Release Date: 3 August
2015 | 12 | Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Sergey Bodrov Cast: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington
Just six months since its theatrical release, Seventh Son already feels like a relic. There’s a good reason for this: the film went in front of cameras in 2012 and sat on the shelf for over a year, which explains why Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington has a bafflingly minor role while Ben Barnes has somehow ascended to leading man status again despite being, well, a bit naff.
Master Gregory ( Jeff Bridges) is a mumbly monster- hunting Spook who enlists the help of Chosen One Tom Ward ( Barnes) to track down big bad witch Mother Malkin ( Julianne Moore) and her supernatural assassins. Why Tom? He’s the seventh son of a seventh son, which makes him special because, er, reasons. It’s join- the- dots fantasy fluff with a cast of magical archetypes, bland monsters and derivative storytelling, all set in a generic medieval land. It would have been perfectly at home in 2006 sandwiched between Eragon and The Dark Is Rising, but feels hopelessly old- fashioned in a post- Thrones world.
It’s nicely shot, and Bridges and Moore are entertainingly hammy, but it’s a film that adds nothing to the genre, aiming only to distract for a couple of hours – and it barely manages that.
Extras: Making Of ( 25 minutes); a brief featurette on “seventh son” lore; deleted/ alternate scenes; an alternate ending; galleries of effects progressions.
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