In Seventh Son, Jeff Bridges plays Master Gregory, a gruff knight who has spent centuries protecting the ancient world from malicious supernatural forces. When the most powerful witch he has ever imprisoned, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), returns to unleash her fury upon the land, Gregory must hurry and train young Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) – the seventh son of a seventh son – so that he may fulfill his destiny: become humanity’s new defender against the many dangerous creatures, sorceresses and specters waiting to strike.
The film is based on the first book in author Joseph Delaney’s The Wardstone Chronicles, titled “The Spook’s Apprentice,” and was adapted for the screen by Max Borenstein (he co-wrote the upcoming Godzilla reboot). Rounding out the cast are solid character actors like Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), Djimon Honsou (The Tempest), Jason Scott Lee (Hawaii Five-0), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Man of Steel scene-stealer Antje Traue.
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Seventh Son was directed by Sergei Bodrov, an award-winning Russian writer-director who began his career some forty years ago (but is not well-known here in the States). While the film’s trailer is quite CGI-heavy, the proceedings seem to have the same massive scale and mythical atmosphere that made Bodrov’s historical epic Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan feel like a genuine fable brought to life through the “magic” of cinema.
However, the fact that Seventh Son has seen its release delayed multiple times – most recently because of the split between Warner Bros. and Legendary – could be a warning sign that the film is a beautiful, but messy, fantasy adventure. All the same, the cast is pretty strong and the old world setting helps to distinguish Seventh Son‘s coming of age/light versus darkness narrative from the many other young adult fantasy literature adaptations out there (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instruments, etc.).
Seventh Son opens in U.S. theaters on January 17th, 2014.
Source: Warner Bros.
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