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SEASON OF THE WITCH

Movie review by Davis Blackwell

 

95 minutes, Rated PG-13

ASPECT RATIO:  1.85:1

STUDIO:  Rogue Pictures/ Relativity Media/ Atlas Entertainment

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  1-7-2011

SYNOPSIS:

A 14th century Crusader, Behman (Nicolas Cage) returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights, Behman and Felson (Ron Perlman) 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 jeopardizes the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.

 

ANALYSIS:

Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman are enjoyable as two knights who deserted from the Crusades in the 14th century.  Behman and Felson could easily had a better movie crafted around these characters only if the writer of the film allowed the film to breath and up the humor before slipping deeper into gloom as the film goes on.   SEASON OF THE WITCH starts out good only to turn out to be a disappointing B movie with so much promise.  That promise is thrown out the door in the final third of the film.  

 

The trailers make SEASON OF THE WITCH actually look good.  I love the atmosphere of the film, but it is all for naught if the script doesn’t rise to the challenge.   The characters aren’t that really fleshed out at all.   SEASON OF THE WITCH seems like a film that stayed on the shelf for a reason.   It just isn’t that good.  It is a B movie with Nicolas Cage.   SEASON OF THE WITCH is another one of those Nicolas Cage with fantastic hair style for his character and nothing seems to be left to bring style for the movie.  Skip the theater and rent on DVD if you dare.

 

This movie review is 1-9-2011 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com