Monday, July 6, 2015

#JustaQuickiePlease: Seventh Son Review

An unknown director tries his hand at a big budget fantasy and fails, seems like a running trend in Hollyweird anymore.  While we are on the subject, here's another puzzling and disturbing trend; trying to make a good vs. evil flick where the characters are so much of both, the whole purpose and conflict gets lost in translation.  Okay, now that we have covered that, the effects are decent but the cinematography is so rapid and clunky you miss out on a lot of it.   And the concept ain't half bad; slightly original, but it is so poorly executed and acted that any hint of uniqueness or hope of engagement is totally lost.   As for the cast, for starters, Bridges is simply awful.  He tries to be a dark, surly, scorned warrior, but it ends up looking like a bad copy of something Harrison Ford would have been typecast in but readily turned down.  Add in, Harington whose performance is so lackluster his character should have been called the Sominex Son.  His love interest, Vikander fares no better.  Moore is the only bright spot in this medieval mess, playing her version of an edgier and more evil Jolie in Maleficent.  But it is not bright enough to shine any redeeming light on the remaining ensemble or overall story, however.   0 out of 5 Kernels: hopefully cinematic birth control is introduced to this potential franchise to avoid the conception of any further sequel siblings.

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