Su­per Solomon

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds -

THIS is a thun­der­ing block­buster treat for all fans of sword-and-sor­cery fan­tasy ad­ven­tures from a story by Robert E Howard who also cre­ated Co­nan The Bar­bar­ian.

The film shows Bri­tish ac­tor James Pure­foy is a ris­ing star with much more depth than Arnie in the Co­nan movie. At first it’s hard to like Cap­tain Solomon Kane be­cause he’s a vi­cious mer­ce­nary cut­ting a bloody swathe through 16th cen­tury Africa, killing peo­ple who get in his way of rob­bing trea­sure hoards with­out com­punc­tion.

Kane is in­vin­ci­ble with his pis­tols, cut­lass and rapier, but when he leads his men on a raid on an ex­otic cas­tle to plun­der its riches he bites off more than even he can chew when he finds him­self up against crea­tures from Hell, and the Devil’s own Reaper lays claim to his cor­rupt soul. But, on re­turn­ing to Eng­land, where he’s still haunted by ac­ci­den­tally killing his brother who had in­her­ited his fam­ily’s vast es­tate, Kane en­ters a monastery and re­nounces vi­o­lence.

Fright­ened by his broody pres­ence how­ever, the monks cast him out into a land where a di­a­bol­i­cal masked Over­lord is en­slav­ing the pop­u­la­tion with his band of thugs and ghouls. Luck­ily, de­spite his con­ver­sion, Solomon is not one to suf­fer ghouls gladly and, af­ter see­ing a pu­ri­tan fam­ily he has be­friended be­ing slaugh­tered, he takes up arms and prom­ises to res­cue their daugh­ter Mered­ith (Rachel Hurd-Wood) from en­slave­ment. It’s a bat­tle that threat­ens to be the death of Kane and sees him fight­ing mon­sters both hu­man and fan­tas­ti­cal. It may be dark, and there’s lots of blood­shed, but it’s a su­per ad­ven­ture with a great sup­port­ing cast in­clud­ing Macken­zie Crook, Pete Postleth­waite and Ja­son Fle­myng.

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