Director: Sergei Bodrov
Starring: Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams
Adapted from Joseph Delaney’s novel The Spook’s Apprentice, Seventh Son sees Tom Ward (Barnes) recruited to serve as the apprentice of John Gregory (Bridges) in order to fulfill a prophecy and destroy the evil witch Mother Malkin (Moore). The tale follows their quest and encounters with shape shifters, dragons, witches, magical jewellery, and the usual continuous talk regarding destiny and forbidden love.
Although the introduction focuses mainly on Bridges and his previous apprentice (Kit Harrington), the majority of the film is centred on Barnes and Bridges plays the old companion that every story involving magic seems to have. The film somehow goes from bad to worse with the amount of CGI used (not to great effect), and with the acting being poor in general.
From a simple plot, a lot is squeezed out of the film as whenever one monster is defeated, another rises seemingly next to the heroes. A lot of big actors (Hounsou and Williams for one) and limited to appearing as CGI characters and it seems weird that they would have been hired to not do any work. The finale is ridiculous as it is over so quickly in comparison to some of the fight scenes from earlier on in the film.
Having been in production hell for the better part of two years, Seventh Son relies on big names being squandered into small parts and CGI to pass the time. A fantasy adventure could have made for an average film. Putting a spin on it and making it all about the revenge of a broken heart – why?