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The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

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A boy's life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Stanton
Gwen Stanton
James Stanton
Edmund Entin ...
Robin Stanton
Gary Entin ...
Paul Stanton
Jordan J. Dale ...


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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Even the smallest of light... shines in the darkness

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action and some scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dark Is Rising  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,745,315 (USA) (5 October 2007)


$8,791,738 (USA) (14 December 2007)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Jackson had a major role in the film but his part was entirely cut. See more »


When the Christmas tree is being delivered, the tree outside the house is very thick and full and about ten feet tall, and appears so as they are trying to jam it through the front door (09:47). When bringing it down the stairs, though, the tree trunk is much thinner and is much shorter (10:00), inferring that the bottom half of the tree was lopped off to make the scene more manageable. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Stanton: Hey man, let's get out of here.
Robin Stanton: School is out.
James Stanton: What's up, little brother? I gotta catch up with the twins.
Gwen Stanton: Hi Will.
Will Stanton: Come on, Gwen. Let's go.
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References Bridge to Terabithia (2007) See more »


Deck the Halls
Performed by Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Harry Potter meets the Fifth Element?
7 October 2007 | by (Irvine, CA) – See all my reviews

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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