Remember Seventh Son? The next big-budget genre movie from Legendary Pictures (Pacific Rim, Godzilla) was, at one point, scheduled to open in theaters in February 2013; it’s now slated to arrive on the scene two years later than that. Admittedly, that not all the fault of the filmmakers behind the fantasy/adventure, as it got caught up in the divorce between Legendary and Warner Bros. back in 2013 – resulting in the movie eventually being scooted away to an early 2015 launch.
A second theatrical trailer for Seventh Son has dropped at last (see above); it contains a healthy amount of new footage that’s heavy on CGI supernatural beasts, but doesn’t exactly do much to distinguish this movie’s hero’s journey storyline from countless ones that’ve come before. The film’s script was penned by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) and Steve Knight (Locke, The Hundred-Foot Journey), with Matt Greenberg (Reign of Fire) receiving screen story credit for his earlier screenplay draft. That is to say, there were some quality writers who contributed to the film adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s “The Last Apprentice” books. (Seventh Son is based primarily on the first novel, “The Spook’s Apprentice/Revenge of the Witch”.)
The same goes for Seventh Son director Sergei Bodrov, who’s been directing movies as far back as the 1970s - his most recent film being the critically-acclaimed historical epic/biopic Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan. Judging by trailer footage revealed thus far, Bodrov’s Seventh Son possesses the visual sensibilities and production values of a modern blockbuster, as married together with what is primarily the sort of elemental good vs. evil storyline you might find in a 1980s fantasy movie (see: The Dark Crystal, Legend, etc.). Whether that wedding is stable or rocky, remains to be seen.
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Here is the official synopsis for Seventh Son:
In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.
Bridges has amassed an impressive body of work over the course of his career, but the Oscar-winner’s most recent selections of starring vehicles (R.I.P.D., The Giver) – coupled with his tendency to speak like Rooster Cogburn in every one of his post-True Grit roles – have definitely left something to be desired; that much has been fairly evident in both his recent films’ chilly critical reception and weak box office turnout.
Will Seventh Son break that trend? Well, perhaps not, but as far as February popcorn movie entertainment goes, it looks as though you could do worse.
Seventh Son opens in U.S. theaters on February 6th, 2015.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers