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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
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 »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
"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
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
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
Just when you thought that Jeff Bridges’ on-screen accents couldn’t get any more ridiculous than his rootin-tootin’ cowboy persona in R.I.P.D, Seventh Son comes along with another cartoonish turn from the actor, this time as a medieval Ghostbuster with a mouth full of marbles. Unfortunately, the comparisons to R.I.P.D don’t stop there as far as Bridges’ latest film is concerned, as Seventh Son is another slight blockbuster blunder whose clunkiness reveals why Sergey Bodrov’s fantasy adventure sat shelved for roughly three years. Blame it on unfocused post-3D, unavoidable comparisons to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and lax character development – a dangerous trifecta that puts a damper on the unintentional comedy found in the few lines of dialogue Bridges mumbles that are just clear enough to understand.
- Matt Donato
Chances are you saw the "Seventh Son" spot that aired as part of Sunday night's big Super Bowl game (the one that played while Katy Perry was offstage, partying with her land-shark homeboys). The swashbuckling fantasy, starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes and based on the novel "The Spook's Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney, features a lot of off-the-wall monster action in its various promotional materials but not nearly enough Julianne Moore as a villainous witch goddess named Mother Malkin. Well, here we are, answering your prayers with an exclusive scene from the movie (out this Friday).
In this brief clip, Djimon Hounsou, playing Radu (a character not in the original novel), brings Mother Malkin a small troop of assassins, to rid the world of The Spook (Bridges) and his apprentice, Tom Ward (Barnes). One of these assassins, who have a cool, made-of-granite look to them, has the misfortune of attempting eye contact with Julianne Moore, »
- Drew Taylor
Considering it opens in the States this weekend, it’s been a fairly reserved marketing campaign for Seventh Son, but Universal and Legendary Pictures have given us a new look at the fantasy with a Super Bowl spot for the film, which you can watch right here…
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. He has »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek a new TV spot revealing footage from the upcoming fantasy feature "Seventh Son", aired during "NFL Super Bowl Xlix":
"...in a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more.
"'Master Gregory' (Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, 'Mother Malkin' (Moore), centuries ago.
"But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world.
"Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
"In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. »
- Michael Stevens
The Super Bowl TV Spot is now online for Legendary and Universal Pictures’ action-adventure "Seventh Son" the big-screen adaptation of Joseph Delaney's popular young adult book "The Spook's Apprentice," the first of an ongoing series.
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face »
- Kellvin Chavez
Jeff Bridges is back to being an absolute badass in the latest clip for the epic fantasy film, Seventh Son. Watch as he takes on towering and terrifying monsters of every thinkable shape and form in the newest trailer: Bridges stars alongside Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) and the wonderful recently Oscar-nominated Julianne Moore for her performance in Still Alice in this grand scale monster/fantasy epic tale based on the novel, The Spook.s Apprentice. The story centers on Barnes character Thomas Ward who is the seventh son of a seventh son, and the apprentice of Bridges. character John Gregory, the Spook. The job of a spook is to protect his country from witches, ghouls, boggarts, and all the scary monsters that roam their land. However, with Bridges character getting older, he seeks out an apprentice to fill his shoes and the story follows the entire training process »
After years of sitting around collecting dust, Sergei Bodrov’s Seventh Son is ready to take viewers on a enchanted journey filled with monsters, mayhem, and another one of Jeff Bridges’ interesting accents. Starring Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Bridges, and many other familiar faces, Bodrov’s film will finally be unleashing itself on the general public February 6th, a date that also brings about questions of a sequel if the box office numbers warrant another go. We all know the current landscape of Hollywood – if the numbers are there, a franchise will be born – and no one would be happier to see another Seventh Son than Barnes himself.
This weekend, I had the chance to chat with Barnes about his role as Master Gregory’s young apprentice, Tom Ward, who is learning the ropes about monster hunting in medieval times. Barnes believes Seventh Son is just the beginning of Ward’s cinematic exploits though, »
- Matt Donato
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, with fans on the West Coast, East Coast and everywhere in between, gearing up for the big game between the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Who will win the big game? Who cares! Even if it is the best game in the history of organized sports, many won't be tuning in for Super Bowl Xlix itself, but for the ads that will be airing throughout the day, some of which will give us new footage from several highly-anticipated movies. To help you cut through all the clutter, we have all of the movie-related Super Bowl ads for you right here in one place for your convenience. Some of the ads have already debuted well before the game, which you can check out right now, but keep refreshing throughout the weekend as more trailers debut before and during Super Bowl Xlix. »
13 items from 2015
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