Posted on 3/19/12 09:54 PM
Sean Bean is uber cool as usual. Viscerally striking in a way which conveys the dark mood of the real black death very well. The action is pretty solid, and it at least makes an attempt to lend the violence at least some meaning in the context of religion, tolerance, superstition, and fear.
Things that keep this movie from being spectacular: plot holes, never fully committing to a supernatural or realistic theme, a preachy ending, and an uninteresting love plot.
The fact that some of the characters and some shots feel cliched doesn't detract at all for me. They're a double-edged sword; simultaneously making it feel hokey and also making the movie desirably--given the dark/hectic atmosphere-- more digestible.