The film tells the story of Will Stanton, a young man who learns he is the last of a group of warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark. Traveling back and forth through time, Will discovers a series of clues which lead him into a showdown with forces of unimaginable power. With the Dark once again rising, the future of the world rests in Will's hands. Written by
Based on the novel 'The Dark is Rising' by Susan Cooper, which is part of a series of five books collectively called 'The Dark is Rising Sequence'. 'The Dark is Rising' is in fact the second book in the series, and the first to feature the character of Will Stanton, who is arguably the hero of the rest of the series. The first book, 'Over Sea, Under Stone' focuses on three other children who play key roles in the sequence: Simon, Jane and Barney Drew, who also appear in two other books in the series: 'Greenwitch' and 'Silver On the Tree'. 'The Grey King' introduces Bran Davies who rounds out the cast. The only common character between the all five books is Merriman Lyon. The five books are: 'Under Sea, Under Stone', 'The Dark is Rising', 'Greenwitch', 'The Grey King' and 'Silver on the Tree'. See more »
In the scene where the Stanton family moves to the manor and the Rider is letting the ice/water run, when he gets off his horse and it is prancing behind him you can see a whip behind it making it move (from 79:10 to 79:13). See more »
If you read the book, skip the movie. If you did not read the book, still skip the movie. I saw this with a group in which some of us had read the book and some of us had not. Everybody disliked it.
The story was confusing, disjointed, and eventually pointless. Even if you had read the book, it appeared that the screenwriter was taking scenes from Harry Potter, scenes from the Fifth Element, and a few scenes from Cooper's original novels then patching them together. This led to an incoherent story line.
The biggest question is what were they thinking when they disregarded the story contained in the book? In an episode of "all things considered" on NPR, screenwriter John Hodge asserted that he was trying to distance this movie from Harry Potter. If so, he failed miserably because the massive changes made this look more like a bad Harry Potter knock-off than a separate film. From the NPR interviews, it appears that Ms. Cooper had little or no input in the film. I suspect that the filmmakers were trying to make a Harry Potter-like film out of Susan Cooper's story so they could avoid copyright infringement. Unfortunately, they were trying to fit a square peg into the round hole and it did not work.
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