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
Filming took place in Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Most of the principal photography took place in practical locations, with several days committed to filming on greenscreen. Principal photography was completed by April 2009, but the cast and crew re-gathered a few months later to film additional battle sequences, filming on greenscreen to save on travel. The reshoots were directed by Brett Ratner. See more »
When Behmen and Felson are putting on their helmets before the battle in the beginning of the movie, their chain mail coifs are down around their neck, not under their helmet as they should to protect the neck. Then the command is given and they start running towards the enemy. Once the two lines clash, and the fighting begins, Felson suddenly has his coif on while Behmen still has his down on his back. See more »
Really bad film - no attempt to avoid anachronisms
This is a truly bad film. Terrible dialogue - and no attempt whatsoever to fit into the time period - they might as well have worn watches and looked up things on their iPads. Yankland hadn't been invented yet, but most of the characters talk in Yank, with yank idiom, as if the action is taking place in Los Angelese. You'd have thought that just a tiny bit of effort to fit into the period would be worth making.
The plot is badly thought out - as you can tell by their dreadful attempts to explain the plot later on. The effects are hopeless.
It's so bad that, occasionally, it's unintentionally funny - that's all that can be said for it. The deep-seated inability of the actors to act is a standing joke. The 20th century attitudes force- fitted onto a badly imagined past has the other standing joke.
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