BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Seventh Son Reviews
By Dr. Know on February 6th, 2015
Critic Reviews for The Seventh Son
Nothing in this film is fully developed, which explains the script problems.
The battle scenes are mercifully short — thank you to director Sergey Bodrov — which results in a brisk outing at an hour and forty-two minutes.
No masterpiece, but a welcome February surprise with a lively cast and rugged action.
Not a cinematic abomination but clearly nothing good let alone great. (Full Content Review — Sex, Profanity, Violence, etc. — for Parents also available)
One doesn’t want to damn the movie with faint praise by saying “it’s not that bad,” but that’s kind of the most objectively accurate description of it, in all honesty.
Obviously, this is not a particularly serious movie — there’s one scene of happy villagers leading a witch off to execution that feels remarkably like a “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” outtake — but neither is it sloppy.
“Seventh Son” delivers exactly what it promises: Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore slumming in a laughably generic sword-and-sorcery almost-epic.
Even in 3-D and shot in the mountains of British Columbia, the film is a flat experience, with an incongruity between its big-budget ambitions and ho-hum impact.
Even on paper, the latest February throwaway, “Seventh Son,” sounds like a bad idea …
Seventh Son may try to harness alchemy and witchcraft, but sadly, there’s no magic here.
Perhaps it’s not so much a matter that Bridges is out of place in the material as it is that the material and the rest of the cast have no idea how to keep up with him.
It’s not as bad as you might fear but it’s definitely not as good as you would hope.
The movie’s imagination runs riot in the scenery, sets, and costumes in what is an otherwise routine centuries-long feud between good and evil with paper-thin motivations.
Checks off the boxes of Swords-and-Sorcery Moviemaking 101 without bothering to dig deeper or come up with a new or imaginative angle to explore.
The fight scenes are exciting, the visuals and special effects are impressive, and it is fun to see two big actors take on these scenery-chomping roles.