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.