Evil with Evil... that's the premise behind Solomon Kane,
a modern take on those classic "old school" Sword and Sorcery movies.
So, if you enjoyed films like Conan the Barbarian or
Lord of the Rings, than Michael Bassett's (Writer/Director)
Solomon Kane will be right up your alley. It worked for me!
on the creation by Robert E. Howard (Creator of Conan),
James Purefoy brings Howard's creation to life, thanks to the exciting
and sometimes predictable writing of Bassett. Solomon Kane is also a
Dark Horse comic book character and even though I enjoyed the writings
of Howard, Solomon Kane is a relatively obscure Howard creation. But
once I watched the movie, I was caught, hook, line and sinker. This was
one interesting character.
Set in 16th Century, Solomon Kane commences the story as a villain,
however after a deadly encounter with a creature of Satan, Kane is
forced to renounce his evil ways and lives amongst a religious order.
With his soul already claimed by Satan, Kane hopes to discover
redemption before he dies but unfortunately he is ordered to leave the
monastery due to a vision of one of the monks.
walks in the world of man, he once again needs to unleash his darker
side in order to save England from an evil that threatens the country.
This darkness is like the black plague but unlike this disease of the
body, the darkness is actually a demonic curse that has links to his
family, thanks to the sorcerer Malachi.
Through some careful flashbacks, we learn that Solomon turned his back
on his father (Max Von Sydow) and accidentally killed his brother
through an altercation. These are all key plots to the story. As he
journeys through England, keeping his bloodlust hidden, he meets a
family whom teach him more humility and guidance of the Lord. Fate
however once again proves a guiding force for Solomon as this family is
attacked by the demonic curse and their daughter Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood)
to take up arms again, Solomon is bound for hell if he kills again and
unleashes his fury in order to save the girl and that of England itself.
The story may be clichéd and over the top at times but it contains some
brilliant acting by Purefoy as Solomon Kane. Add in Pete Postlethwaite,
Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alice Krige, Jason Fleming and Mackenzie Crook, the
characters are real and relatable.
you have the action scenes... awesome. With so many impressive scenes in
the movie, it's hard to pick a favourite but when Solomon shoots two
guns at two riders or when he throws his sword at a witch, it's actually
quite thrilling to watch and sets the scene rather well. The special
effects of Solomon Kane are a little dodgy but for the most part, they
suit this genre perfectly. With a well written story, great acting and
action to die for, Solomon Kane comes together perfectly, especially on
Video, Audio & Special Features
Blu-ray, Solomon Kane supports 16:9 widescreen with deep blacks, sharp
images and vibrant colours. I saw no artifacting whatsoever. Match that
with DTS-HD 5.1 and this is a true cinematic experience from start to
finish. There's also a bevy of special features from an introduction by
Director/Writer Michael J. Bassett, a making of featurette, deleted
scenes and much much more. For a rather unknown film, they have added
some decent special features and more importantly, they were quite
enjoy the sword and sorcery genre like me, than Solomon Kane is
definitely for you! Mindless fun!