Seventh Son (I) (2014)
Runtime: 102 min
Genre : Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Movie Releae : 6 February 2015 (USA)
Director: Sergey Bodrov (as Sergei Bodrov)
Writers: Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Steven Knight (screenplay)
Stars: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges
Country: USA | UK | Canada | China
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?
The long-delayed young adult book adaptation finally shows up on big screen. Asia noticeably has an earlier release date. The question now is “Is it worth the wait?” For a movie delayed this long, people have already forgotten about it so I won’t be surprised if it flops at box office. This gets as generic as what a fantasy period film can be. It is packed with every cliché you find in the genre however it is still entertaining with its action set pieces, decent CGI and 3D.
The story: Jeff Bridges plays a gruff Master Gregory who has lost his apprentice (Kit Harington) during a fight with a powerful witch (Julianne Moore). Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is chosen to be Gregory’s new apprentice. And there you go, an action-packed adventure with perilous monsters and witches lurking. Nothing in the movie surprises, even the twists have been seen before. There are a few set pieces including a full-blown climax that use extensive CGI. Although entertaining to watch, they are lacking in the creativity department. Acting wise is alright. Music is generic but does elevate a sense of peril during the action.
3D: It is surprisingly decent. I thought it would be another sloppy post-converted 3D movie that barely has depth. The 3D effects work the most during the CGI set pieces with monsters chomping right at your face. It has a reasonable amount of depth between characters and the background.
Overall: Is it worth to watch it in cinema? Only if you are interested in young adult adaptations. If you don’t, you are not missing much. It has all the clichés what a fantasy period movie has and does not break any new ground. Is it worth the wait? Probably not. But if you are in need of entertainment, this would just entertain you for 2 hours.
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