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 »
I was beside myself with glee when I first heard of this movie. The book it is based on has been a book I have read and reread as well as given to children and adults alike over the years. So I was HORRIBLY disappointed at the changes made in this adaptation. Key elements left out, characterizations gutted, the mythos it was based on trivialized.
After such great adaptations as LotR, Narnia and the Potter books to see this classic ruined was a sad sight.
The books concepts depend on British folktales and legends (Arthurian based) and the movie seems to have tossed that aside in an attempt to woo American audiences. The family is changed, leaving out the close knit structure that is the basis of the story.
Don't see this movie. Don't let your kids see this movie. Do yourselves a favor and read the book.
Someday someone will make this movie with an eye to the source material.
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