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A heroic Crusader and his closest friend return home after decades of fierce fighting, only to find their world destroyed by the Plague. The church elders, convinced that a girl accused of being a witch is responsible for the devastation, command the two to transport the strange girl to a remote monastery where monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. They embark on a harrowing, aciton-filled journey that will test their strength and courage as they discover the girl's dark secret and find themselves battling a terrifyingly powerful force that will determine the fate of the world.
Action Adventure Fantasy - This is an effects-heavy period action/adventure/horror/supernatural
thriller. Fans of Nicolas Cage should be pleased. While rated PG-13,
the film is still much too violent and intense for young children.
PROFANITY: 1 S-word, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights, battles, hangings, stabbings with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Fights and chases. COMEDY: Wisecracks and banter.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Here, like cows, they devour the scenery, regurgitate it to a second stomach found only in actors and chew it as cud. It is a noble effort, but I prefer them in their straight-through Human Centipede mode.
USA TodayFull Review Average Nicolas Cage is a man of mercurial taste, an actor whose career choices careen from the astute...He drifts back into the baffling with Season of the Witch, a mishmash of horror and history genres that's not as bad as its trailers but ultimately is dragged down by, of all things, its star.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 72 moviegoers:
TEENS:Almost all the males loved "Season of the Witch." Over half the females also loved it, but a fair number were somewhat disappointed.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:One male loved it but the rest rated it below average. The ladies rated it quite a bit better, but their reviews are not great. A few loved it and many rated it above average, but nearly half rated it average or below average.
ADULTS:Close to half of the males enjoyed "Season of the Witch" very much rating it Very Good or Excellent. Unfortunately, the other half were disappointed and only rated it as average or below average. The ladies enjoyed it more with a third loving it, a third enjoying it very much and a third rating it average, which is a bit low.
The years of brutal warfare in the name of God have stripped Behmen (Nicolas
Cage) of his taste for bloodshed - and his loyalty to the Church. Looking
forward to a quiet retirement, Behmen and his comrade-in-arms Felson (Ron
Perlman) are bewildered to find their homeland deserted, unaware that Europe has
been decimated by the Black Plague.
While searching for food and supplies at the Place at Marburg, the two knights
are apprehended and called before the local Cardinal (Christopher Lee) to
explain their unscheduled return from the East. They dying Cardinal threatens
the pair with prison for desertion, unless they agree to a dangerous mission.
The Cardinal's dungeon holds a young woman (Claire Foy) accused of being a witch
who brings the Plague with her. They can redeem themselves only by accompanying
the girl to a distant abbey where she is to stand trial.
The girl's brutal mistreatment in prison and powerlessness against the
accusations of church officials move Behman. Convinced she is merely a
convenient scapegoat and fearing she will be condemned without a fair hearing,
he agrees to escort her on the treacherous journey.
In addition to his loyal companion Felson, he is accompanied by a well-traveled
con man who knows the countryside (Stephen Graham), an eager young man who
aspires to knighthood (Robert Sheenhan), a bitter knight who has lost his family
to the Plague (Ulrich Thomsen) and anave priest (Stephen Campbell Moore).
The route is long and arduous, made even more challenging by increasingly
disturbing events, and takes the group through uncharted territory, across
sheer-walled gorges and deep into wolf-infested forests. One by one his fellow
travelers meet with misfortune, and the embattled Crusader finds himself facing
his most terrifying adversary.