Seventh Son Review

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By: Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)



Swords and sorcery have the ability to excite the inner child in us. It brings back times of playing with toys or outside with friends, pretending you were knights or warriors on adventures. Or maybe it brings back stories of King Arthur or thoughts of the Lord of the Rings. Either way, it brings some form of excitement. The same could be said about the latest film from Sergei Bodrov, Seventh Son, which takes us back to a time of swords, sorcery and witches.

Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), also known as The Spook, is a man of some legend. He’s a witch hunter with the goal of exterminating all witches. And he has his sights set on Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), the head of all witches who has a goal of turning the world dark and controlling it with her iron fist. But Gregory has other plans, and he needs the seventh son of a seventh son. Only this person can defeat witches and save the world. But Gregory’s track record isn’t great with the last seventh son, Billy Bradley (Kit Harrington) meeting his demise at the hands of Malkin. He does find a new potential in Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), and takes him under his tutelage. Will Master Gregory be able to train Tom before the battle arises or will Tom share the same fate of so many other seventh sons?

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Seventh Son was originally set to be released back in October of 2013, then was pushed to January of 2014. It is now February of 2015 and the film is finally being released. When a film is pushed back that much, it usually isn’t a very good omen. Seventh Son is your garden variety action adventure with a thin skeleton of a story to support the numerous special effects and accents being delivered. Malkin wants to bring destruction to the world because Gregory dumped her for his wife back in the day. She obviously takes the ‘woman scorned’ thing to the extreme. Ward finds a love interest in Alice (Alicia Vikander), who happens to be a witch, giving us a love story and showing that, even though two sides may be against each other, love can still flourish a la Romeo and Juliet. As for the action, the CGI isn’t amazing, almost laughable at times/ Wait until you see Djimon Hounsou’s character… yeah, he’s in the film… did I mention that? It’s minimal. As for the action sequences, they leave much to be desired.

Jeff Bridges is a wonderful actor, as we’ve seen with other films such as True Grit and Crazy Heart, but his last three films have been flops and this one will, most likely, be another. He and Johnny Depp must be collaborating as of late on bad roles to take. Not to say Bridges is bad in the film, as he does have a few good one liners and shows some depth of character at moments, but the script, itself, is lacking. Julianne Moore is more or less wasted in this role, giving her a cookie cutter character who really doesn’t come across as three dimensional. Ben Barnes has the most substance, as the mantle is being passed to him and Barnes takes us through leaving a comfortable, non-threatening life with his family and being thrown into a world of danger and death. Plus the beginnings of a first love blossoming is nice to watch with Alicia Vikander’s character. However, the characters, overall, are flat, which doesn’t help a story that is minimal to start with and effects that aren’t at the level of quality we, as audiences, come to demand in today’s era of cinema.

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Seventh Son could have been much better, and you’d think a film being pushed back over a year would have made the necessary changes, especially after test screenings. Maybe they were hoping a fantasy, sword and sorcery film with a love story would pull in the Valentine’s crowd by releasing it in February? Star power alone isn’t going to save this film, nor is the knowledge that Kit Harrington is in it. Briefly in it, in case any of you were going to rush out and see it for that reason alone. The film is entertaining in its own right, it does have a dragon, but it’s far from good.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


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