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Movie Review: Season Of The Witch
by adammoviereviews,posted Jan 7 2011 12:54PM
Rated PG-13 – 1h38
It seems, about this time of year we typically get another mediocre film with Nicholas Cage in it. So much for starting new in 2011.
Season Of The Witch begins with a series of Crusader battles, which somehow are bloodless, and do less than thrill as they strive for epic battle status. Behman (Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) are some of the fiercest warriors, until (12 years later!) they decide killing in the church’s and god name isn’t so honorable. Maybe they’re just too old for that stuff.
After ditching, they return to a convenient town that’s become stricken with the plague. It’s no mistake that it’s the same town from the opening sequence that previously hung three suspected witches, but didn’t do the job quite right.
That sets Behman and Felson on a quest to finish the witchhunt. I won’t really give anything away that the biggest twist in the movie is revealed early on. The witches in question are actually witches. When does that ever happen?
In any case, this movie is a scatterbrain. Is it a buddy comedy between Behman and Felson? Is it another weak Nicholas Cage action flick? Is it a period piece? Is it a good guys vs the supernatural horror movie? It’s a bit of each of them, which means the film loses it’s focus and wanders, just like the main characters do.
I’m trying to remember a movie with so many religious themes in it, that isn’t religious at all. Season Of The Witch steers down the road of mythology and dogma, before crashing it’s medieval wagon on the side of the road.
Also, what is going on with Nick Cage’s hair? I couldn’t tell if that was a bad wig, or just a hairdresser who can’t see.
The only redeeming quality of this film if Ron Perlman. He knows how to execute a supernatural action movie (See Hellboy. No, really go watch it.) If not for his one-liners, furrowed brow and smirky expressions, I wouldn’t have even gone to see this.