this a B-rate movie...Not at all!!! Plenty of big named stars preforming well & the special effects are top notch! I saw another review claiming Jeff Bridges was hard to understand, and it is true that he adopts a bit of a speech impediment . He may have done this to help him pull off a English accent. It works well for his battle hardened character, I had a friend who after breaking his jaw sounded very much like Jeff Bridges character in this movie. Julianne Moore does a fine job as the evil "Mother of all Witches" And this is certainly not Ben Barnes first foray into the Sword & Sorcery genre. The other creatures & Warlocks are recognizable from other films & I love the way the witches & warlocks have alternate creatures they can turn into this is a nice touch & really raises the bar when it comes down to the battle scenes! I don't want to give away spoilers so I will just say there's a lot more going on than just good against evil in this movie. Now I am 50 years old & I tend to be generous when rating movies even if they are lower budget movies, I figure if they entertain me on said given budget I rate them high. But I didn't notice a lack of budget in either the actors hired or the special effects but just to make sure I asked my 19 year old daughter & she agreed this is far from B-rate material. If you are a fan of the Sword & Sorcery genre I don't think you will regret adding this one to your collection. This movie is action packed and fast paced with a touch of humor to keep it from being to dark. basically its fun for the whole family but might be a bit to creepy for little children. While the movie is fast paced it still manages enough character development to endear the characters to the viewer & the characters are complex enough to hold your interest.
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James Russell BaileyReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb Sword and Sorcery Flick
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A wonderful remembrance of what S&S movies USED to be about, and done with great aplomb!

Acting skills by ALL cast members enhanced this movie to several levels above what it might have been without such talents! Good writing that maintained continuity and coherence, though in a couple spots was weaker than I might have expected, given the excellent strength for the majority of the film.

Great CGI, and happily it did NOT detract from the actors' talents, nor from the story telling!

Far too often, writers, directors, and certainly 'producers', allow their reliance on CGI to hold sway and it NEVER turns out well for the audience! This film INCORPORATED CGI into the story telling, rather than letting it try and bolster poor story telling!

Those who poo-pooed the film are nothing more than a bunch of whiny naysayers, who have little to NO understanding of film history for this genre, and thus, have no legitimate context with which to judge the film! The lackluster crowd of poo-pooers need to do some research, hard work, and start with the 7 Voyages of Sinbad, one of the classic 'claymation' movies of yesteryear, Hunthausen specials are a must as Ray provided to us a wealth of wonder LONG before 'CGI' was even a glint in the GUI wunderkinder!

Bridges was excellent as the highly talented Curmudgeon/Knight, and was at the core of the magical splendor!

I would love to see a sequel to this film, as the story telling was that excellent.

It must be said that for all those who gave this film less than 3 stars, you no doubt have picked your brains on too much weed, pills, and Red Bull! Take a long hike on a short pier, preferably wearing 20 pound galoshes on each hoof!
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Jeffery S AbhsieReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
it was item as described in sealed package.
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Barry MemoryReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good movie
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I read a lot of critical reviews for this movie and went into to it with the wrong expectations. I am ashamed of myself for that. I do not like nor trust critics and let myself be influenced by them. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

With that said I have to admit that I liked this movie. That is saying a lot. I am not a great fan of Jeff Bridges and when he first appeared, larger than life and with a mouthful of marbles, it did not help me to like the movie. However, his character grew on me and, while I still am not one of Jeff Bridges greatest fans, I started accepting him in this role. He turned out to be a lot better than I expected and I like it when that happens.

Julian Moore never fails to amaze me. I can't say that she was out of her element because she plays so many different characters (and plays them well) that it is hard for me to say what her element is. I gain more respect for her every time I see her in another role. She was pretty good in this one too. She didn't overplay the wicked witch angle and that would have been very easy for her to do.

I always feel that romance doesn't belong in the Fantasy genre. The romance in this movie was not overpowering and I really appreciated that.

Overall, I finished this movie entertained and with a good feeling. Isn't that what a Fantasy movie is supposed to do?
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