Sev­enth Son (12)

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Based on the first of a 14-part se­ries of nov­els, lit­tle-known Rus­sian di­rec­tor Sergey Bo­drov cre­ates a vis­ually vi­brant but emo­tion­ally hol­low world.

More prac­ti­cal ef­fects and old­fash­ioned pros­thet­ics would’ve been a bet­ter road to go down than the over­dose of of­ten-ropey CGI.

Don’t feel bad if you think you’ve seen this all be­fore: the young ap­pren­tice, griz­zly vet­eran, cho­sen ones and wicked witches can all be ticked off the fan­tasy flick check­list.

And there’s no charis­matic hero to di­vert from the fa­mil­iar­ity with Ben Barnes as bland as ever, while Jeff Bridges and Ju­lianne Moore phone in their per­for­mances.

Another 13 en­tries of this? No thank you!

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