Sev­enth Son

Spook Cen­tral

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - Jor­dan Far­ley

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.

Some­times you can get the staff.

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