Song Son Blues
Film: Seventh Son
Cast: Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore
Directed by: Sergey Bodrov
Duration: 1 hr 42 mins
Rating: * *
Seventh Son is one of those films that have a wafer thin story and shouldn’t have been made in the first place. Even though it costs fair bit of money to make them, Hollywood is going through a phase of overkill as far as these fantasy adventure movies are concerned. It is time to give those CGI dragons and beasts bit of a rest.
“I’ll regain my powers when the blood moon rises” says a witch in the opening line of the film giving you a fair idea of the shape of things to come.
Ben Barnes plays Tom, the seventh son of the seventh son, which entitles him to special powers to slay evil creatures. But he needs a bit of training before he can start doing that and a brave warrior (Jeff Bridges providing the silver lining) makes him his apprentice.
The mother of all witches (Julianne Moore) is out there to destroy human kind and the master student duo has to save the world from her evil.
Barring an action packed climax for most parts the film moves in second gear and hardly pushes to the next. Based on the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, the screenplay has plenty of dull moments and standard clichés. Jeff Bridges gets an opportunity to provide a bit of humor and he does it in style.
Though The Seventh Son it is meant to appeal to the teenage audience, it is more than likely bound to test their patience as well.
Published in The Navhind Times on 1st February 2015