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Solomon Kane (2012)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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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.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (15)

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
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
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
The Playlist

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
Shockya.com

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
Cinemalogue.com

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
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The results suggest a compelling movie could be made from the material, even if it isn't this one.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for Solomon Kane

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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Solomon Kane is a literary creation from the legendary Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), who was also the creator of Conan the Barbarian and the father of modern heroic fantasy.I've been waiting on this film for a while and I finally got my hands on the dvd from overseas since the film has not got a U.S. release date as of this writing and I have to say this film ended up being a very entertaining film with very good action scenes and a well written screenplay which constructed the main character on a quite interesting way.

Director Michael J. Bassett has only two other movies in his filmography (the modest but excellent war horror film Deathwatch; and Wilderness, which I have not seen), and the idea of putting him in front of an ambitious multi-national co-production may sounded risky, but the truth is that he made a very solid work in Solomon Kane.As for the screenplay (which was written also by Bassett), I appreciated the fact that it did not try to "modernize" the story; it would have been easier (and more economic) to move the story to modern times, but if the film had done that, it would have lost the heroic "taste" from the main character, as well as the historical content from Howard's tales, and his almost academic examination of the social contrasts during the puritan period in England.However, I cannot deny that the classic conflict between God and Satan, along with the many Christian references, could be interpreted as simple religious propaganda nowadays.

James Purefoy was excellent in the titular role. Frankly speaking, I had little faith in a lesser-known actor playing a titular role, but James proved everybody wrong. He was like the shining armor for the movie. Others, even though little-known, played their part decently enough to leave any bad impression.

"Solomon Kane" strength is clearly its stylish direction, taut storyline, fine character development, ample sword play, and adequate running time. Kudos to the Director Michael Bassett, who gives the movie a very stylish look. The camera-work, slow-motion sequence, action choreography added great depth to the movie. Giving scope for character development is very important and it was properly showcased.

The movie derides itself a bit in the ending. Like most action movies, the ending is reduced to One-Versus-All fight, giving a little unrealistic feel. Also, the ending came a little too fast. Meaning, the So-Called-Very-Bad-Guys were overpowered quite quickly and easily by the protagonist. Having said that, this movie is far better than most movies in the similar category.

Overall, "Solomon Kane" is a very good movie that will hopefully find a U.S. release date one day.
May 26, 2011
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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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