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Solomon Kane (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

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Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents. As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But, when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn.

Jul 16, 2013

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Few characters have much to do but grunt and scream and bleed.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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Been there, done that.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (3)
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"Solomon Kane" succeeds by embracing its identity as a straightforward genre exercise, complete with bone-crunching and blood-spurting action. By not aiming for more, it hits its target.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Who knew there were skinhead and zombie equivalents in late-Elizabethan England?

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's hardly original (and Max von Sydow is wasted in brief scenes as Kane's father), but "Solomon Kane" is worthy of big-screen appreciation.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Mr. Basset is too enamored of the usual action film clichés ... But he has a graphic visual style that suits the simplistic material and he keeps you watching even as the wet, sucking sounds of skewered flesh grows tedious.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's not everyone's cup of bloody tea, but an unapologetic genre treat for those willing to dive in.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Formulaic, but it settles down into a fine if square-jawed groove, delivering rousing adventure of a sort which should generally please fans of throwback, morally black-and-white entertainment.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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Director Michael J. Bassett seems to know how to correctly handle the material, giving it a lightness of touch but also enough bloody and shocking spectacle to stir up viewers.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Writer/director Michael J. Bassett stages the carnage under so much rain-soaked filth, you can almost smell the stench. It's a good stench.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Uneven and far less deep that it believes itself to be, Solomon Kane is nevertheless a solid B-movie diversion that excels when sticking to its pulpy, action-fantasy roots.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The script by director Michael J. Bassett wallows in formula and takes itself too seriously.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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If some of the special effects aren't so special and the theology is bit foggy, director Bassett knows that there is almost nothing more inherently scary than a dark forest and leading man Purefoy brings conviction to Kane.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Bassett gives us plenty of reasons to respect his tale, then refuses to break that contract with cheap tricks or shoddy delivery.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

The fight choreography has a gracefulness bordering on elegance, and so it's a shame that these standalone thrills aren't better integrated into the film as a fully formed narrative whole.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Lacking a charismatic lead or villain, struggling with its big themes, it's not surprising this 2009 picture sat on the shelf for so long.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Audience Reviews for Solomon Kane

Michael J. Bassett and team know their Solomon Kane comics, that much is clear. I actually went through a spell of reading them in the 80's and 90's and I always thought they would make a great film, should the right director come along. Michael J. Bassett did a good job with what he had to work with but I feel this should have been better. The main problem is that too much is packed into too short an amount of time. Seriously, this could have been an awesome trilogy. The beginning sequence alone could have been half a film. If Peter Jackson can stretch The Hobbit over several films then why couldn't they make more than one Solomon Kane given that they have nearly 40 years of stories to choose from. Sure it doesn't have the same fan base but I guarantee it soon would have if handled right. There is a real lack of ambition here, Michael J. Bassett tries to show us that the story has legs but in doing so leaves nothing left for a future film. Maybe he didn't want to make a future film but I'd guess that it is more likely that the producers stuck their uncreative oar in and he just didn't get the backing he or the story deserved so did everything he could in one go (this is why we get so many stupid prequels). It's a good action film but overall it's a wasted opportunity but credit due.

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May 14, 2014
SirPant

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It started out with some promise, with decent performance by Peter Postlethwaite (I hope for posterity, this wasn't his last film!), but it devolved into an incomprehensible slurry at the end with bigger holes in the plot than had the Titanic. The costumes and special effects were commendable -- but what really was the point of it all?
February 15, 2014
cchclaw

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Decent mystery adventure film based on old pulp novels that lives off its really great locations and set pieces that look and feel real, making for a great gloomy medieval atmosphere. Even though the characters remain somewhat one-dimensional and the showdown is rather short, the film does never fail to entertain.
September 20, 2013
ironclad1609

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A murderous pirate renounces his evil ways in the hope of saving his soul from damnation but is drawn back to his violent ways when an evil sorcerer's army invades the land. Solomon Kane reminded me of a Hammer Studios period chiller done in the style of The Lord Of The Rings. The medieval setting and religious imagery of something like The Witchfinder General combine with some bloody, rain and mud soaked battle sequences to create a believably grimy world of superstition and violence that makes a nice backdrop to James Purefoy's intense central performance and it's this grittiness that makes it stand out from the never-ending crowd of Hollywood style comic strip action films. Unfortunately and almost inevitably, the script lets the side down; this is the third fantasy inspired action film I've seen this week, and the third that includes a plot revolving around a tough, amoral warrior that faces his nemesis to rescue a kidnapped damsel in distress. How original. And anyone who fails to guess the identity of the masked villain would have to be a paste eater on a Ralph Wiggum level. The cheesy CGI monsters tacked on to the beginning and end of this otherwise brutally realistic hack and slasher clearly compromise its vision and it's a shame that film makers today feel the need to play to the cheap seats in this way, every single time. Still, thanks to some strong performances and quality production design, it's easily the best of the three.
May 30, 2012
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    1. Solomon Kane: If I kill you, I am bound for hell. It is a price I shall gladly pay.
    – Submitted by Sandra M (2 years ago)
    1. Solomon Kane: There are many paths to redemption, not all of them peaceful.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Solomon Kane: I was never more at home than I was at battle.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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