A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. Written by
For Season of the Witch (2011), Tippett Studio designed the demon that manifests in the film's denouement. See more »
When Felson fights the altar boy Kay he states "stand and fight like a man you little jackrabbit". The jackrabbit is indigenous to regions of North America not Europe so a crusader in medieval times would be unaware of them. See more »
Nicholas Cage is a take-him-as-he-is type of actor, that's no secret. Love him or hate him, you know what you're getting when you watch his films. Season of the Witch is essentially no different from Cage's usual fare in that it's a fairly straightforward "popcorn flick" type of movie.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the film lacks any depth, but unfortunately the action scenes are severely lacking as well. The visuals would be impressive if anything new was offered, but instead we get typical scenes like "group fights pack of wolves" and "group tries to cross a decrepit bridge." There are no shocks, no surprises, and the one "twist" the movie offers barely has any impact whatsoever.
Another big complaint I had was that the whole "witch" aspect of the movie was totally underplayed. The first scene plays on this a little bit but the rest of the film never really goes anywhere. "Season of the Lame Wisecracks" is probably a more fitting title.
The movie is boring at best. It offers nothing new, and there aren't even enough "bad" moments in the film to make it a half-entertaining B movie. Pass.
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