The Gist: A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer’s murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil. (IMDB)
Good Vs. Evil: James Purefoy (Solomon Kane), Pete Postlethwaite (William Crowthorn), Max von Sydow (Josiah Kane), Alice Krige (Katherine Crowthorn), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Meredith Crowthorn)
My Take: Well, here is a movie that I was looking forward to seeing because it sounded like a pretty wicked story and the special effects appeared to be impressive from the trailer. The special effects were indeed impressive…the story had it’s merits but it also had it’s defects. Solomon Kane is based on the character of the same created by pulp author Robert E. Howard (you know the guy who also created Conan The Barbarian) and I believe the Kane stories were told in comic format. I’m sure I read one of them and it was good. Kane is a bad dude who renounces his wicked ways when he discovers the devil wants him to be his bitch (this is my guess from watching the movie) but he goes off the rails when young Meredith is kidnapped by some guy in a mask in order to lure Solomon home? I seem to have lost track of the story somewhere between James Purefoy taking his shirt off, the Balrog like creature and beer 2 and 3, or was it 3 and 4?
Final Thoughts: I wanted to like this movie more. The setting, the premise the look of the flick were all promising but by god the actual screenplay left a lot to be desired and the dialogue was seriously weak. I’m on the fence as to whether or not to recommend it. It had good parts but the story was scattered and seemed fragmented. Bonus: it had the late, great Pete Postlethwaite and James Purefoy who I think is a good actor but not featured in enough good movies. Watch it for free and after a few drinks (2 or 3 seemed to do the trick).