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★★☆☆☆ Fantasy epic Seventh Son (2014) had potential to be a somewhat unique film in a genre abundant with echoing plot arcs and medieval-like worlds, but the amalgamation of different cinematic influences director Sergey Bodrov used to illustrate his story is overwhelmingly distracting. Exhaustingly exuberant acting from almost the entire cast, poorly written dialogue, and cheesy comical CGI effects all add to the feeling of seemingly never ending torture the film subjects its audience to. Although the film tries to follow the young adult heartthrob hero Tom Ward (Ben Barnes, perhaps best known for his role as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia), it's hard to pull away from Jeff Bridges fantastic Master Gregory.
- CineVue UK
Who doesn't adore Julianne Moore?
Especially in Still Alice, the film for which bookmakers are betting she'll take home the Best Actress Oscar, Moore's portrayal of a linguistics professor battling early onset Alzheimer's is letter perfect. Myself having a sibling now encased in a memory care facility in Florida after being ravaged by the same affliction, every step of Alice's deterioration is recognizable: the random loss of memories, the awareness she's losing her identity, the outbursts of anger, the inability to control bodily functions, and the short-lived moments when the person you have always loved reemerges out of a fog of despair.
Sadly, Moore's performance and that of her peers in Seventh Son capture a forgetfulness, too, although not one symptomatic of an infirmity, but one characteristic of creative bankruptcy. By the time this adaptation of Joseph Delaney's bestselling young-adult classic, The Spook's Apprentice, ends and you've emptied your bladder in your mall's stall, »
- Brandon Judell
Chicago – I can’t decide which is worse: the “fake deep talk” from Jeff Bridges in “Seventh Son” or the “angry whisper talk” from Eddie Redmayne in “Jupiter Ascending,” which also opened on Friday. Both speech impediments are ugly fish out of water, both films are getting punished by critics and both are underperforming at domestic box offices.
Ironically, both movies have also also been quite delayed and now we see why. “Jupiter Ascending” opened two days ago after initially being slated to open in July 2014. That film’s push back was justified to finish its extensive special effects, which “The Matrix” creators did without remembering to fix its laughable acting and weak story.
Also knowing it was in trouble, “Seventh Son” was originally supposed to open way back in Feb. 2013, but the film was pushed back once and then a second time to Feb. 2015. It even changed distribution »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Seventeen years after working together on The Big Lebowski, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges reunite in the fantasy adventure tale, Seventh Son along with Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia). The Academy Award winner (Bridges), four-time Oscar nominee (Moore) and Barnes talk about the movie, working together once again and for Ben, looking at both actors as mentors on the set.
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Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures released their new action/fantasy film, "Seventh Son" into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews. And it turns out that it didn't quit hit the mark with most of them as it only was able to muster up an overall 30 score out of a possible 100 across 25 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Antje Traue, Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. We've supplied blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Glenn Kenny from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 score, stating: "Surprise! 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." Thomas Lee from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 score, »
- Andre Braddox
Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is quickly falling in box office estimates to a skimpy $18 million opening. With a budget of $175 million, the Wachowskis’ sci-fi tentpole could lose tens of millions barring a dramatic turnaround overseas.
The forecast for Universal and Legendary’s long-delayed “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges, isn’t much brighter. The medieval fantasy tentpole has a projected loss of $85 million, as Variety exclusively reported this week, despite earning $82 million at the international box office. It’s on track for only $6.6 million in its U.S. debut.
Neither of the B.O. casualties are a shock — both pics were long-delayed due to poor tracking, and Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie, »
- Variety Staff
Ben Barnes is the title character in this month's Seventh Son, and we have an exclusive interview with the actor about his latest project. Watch as he answers our questions, like what it was like to be in the film that reunited The Big Lebowski's Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges, and why he likes making films in the fantasy genre. Post by PopSugar. »
Sometimes, you know with one shot, one line, one choice. With "Seventh Son," it happened for me the moment Jeff Bridges opened his mouth. He's made a choice here that takes him further down that Rooster Cogburny RIPDy road with that gravel voice mush mouth thing, and it's genuinely ill-advised. It is embarrassing. It's like someone's grandfather wandered onto the set, and no one has the heart to tell him he's not in the movie. He is Grandalf. And it does not work. Now, if everything else about "Seventh Son" was exemplary, there's a chance it wouldn't matter, or there's a chance it might make the Bridges performance somehow work better in context. But this is tone-deaf train crash from start to finish, cast poorly, shot in a way that might as well include title cards reading "Meanwhile, On A Soundstage" at the start of some scenes, and packed with »
- Drew McWeeny
Seventh Son, 2015.
Directed by Sergey Bodrov.
Young Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.
Seventh Son is so bad I don’t even know where to begin. Picture every cliché of high fantasy narratives centered on witches and monster slayers, and toss in some of the most atrocious special effects of modern-day cinema along with high profile actors phoning in such awful performances that it’s clear the only reason they are in the movie in the first place is to cash a paycheck.
Based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice, Seventh Son does indeed follow a Spook (fancy term for dude who hunts monsters) seeking a replacement, »
- Robert Kojder
"Seventh Son" is a new fantasy adventure film that hopes to be a new "Lord of the Rings" but unfortunately is more like a less successful "Eragon". It is a big budget, effects filled movie populated by talented actors, such as Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, but even they can't save the second rate material they are working with.
In "Seventh Son", Bridges plays Master Gregory whose job it is to fight witches and other dark creatures, protecting the land as the last of a dying breed of knights called Spooks. His apprentice is killed by the powerful witch Mother Malkin, played by Moore, so he must find a new one. That is where Ben Barnes' character Tom Ward comes into play. He is the seventh son of a seventh son, and thus destined to be a strong and talented spook's apprentice. He joins up with Bridges' Gregory to »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
Merlin himself couldn’t fend off an assault like this. “Seventh Son,” the new fantasy thriller set to open this weekend, is taking a critical beating. Set in a world of magic and mysticism, the film follows a “spook” named Gregory (Jeff Bridges) who protects his country from evil. But as Gregory ages and the evil Mother Malkin (2014 Oscar nominee Julianne Moore) resurfaces, Gregory must train young Tom (Ben Barnes) to fight all the things that go bump in the night. Too bad he didn’t train Tom on how to enchant critics. TheWrap‘s James Rocchi writes, “I know »
- Joe Otterson
Jeff Bridges, psychic medium. Ask the Oscar-winning actor a relatively straightforward question and you can expect an answer ten times more interesting and in-depth than you expected. On approaching his character, the gruff Master John Gregory, in Ya fantasy adaptation "Seventh Son": "You know these kinda psychic guys that channel spirits and stuff? I remember Ramtha...this woman would channel this spirit named Ramtha," said Bridges, referring to controversial American mystic J.Z. Knight. "And...it has that aspect to it for me. You know, I'll just invite a spirit or a character into me [so it can] have its way with me. And I did that in this case. Once you get the costumes on, and you're in those wonderful Dante Ferretti sets and stuff, you open yourself to be inhabited by a character to have its way with you. And that's kind of what happened [on 'Seventh Son'], you know." The Sergei Bodrov »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ben Barnes, best known for his portrayal of Prince Caspian in the Narnia franchise, is no stranger to mythical beasts and dangerous swordplay. While this might not be a useful trait for the world you or I live in, such talents are necessary when hunting medieval monsters, which made Barnes a perfect fit for Sergey Bodrov’s Seventh Son. Although the film was finished a few years ago, audiences are just now getting the opportunity to watch Barnes fight witches alongside the likes of Jeff Bridges and a loveable ogre, as they rush to stop Julianne Moore before she harnesses an impending Blood Moon for all of its evil power.
I had the chance to sit down with Ben Barnes last weekend when he was in New York City to promote Seventh Son alongside his fellow cast members, and we chatted at length about his role as Spook apprentice Tom Ward. »
- Matt Donato
Following a lengthy wait, Seventh Son has finally made its way to theaters. The epic fantasy centers on a professional spook (Jeff Bridges), who takes a dashing young apprentice (Ben Barnes) under his wing as the two prepare to face the end of the world. Together they square off against Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her army of deadly minions.
At a recent New York press conference for the film - Bridges, Moore and Barnes discussed their personal connections to their roles and how themes of fate and destiny have played out off-screen.
This film talks a lot about destiny and fate. How much has fate played a role in your lives?
Jeff Bridges: Destiny and fate? You guys wanna go first on that one?
Ben Barnes: Nobody wants to go first on that! »
- Justine Browning
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, February 6th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Jupiter Ascending Director: Lana & Andy Wachowski Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Jo Osmond, Terry Gilliam, Doona Bae, Vanessa Kirby, James D'Arcy, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Synopsis: "In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen's reign." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (10 reviews) Seventh Son Director: Sergey Bodrov Cast: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander Synopsis: "The seventh son of a seventh son learns how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts in the 1700s." Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of »
- Steve Greene
Just as the film bludgeoned me almost immediately over the head with its insipid nature, I’m going to just jump right into the plot of Seventh Son, or at least what I can make of it. It’s hard to decipher exactly what Jeff Bridges is saying under his accent that sounds like a cross between Gandalf and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises but I’ll do my best. A young Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) locks up a powerful witch that goes by the name Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) in a cave atop a mountain as the film begins. She remains restrained until a “Blood Moon” rises – something that happens once every century – which then causes her to transform into a dragon and escape her slumber. In those years that have passed, Gregory has continued to become a powerful “spook” (think wizard/witch-slayer). Malkin’s return though results »
- Michael Haffner
Fans will go to great lengths to prove their love for their obsessions, but celebrity and young-adult franchise fans might be the craziest of them all. Well, crazy might be too demeaning of a word. How about, overly enthusiastic? For Ben Barnes, the star of this week.s fantasy film release Seventh Son, he knows this to be true from firsthand experience. Barnes attracted a number of fans over the years, through his time on films like The Chronicles of Narnia, Dorian Gray and The Big Wedding, and even the History channel miniseries Sons of Liberty. When I first met Barnes, he told a story about how a girl he met at a screening event who was by far the most memorable. While he described her as "very lovely" and "gentle and normal," he said he found a photo she posted during a recent Facebook chat. One girl posted a »
Seventh Son is the Chicken McNugget of movies. You know there are better options out there when it comes to your chicken-eating selections, but something about the greasy simplicity and drive thru nature of the McNugget calls to you. Before you take a bite you know what you're going to get and to hide the actual taste of the nugget you drench it in a dipping sauce. As your teeth crack the crisp (if it just came out of the frier) outer shell and squish through the processed meat inside, your mouth is covered with a viscous layer of... something, preventing the taste from leaving your mouth long after you've swallowed. In an effort to fix this you take another bite, this time dipped in even more sauce, but the result is the same. The McNugget is a mirage. It isn't chicken and no amount of sauce is going to »
- Brad Brevet
Based on Joseph Delaney's The Wardstone Chronicles -- more specifically on the saga's first volume, The Spook's Apprentice -- Seventh Son tells the story of Thomas (Ben Barnes), a young farmer chosen to be the new apprentice of Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), a Spook whose job is to fight evil forces. Issues get more personal when Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) escapes from her prison and seeks revenge by destroying everything with her army of evil witches and sorcerers. As one may deduct from that plot, Sergei Bodrov's film does not have a lot to contribute to fantasy: Seventh Son appears like a mixture of Van Helsing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to which basic generic elements were added. The universe depicted in Delaney's adaptation thus...
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In "Seventh Son," Ben Barnes plays the seventh son of a seventh son, a mystically indebted apprentice who goes on the road with Jeff Bridges, who plays a Spook, the last of a dying breed of knights who defends the innocent from the ghastly forces of darkness (led, in this case, by an incredibly over-the-top Julianne Moore as a fearsome witch). Barnes's Tom follows the Luke Skywalker trajectory of starting off as a slightly above-average farm boy to becoming the savior of the land.
And Barnes has some history with this kind of thing, having starred in the "Chronicles of Narnia" movies (with far more benevolent beasts). When we got to speak to Barnes about "Seventh Son," we asked him about how he came aboard the project, what it was like working with Bridges and his comely costar Alicia Vikander (don't worry - if you don't know who she is, »
- Drew Taylor
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