Season of the Witch2011
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Christopher Lee
Directed By: Dominic Sena
Rating: 1.5 out of 10
OutlineA small group of men are tasked to bring a girl cross country to stand trial for witch craft.
Just when you think Nicolas Cage movies couldn’t get any worse. He goes and does a movie like this….and totally redeems himself. I am obviously joking this movie was wretched. Season of the Witch takes place during the 14th century. The Crusades were a turbulent time in humanity’s brief existence. Great things both evil and good were wrought during this time all in the name of Christianity. The elimination of Witches and anything of the occult has always been a hot topic issue for the church and in this film it was no different. The story centers on best friends Behmen (Cage) and Felson (Perlman). They are knights and comrades in arms for the Christian army. They are tasked to take a girl across country to stand trial for supposed witch craft. This film is a confused jumble of different genres. It starts off as an epic with large but albeit crappy battle sequences between two warring armies. It then settles into a period action piece with very little thought to pleasing any sort of action viewer. Lastly it takes on an almost fairytale/monster vibe film with terrible special effects. No matter where the film was going though it was always bad. The films main focus was the journey across country to deliver the witch. Behmen and Felson and a small group of others have their faith and sanity tested as strange occurrences beleaguer them the whole way. Random images and strange dreams haunt the group and nature seems insistent on preventing them from finishing their task. All of these things going on plus the plague is running rampant in every town that the group never seems to be afraid of. I found watching this movie more of a trial than anything these people on screen faced. I am guessing what supposedly were to be tense situations, I found were comical instead. The laughter of mine was generated from the terrible acting, to poor plot developments, to lastly suspect computer animation. I kind of liken this film to a blend of the movie Kingdom of Heaven with an episode of television’s Hercules with Kevin Sorbo. Director Dominic Sena and Nicolas Cage have worked together before on Gone in 60 seconds and let us hope this is the last time they collaborate. The best or worst thing though about this film was the dialogue. Cage doesn’t even go for a proper accent for that time period and neither do most of the actors. It is quite funny hearing people speak of Goblins and Ghouls as if they were at your local Starbucks. I shouldn’t be surprised this movie was as bad as it was it just kills me that Cage has won a best actor award after seeing another one of his movies flop. I cannot recommend this movie and although the theme may suggest the existence of witchcraft and magic, it was not magical at all.