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Seventh Son (2014)

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When Mother Malkin, the queen of evil witches, escapes the pit she was imprisoned in by professional monster hunter Spook decades ago and kills his apprentice, he recruits young Tom, the seventh son of the seventh son, to help him.

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Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)

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Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Steven Knight (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Master Gregory
Ben Barnes ... Tom Ward
Julianne Moore ... Mother Malkin
Alicia Vikander ... Alice
Antje Traue ... Bony Lizzie
Olivia Williams ... Mam Ward
John DeSantis ... Tusk
Kit Harington ... Mr. Bradley
Djimon Hounsou ... Radu
Gerard Plunkett ... Inquisitor
Jason Scott Lee ... Urag
Kandyse McClure ... Sarikin
Luc Roderique ... Strix
Zahf Paroo ... Virahadra
Timothy Webber ... Malcom Ward
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Storyline

John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected his country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to survive. The last hope is a young farmer's son named Thomas Ward. Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn't? Should he trust the girl with pointy shoes? How can Thomas stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the county? Written by Anonymous

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In the face of evil, claim your destiny. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spook's Apprentice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,217,640, 8 February 2015

Gross USA:

$17,223,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,178,613
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Trivia

The 2nd fantasy film/TV series based on a book to star Kit Harrington. See more »

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A the beginning of the movie, Master Gregory tells his apprentice to get the long bow, however the bow he picks up is the shorter, composite bow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mother Malkin: Gregory! Gregory! Have mercy. Release me. Gregory! Come back! Gregory!
Mother Malkin: [seasons come and go] My power returns with the rise of the blood moon. Hell awakens.
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Mindbogglingly bad!
5 January 2015 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I have read a few books from the Spook's Apprentice series and I can tell you with certainty that this movie is very far from the plot there. Worst than that, every decent scene in the film is in the trailer and the rest are just filling. No real fights, no real drama, the acting was abysmal, but it pales in comparison with the script, which seems to be have been written by a banker worrying he is giving the world too much. It is a horribly bad film that I advise against watching.

The books themselves are a sort of Harry Potterish thing for children, replacing Hogwarts with a grumpy fighter against the creatures of the dark and Harry with a rare "seventh son of a seventh son" that is traditionally employed in this "spook" business. There were several things that went against this series becoming very popular: first is the term "spook" which in the US was controversial due to some colloquial racial meaning, so they changed the name with which they published the book into The Last Apprentice. Then the name of the author, Joseph Delaney, which is pretty common and easy to confuse with other writers named Delaney.

However the plot of the books is easy to follow, interesting, sometimes engaging; Delaney had just as much right for fame as J.K. Rowling. Alas, this film pretty much cements his failure. Too bad.


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