Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Season of the Witch

Two Teutonic Knights (Nicolas CageRon Perlman) who have grown weary of killing innocents and become deserters of the Crusades are given the chance to redeem themselves by transporting an accused witch (Claire Foy) to a far away monastery. The accused is charged with spreading the Black Death across the world.

Along for the ride are a priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), a knight (Ulrich Thomsen), an altar boy (Robert Sheehan) and a swindler (Stephen Graham) as their guide.

There are good Nic Cage films, silly but passable ones, and plenty of gawdawful crap. Season of the Witch fits in the last category. The nature of the witch is given away far too soon, and the twist of the true nature of her evil will seems nothing more than a forced attempt to raise the stakes of a film you've given up on long before its climax.

Once the remaining members of the band reach their destination the film devolves into poor CGI action nonsense that makes films like Van Helsing look good. The Cage/Perlmman relationship has a couple of nice moments (even if they are forced into some wretched dialogue), but nothing could save this sinking ship - even Hellboy. Even those who enjoy bad Nic Cage movies should give this one a pass.

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