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Solomon Kane
     

Solomon Kane

Director: Michael J. Bassett, James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite

Cast: Michael J. Bassett, James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite

 

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A nomadic 16th century warrior, condemned to hell for his brutal past, seeks redemption by renouncing violence, but finds some things are worth burning for as he fights to free a young Puritan woman from the grip of evil. Adapted from the pulpy sword-and-sorcery stories by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard, the film opens

Overview

A nomadic 16th century warrior, condemned to hell for his brutal past, seeks redemption by renouncing violence, but finds some things are worth burning for as he fights to free a young Puritan woman from the grip of evil. Adapted from the pulpy sword-and-sorcery stories by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard, the film opens to find Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) and his ruthless band of marauders laying siege to a city in Northern Africa. Beckoned to an enigmatic castle filled with untold riches, Kane soon realizes that his greed has sealed his fate when the Devil's minions decimate his ranks, leaving him alone to battle the infernal Reaper (Ian Whyte) that has come to claim his tainted soul. But Kane cheats death, and upon escaping, learns that his only hope to avoid being cast into the lake of fire is to walk the path of peace. Meanwhile, as Kane makes his way across England, the sinister Overlord (Samuel Roukin) uses his ruthless Raiders to seize control of the country, killing for pleasure and striking terror into the hearts of peaceful Puritans like the Crowthorns -- who generously offered Kane food and shelter on his arduous journey. When the Crowthorns are brutally laid to waste by the Raiders, who subsequently kidnap and enslave their innocent daughter Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood), Kane vows to rescue her and prevent England from being consumed by evil, even if it means confronting his family's dark past and sacrificing his immortal soul in the process. Pete Postlethwaite and Max von Sydow co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A mixed bag of sorcery and swordplay, this special-effects-heavy international co-production featuring a character originally conceived by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard isn't nearly as wretched as its expired shelf life may lead some to suspect (the movie had its world premiere way back at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival). And though its penchant for Middle Ages-style moodiness may prove a bit too deliberate for the tastes of some action fans, writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Wilderness, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) succeeds at establishing a convincing air of fire-and-brimstone dread, and delivers at least two effectively spooky set pieces. The film opens to find Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) and his ruthless band of marauders laying siege to a city in Northern Africa. Beckoned to an enigmatic castle filled with untold riches, Kane soon realizes that his greed has sealed his fate when the Devil's minions decimate his ranks, leaving him alone to battle the infernal Reaper (Ian Whyte) that has come to claim his tainted soul. But Kane cheats death, and upon escaping, learns that his only hope to avoid being cast into the lake of fire is to walk the path of peace. Meanwhile, as Kane makes his way across England, the sinister Overlord (Samuel Roukin) uses his ruthless Raiders to seize control of the country, killing for pleasure and striking terror into the hearts of peaceful Puritans like the Crowthorns -- who generously offered Kane food and shelter on his arduous journey. When the Crowthorns are brutally laid to waste by the Raiders, who subsequently kidnap and enslave their innocent daughter Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood), Kane vows to rescue her and prevent England from being consumed by evil, even if it means confronting his family's dark past and sacrificing his immortal soul in the process. Although perhaps lesser known than Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane might just be the more interesting of the two fictitious characters, and Bassett's script does a commendable job of establishing the intense spiritual conflict that rages within him. When we first meet Solomon Kane, he's storming a castle in search of riches and ruthlessly carving up anyone who gets in his way. Drenched in blood as his small army cowers in fear at an unseen supernatural threat, he bellows, "I am the only devil here!" just moments before clashing swords with the Reaper. Kane is a villain who seems to relish his infernal reputation, so when we next meet him in a remote monastery, having renounced violence, we know something truly terrifying dwells behind his haunted, narrow eyes. And for the most part, Purefoy succeeds in bringing such a broadly drawn archetype to life within this context. Perhaps it helps that he has the great Max von Sydow and the late Pete Postlethwaite to support him in some of the film's more dramatic moments, but the fact that Purefoy can keep us from hating Kane even after we've seen him at his most greedy and ruthless helps to carry the movie through some of its more uneven stretches. Yet through it all, something about Solomon Kane simply feels too conventional and old-fashioned to set it apart from the pack. Whether it's the fact that Bassett can show a dozen decapitations yet flinches when shooting the crucial murder that steers Kane back onto the bloody road to hell, the secondary villain who looks like a rejected member of Slipknot, or the dull, predictable final battle against a giant CGI Devil, Bassett always seems to be compromising or holding back at the precise moments when the film could use some real innovation. For those reasons, it's somewhat difficult to recommend Solomon Kane to anyone outside of the character's established fan base, although if you happen to be a bored fantasy fan on a rainy day or a channel-surfing insomniac, chances are if you happen stumble across the movie, you'll give your thumb a rest and watch it to the end.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2013
UPC:
0013132606903
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Radius
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
32,336

Special Features

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Michael J. Bassett and James Purefoy; The making of Solomon Kane; Deleted scenes: Cave Fight; Special FX: The creation of the Fire Demon; Interview with Writer/Director Michael J. Bassett; Interview with James Purefoy; Original Concept Art

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Purefoy Solomon Kane
Max von Sydow Josiah Kane
Pete Postlethwaite William Crowthorn
Rachel Hurd-Wood Meredith Crowthorn
Mackenzie Crook Michael
Philip Winchester Telford
Jason Flemyng Malachi
Alice Krige Katherine Crowthorn
Patrick Hurd-Wood Samuel Crowthorn
Mark O'Neal Kane's Soldier 1
Robert Orr Kane's Soldier 2
Richard Ryan Kane's Soldier 3
Frantisek Deak Cowering Guard
Christian Dunckley Clark Lieutenant Malthus
Ian Whyte Devil's Reaper
Thomas McEnchroe Young Monk
Andrew Whitlaw Older Monk
Robert Russell Abbot
James Babson Skinhead
Marek Vasut Tattoo
Geoff Bell Beard
Lucas Stone Young Solomon
Samuel Roukin Marcus Kane/Overlord
Anthony Wilks Edward Crowthorn
Isabel Bassett The Witch
Jeff Smith Raider Captain
Matthew Stirling Eye Patch
Curtis Matthew Old Man
Laura Baranik Prisoner
Andrea Miltnerová Old Woman Captive
Ryan James Raider
Franklin Henson Landlord
Stewart Moore Garrick
Madaleine Bassett Young Sarah
Klára Low Onlooker
Todd Kramer Raider
Todd Benson Raider
Mike McGuffie Another Raider
Philip Waley Drunk
Gordon Truefitt Stable Master
David Listvan Gilligan
Jiri Kraus Smith
Tomas Tobola Hawkstone
Beryll Nesbitt Old Crone
Ben Steel Fletcher
Matthew Blood Smyth Merton
Rory McCann McNess
Amy Huck Prisoner

Technical Credits
Michael J. Bassett Director,Screenwriter
Marcelo Anciano Associate Producer
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Flash Barrandov Special Effects Supervisor
Paul Berrow Producer
Michael Berrow Executive Producer
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
David Evans Sound/Sound Designer
Ricky Eyres Production Designer
Samuel Hadida Producer
Victor Hadida Executive Producer
John Hubbard Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
Paul Jones Makeup Special Effects
Dan Laustsen Cinematographer
Andrew MacRitchie Editor
Ray McNeill Art Director
Vaclav Mottl Production Manager
Pavel Sagner Special Effects Supervisor
David Scott Makeup Special Effects
Mark Taylor Asst. Director
Kevan Van Thompson Co-producer,Producer
Philip Waley Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Solomon Kane
1. Scene 1 [9:31]
2. Scene 2 [8:09]
3. Scene 3 [8:19]
4. Scene 4 [7:59]
5. Scene 5 [8:19]
6. Scene 6 [6:39]
7. Scene 7 [6:48]
8. Scene 8 [:28]
9. Scene 9 [7:37]
10. Scene 10 [10:25]
11. Scene 11 [9:55]
12. Scene 12 [10:52]

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