Seventh Son Sunday, 29 March 2020

Seventh Son

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy themes, violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Spook-y.

  • Starring:

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

  • Directed by:

    Sergey Bodrov

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters/creatures are punched, hit with objects, chained, slashed, near-crushed, netted, dragged, set alight, incinerated, caged, burned, stabbed, thrown off ledges/balcony, throat-grabbed, tripped, run through with weapons (sword/staff), kicked, flipped, pursued, bitten, torched, scratched, thrown through the air/overboard, near-drowned, attacked, eaten, pitchforked, tackled, branded. Characters jump from high cliff ledges. Objects/buildings smashed; objects thrown, doors kicked in. Explosions, fireballs, burning objects. Screaming, growling. Execution, assassins, slaughter mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody head/clothing/gashes/cuts. Bloody pool of water, blood-coloured tendrils, blood cakes. Scars, dry/cracked skin. Corpses, skulls, skeletons, ashes.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. A couple lay in bed together (sex vaguely implied). Cleavage. Near-nude man (skimpy costume).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (ale, hip flask). Bar setting. Potions seen.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Possible f-word. Name-calling.Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Witches, evil spirits, demon hunting, visions, family, training, study, destiny, sisters, mother-child relationships, protection, therianthropy, apprenticeship, talisman, honour, fantasy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered mothers. Murdered wife mentioned. Full moon, waterfall. Horses, dogs, deer, pigs, cow, chickens, worms, leopard creature, bear, winged monsters, dragons, ghostly apparitions, giant beast, witches, warlocks.  Glowing eyes (red, yellow), forked tongue, sharp fangs. Fur worn. Urination. Sweeping/high aerial cinematography. Very loosely based on Joseph Delaney’s The Wardstone Chronicles.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, ludicrous, swift, unpretentious, transporting, effects-laden, watchable. Exhilirating sense of scale/space/historical depth, serviceable visuals, impressive cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Incoherent, inane, gaudy, tacky, clichéd, overstuffed, benign, plodding, over-designed, under-conceived. Distracting/bombastic musical score, feeble humour, grotesquely uneven performances from Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

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