Seventh Son

February 6, 2015

Ben Barnes in the SEVENTH SON.

Directed by: Sergei Bodrov

Written by: Charles Leavitt, Steven Knight

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Antje Traue, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington

Rating: PG-13 (for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language)

Running Time: 102 minutes

SEVENTH SON is neither a particularly good film nor particularly a bad film. It sits somewhere in that horrible place of “average”. There are several bright spots in the film: the visual effects are quite good, especially the dragons and several of the creatures; Dante Ferretti’s production design is good (as expected); the fight scenes are well choreographed; and there is a good performance by the radiant 26 year old Alicia Vikander as Alice, a young woman with a magical secret. However, Jeff Bridges’ performance as Master Gregory, a “last of his kind” witchhunter known as a “spook”, is a bit distracting with his ill-advised “mouth full of marbles” performance. And I can’t say that the story itself is all that memorable.

Grade: B-

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