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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.

Director:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)

Writers:

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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When darkness falls, the son will rise


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,223,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,178,613
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2.39 : 1
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Initially set to be released in theaters in January of 2014 but due to production delays the film was pushed back to 2015. See more »

Goofs

There is a morning scene where Gregory relieves himself by putting out the fire. His servant Tusk then finishes the job as group of horsemen approach. Tusk goes and hides and when the horsemen arrive the fire is completely gone without a trace. 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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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Bright (2017) See more »

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Cliché as a film can be
27 February 2015 | by rprince-832-6294See all my reviews

-Seventh Son (2015) movie review: -Seventh Son is a fantasy/adventure film about the last man in an order of knights that were basically medieval Ghostbusters. He takes on a new, young apprentice who is destined for greatness and blah blah blah prophecy, blah blah blah training, blah blah blah evil threat, blah blah blah fulfil his destiny type of thing.

-The entire film is like a cliché video game complete with boss battles, side-quests, and gaining new equipment. It was not bad, but not good or anything new.

-The story is cliché and predictable as pretty much anything. I knew exactly how it would go down throughout the entire film.

-The pace is somewhat inconsistent, with a few parts that rush and a few parts that drag.

-The acting is fine. Jeff Bridges did his best imitation of himself from True Grit, which was only so-so believable. Ben Barnes did his best impression of himself as Prince Caspian, minus the accent. So he was convincing at least. Julianna Moore is the villain, and she was the best one in it.

-The characters are all cliché and offered nothing new.

-The music…. I'm going to go back to this one….

-The CGI was not as bad as the trailer, but not great. The originality the film offered in the villains was not terrible either. They just played Dark Souls and said "Hey! Let's use all of the villains!" -There are some scenes that are pretty witty, and some others that are pretty entertaining. So it was enjoyable to an extent.

-So my least favorite thing about the film was the music…. Right off the bat I noticed. Here is what happened: They were done with the editing and somebody said "Oh guys! We forgot music!" and another guy answered, "Oh crap! It's okay, just use music from Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, and Robin Hood! Problem solved!" Oh my gosh I knew every song that played. And they picked two of my favorite soundtracks to use! So totally took me out of the moment. All of the moments. All of them.

-Anyway, Seventh Son is nothing new and has some elements, like the freaking music, that make it not good. However it has some entertainment value to it, so really, if you don't care about predictability and music, Seventh Son would actually be worth watching on Nexflix.

-It is PG-13 for some light violence, scary-ish images, dealings with things like sorcery, and a random F-word. Because that existed?


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