In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes of The Chronicles of Narnia).
Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Oscar winner Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.
What We Thought:
I remember seeing the trailer for Seventh Son a few years ago and thinking it looked pretty terrible. And then the movie never came out. It got shelved and sat for a couple of years before being dumped in theaters a few months ago.
Now that it’s out on video, I thought I’d give it a whirl and see if it was as bad as I expected it to be. And you know what? It turned out to be a lot of fun!
I mean, it’s not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it knows better than to take itself too seriously. Julianne Moore gets to chew the scenery as a witch/demon/dragon, and Jeff Bridges does that thing he always does where he has long hair and talks funny. But every 20 minutes or so there’s a huge, special effects-filled battle sequence that makes watching this film quite enjoyable.
The plot is negligible and the characters are rather cliched, but those constant adrenaline jolts keep things moving and it’s hard not to just go along for the ride.
Seventh Son is far from great filmmaking, but for a purely entertaining day to kill 90 minutes, I’ve seen a lot worse.
The Making of Seventh Son: “Forging a Medieval Realm”
Visual Effects Gallery
The Legend and Lore of the Seventh Son
The Making of Seventh Son: “Defenders of Good” & “Resurrecting the Wicked”