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The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

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The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Kaulder
Rose Leslie ... Chloe
Elijah Wood ... Dolan 37th
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Belial
Rena Owen ... Glaeser
Julie Engelbrecht ... The Witch Queen
Michael Caine ... Dolan 36th
Joseph Gilgun ... Ellic
Isaach De Bankolé ... Max Schlesinger
Michael Halsey ... Grosette
Sloane Coombs Sloane Coombs ... Elizabeth
Lotte Verbeek ... Helena
Dawn Olivieri ... Danique
Inbar Lavi ... Sonia
Armani Jackson Armani Jackson ... Armani
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The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. Written by Lionsgate

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All Will Be Tried. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images | See all certifications »

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USA | China | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último cazador de brujas See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,812,861, 23 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,367,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,396,650
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As a retirement gift, Caulder gives Dolan 36th a Waterman 402 sterling silver 'snail' pattern eye-dropper fountain pen, made circa 1900. See more »

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Spoilers - Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Dolan 37th calls Kaulder to say that "Dolan the 36th passed away peacefully last night" and "The ceremony will be tomorrow" is clearly the day after Kaulder, and later, Dolan 37th, visited with Dolan 36th, the night he dies. Now he can only be referring to the funeral ceremony in this call. The question then seems to be, what is the ceremony we cut to immediately after the call? This is the ceremony installing Dolan 37th as the next Dolan, even though we see there is also a closed casket there. The only things we see and hear going on at this ceremony are directly related to Dolan 37th testifying that he is worthy of the job, promising to always help Kaulder, and ending with him being branded on his arm. After that he goes outside and joins Kaulder who seems to have left before this ceremony was completed. Since we neither see nor hear anything having to do with a "funeral" ceremony we can assume that it will still take place tomorrow, as Dolan 37th said to Kaulder, and the body is simply lying in repose until then. Therefore, when they leave and go to Dolan 36th's apartment and Kaulder's statement to Dolan 37th "You were here last night, before he died, right?" is phrased correctly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Belial: I swear to you, every single mother and daughter, father and son taken from us by the Black Plague will be avenged. It is their Witch Queen who brought this curse upon our lands. And in her death lies our salvation. Be warned, brothers. She will never truly perish until her heart beats its last. Let fear be dead to us. There is no going back, for there is nothing to go back to.
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The Summit Entertainment logo appears on a parchment in ink, with the text is written in runic script before morphing into normal letters. See more »


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Paint It, Black
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Ciara
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Courtesy of FINIS, By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc.
Ciara appears courtesy of Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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While Vin Diesel is hunting for witches, you might be hunting for some sense
15 November 2015 | by mlaimlai2See all my reviews

If Vin Diesel is planning to star in another franchise after the successes of The Fast and the Furious and Riddick, he has another think coming. There is a fair bit of action that makes use of Diesel's physical presence but the movie is bogged down in expository dialogue and a story that is incomprehensible at times. It also doesn't help when the majority of the film is set at night with quite a few of the action scenes being difficult to see.

Kaulder (Vin Diesel) is an 800 year old warrior whose main goal in life is to rid the world of witches. Just before he succeeds in eliminating the Witch Queen (Julie Engelbrecht), she curses him with immortality. We next see him in present day where he is still fighting the evil forces, this time with a priest bestowed with the title of Dolan 36th (Michael Caine). Realising that he can't continue forever unlike his immortal friend, Dolan 36th introduces Kaulder to another priest in Dolan 37th (Elijah Wood) who will take over the reigns as Kaulder's sidekick. Joining them is a good witch named Chloe (Rose Leslie), otherwise known as a dream walker.

Vin Diesel has a limited acting range but makes use of it in this type of role where he is the action hero although he's not as convincing as he is in the Fast and the Furious series. That's probably because the wisecracks are funnier and the character of Dominic Toretto is more fleshed out. Two time Oscar winner Michael Caine has a small role and is in a coma for most of the film. He once said of his Jaws 4: The Revenge role that the house that Jaws built was terrific so the role of Dolan 37th must have financed his holidays. Elijah Wood displays his dramatic abilities and is involved in a twist which is preposterous.

The editing is fast and furious at times which makes it difficult to focus on what's happening in the action sequences. They seem to be well-choreographed with the exemplary sound effects bringing the fight scenes to life. Most of the visual effects are of the CGI variety and make a solid contribution to the look of the film. No matter how successful or unsuccessful a film is with the technological side of things, if the story is inferior like it is in this film, the overall impact suffers. There is a lack of tension for this particular genre and if you can remember the majority of the film after seeing it, you're doing much better than I am.

The Last Witch Hunter is a forgettable movie that has better action sequences than plot lines and dialogue. Vin Diesel has shown in the past that he can carry a movie, just not this one. The box office reception suggests that he should stick to the Fast and the Furious franchise. http://mlaimlai2.wix.com/magical-movie-review


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