Jul 062011

[easyazon_image asin=”B004XFZ4JK” alt=”Season of the Witch” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519RqygpELL.jpg” align=”right” width=”300″ height=”369″]Season of the Witch (2011) is an action/adventure/fantasy film directed by Dominic Sena, written by Bragi F. Schut and stars Academy Award Winner Nicholas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Ron Perlman (Hell Boy I & II film series), and Claire Foy (Going Postal, and The Promise TV Series) in a film about 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

I have to say that I was surprised by Season of the Witch (2011). It wasn’t that spectacular, or hardly a memorable of film. Nevertheless, it most certainly seals itself in a B-movie class all its own.

Behemen (Cage) and Felson (Pearlman) are 14th century knights who warred with, and slaughtered the innocent in the name of God during the crusades for a little more than a decade. The film entailed spectacular battles and montages over time. The scenes, themselves, were fantastically choreographed and brutal. However, Behmen and Felson developed a conscious after one too many slaughter-filled battles, and realized that their doing “God’s work” resulted in slaughtering innocent villagers–women and children. They both decided to desert the Crusades and lived their life in exile.

In their journeys, they encountered the city of Marbog, where the black death–the plague–is rampant. They are soon discovered and met as deserters by the local religious order and their Cardinal, D’Ambroise (Christopher Lee), which I had to search for after viewing the ending credits because he was so disguised and layered under a tremendous amount of gruesome plague boils (makeup) that made him completely unrecognizable. The Cardinal, believed that a witch cast the curse upon them and that young witch or “the girl” they captured while mumbling strange things about town, was imprisoned in the dungeon below them. They were tasked to transport the girl to an old and crumbling monastery so that she may be exorcised by the monks there, reading an old tomb and ridding her of the demon. So she was caged up and drawn by horse and buggy–escorted by Behmen, Felson, a priest by the name of Debelzag (Moore)–Eckhart (Ulrich Thomson), who was grieving the loss of his own daughter to the plague and a bumbling misfit, Hagamar (Stephen Graham) who will serve as their guide. Lest I not forget, a knight wanna-be in (Robert Sheenan).

They encounter on their journey possessed wolves, an almost impassable bridge. The entire trip to the monastery was clouded in uncertainty as to how can this frail girl actually be a demon? Strange things began to happen, and Behmen begins to suspect that this young girl had something more about her than he originally thought.

The story main conflicts were the actual plausibility of the different elements that comprised the film’s intent overall–like how Behmen and Felson surviving the Crusades with not so much a scratch on them; women being considerably being labeled as witches and the root of all things evil in those times, etc. But this was okay because the film was actually watchable. The special effects were boss. However, you still get the same, bland acting performances from Cage, and Pearlman’s role was seriously undermined–only allowing him flat, one-liners and as an empty headed tank. But never matter. The pair did great together and enhanced the film and story engagement.

In the end, Season of the Witch was a mediocre film. I guess it was as good as it could have been.

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[youtube width=”555″ height=”261″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6QY5LOa6MM[/youtube]

Season of the Witch (2011) DVD features include

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Becoming the Demon – The DVD extra was fantastic because it showed how the CGI team came together to feature the unique special effects on how they enhanced the revealing of the demon sequence in the film. How the actors themselves prepared for the scene and how the movie magic came together. #awesome
  • On A Crusade – Was cool to watch because it showed some of the history the filmmaker used as a basis for the warring scenes in the film. Pretty neat.
  • Alternate ending – Just plain awesome. This should have been the ending for the film instead of the ending shown in the theatrical release. The alternate ending is much better.

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When AIDY isn't writing poetry, she likes to write film reviews. If she is curious about something she seen or heard, she'd maybe write about that, too.
  • I have two words for this: bad movie. It had some great names and great visuals, but where was the story?! I actually found myself skipping forward because i got bored.
    Nicholas Cage is a great actor, but i have no idea who picks his movies.

    • I had to suffer through it 😛 I think Cage is a “good” actor who’s taking one to many terrible roles. The story was lost and the best thing about this movie was the special effects. That was about it! Thanks for commenting!

      • Probably is “all about the money” for Nicholas lately. I hope he will make better movies in the future, he is a decent actor 🙂

        • He’s gotta pay those taxes somehow 🙂

  • For me, its a good one. Although the ending is not that great.

  • Dan

    The plot is intriguing,although this is not a traditional cage movie, i shall give it a chance.

    • The best movie Cage has been in was the film “Leaving Las Vegas.” I really don’t know what happened to him after that.

  • Alphonso@Financial news wire

    Now you compelled me to see this movie. I have seen hell boy, that is really a nice one. let see what it build impact on my mind.

  • As for me.. it was an “okay” movie.. I’m not that picky on movies but I got entertained in this one.. that’as all..

    and I think you meant “exorcised” exercised by the monks there, reading an old tomb and ridding her of the demon not “exercise”.. hehe

    • I fixed it, thank you 🙂 The movie was okay. The special effects carried the film. It looked good, but story was missing and I really expected more. You are right about being entertained. The movie at least did that bit.

  • Good review. Nicholas Cage is a very fine actor and I’ve watched almost all his movies but not this new movie. The new role of Cage in this movie is also something new and the review sounds good too so I’m definitely checking on Season of the Witch.

  • I actually liked the movie although it kind of missed the plot and the whole story seemed kind of shaky, but I hoped until the end that “The Girl” will be proven innocent 😐

    Yeah, I think I am naive like that.

    Also, I didn’t like the ending: I mean what are the odds that the woman would fall in love with the wannabe knight just because he was there when she woke up after the demon died.

    • I know! He was there at the end and suddenly–they ride off into the sunset. If only finding a ‘knight in shining armor’ would be so easy. Totally forgot about that ending–as I should have with this movie 🙂

  • I have read many reviews about this film and most of them are bad reviews, and though I heard a lot of bad reviews about this movie I would still give this movie a try. It’s maybe because Nicholas Cage is one of my favorite actors, and I’ve watched almost all his movies. Still Season of the Witch is worth checking!

  • John Cooper

    I gave this film a chance. Sure the script is real stupid, but it’s actually sometimes nice to look at. The locations were great and Perlman was pretty good. Overall, it’s dumb, but not as bad as people say.

  • jaust@Kettlebell Workouts

    Hmm.. it did miss out in having a better story line.. it somehow did not reach our expectation on the adventure but nonetheless.. It was still good enough… 😀

  • Totally unimpressed with this movie. It started quite well but eventually ran out of steam and just veered off course.

  • I saw this movie a few weeks back.

    Man…Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman…

    my favorite part of the movie was when both Nicolas and Ron stopped, and they pulled out a bunch of dollar bills and started throwing them in the air shouting “I LOVE MONEY, I LOVE MONEY…GIVE ME MORE MONEY!”

    Like…these guys used to be good…but now…near the end of their careers…they make these straight-to-DVD movies…and that is of value to them. Unfortunately…these men…they are frauds.

  • Alex Gracian

    My buddy was so excited to watch the movie then because he is an avid fan of Nicolas Cage but got so dissappointed afterwards. He did not expect that the movie will just end up that way.

    • I suspect many feel that way 🙂