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Solomon Kane [Blu-ray]
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Michael J. Bassett's direction is classic in style, employing plenty of stylish tracking shots and thankfully very few of the hand-held, jerky camera moves so deplorably common in contemporary action films. The film boasts surprisingly high production values with great sets, costumes, special effects, and, of course, many well-staged sword fights.
James Purefoy of "Rome" fame gives a haunting, powerful performance as the title character, and the supporting cast, which includes the great Max Von Sydow and a typically solid turn by Pete Postlethwaite, is excellent.''
If you consider the Rings films heroic fantasy rather than the more down and dirty Sword and Sorcery genre, the dark and haunting "Solomon Kane" may be the best S&S film ever made. Highly recommended.
This movie is a wonderful sword and sorcery story. It's not quite true to the Solomon Kane stories as written by Howard, but it's a very exciting and entertaining origin story for the Kane character. Purists may complain that it's not verbatim Howard, but it is well written. Presumably now that he has been given a back story, he can go forth in sequels vanquishing evil in true Howard fashion.
The film introduces Solomon Kane as a murderous privateer who one day discovers that his wicked past has caught up with him and the devil is ready to claim his soul. A near escape from the devil's own reaper is enough to set Kane on the path to righteousness. He forsakes his violent past to become a man of peace but, as they will do, circumstances conspire against him.
James Purefoy is marvelous, as always, in the Kane role. He is one of those rare actors who can deliver pages of exposition with a well timed facial expression. Max von Sydow and Pete Postlethwaite are excellent in their supporting roles. Rachel Hurd-Wood is luminous as the young Puritan girl whose rescue becomes Kane's mission.
As sword and sorcery should be, this film is quite dark...figuratively and literally. Dark magic, demons, ghouls, witches, bloodletting, murder, and torture are portrayed against a background of dark, dreary, icy winter days - not to mention the somber dress and sober speech of the Puritans - as Solomon Kane seeks redemption for his past transgressions.
This movie was originally premiered in 2009 and went into release in Europe in 2010.Read more ›
That question is at the heart of "Solomon Kane," a grimy, rainy story focused on a man who has done horrible things, and now desperately tries to redeem himself. But despite a lack of real setting, Michael J. Bassett's dark fantasy is a strangely compelling, haunting one, and James Purefoy's lean, desperate performance fits his character beautifully.
For many years, mercenary Solomon Kane (Purefoy) killed and stole without regard for anyone. But in one raid in Africa, he found the Devil's reaper waiting for him -- and only barely escaped. Terrified by the prospect of hell, Solomon devotes himself to peace and God at a monastery. And after the abbot sends him out into the world, Solomon befriends a family of Puritans, particularly the pure-hearted Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood).
But when the family is slaughtered and Meredith is kidnapped, Solomon throws aside his vow of nonviolence, believing that saving her from death will save his soul from hell's grip. So he sets out to rescue her from the evil sorcerer Malachai, his skin-masked swordsman, and his hordes of cursed soldiers - but he has little idea of what they're planning for him.
I honestly didn't expect to like "Solomon Kane" as much as I did -- most movies that try to combine action with theological/philosophical stuff fail miserably. But somehow it just clicks in this movie, especially since the main character truly believes himself to be destined for hell, but he tries to do the right thing anyway.
And Solomon's world is suitably bleak: a gritty, muddy, rain-soaked, grey-skied world, where witches and black-eyed soldiers wander around killing people.Read more ›
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predictable plot but manages to be ridiculous at the same time. poor acting.Published 21 hours ago by H2
A fun romp of choreographed, brutal fight scenes and a good setup for sequels after establishing the protagonist's background. Somewhat predictable but still enjoyable. Read morePublished 1 day ago by RMF