Season of the Witch (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Season of the Witch
After a while, the movie tires of the witch business and trots out a plot twist that permits the effects department to spend money.
Director Dominic Sena sets a quick pace; the dull moments are brightened by the unexpectedly likable team of Cage and Perlman.
Cage is effective as a falling down drunk in Las Vegas or a treasure hunter navigating goofy road trips but not as a disillusioned champion of the Church going one-on-one with a demon. Steven Seagal would have been more believable.
It's Centurion Deux without the second-coming-of-Carpenter pretense, though you still wish the trashiness were more distinctive.
Cage alternates between leaden line readings and thunderous outbursts, making his accomplished costars Ulrich Thomsen and Stephen Campbell Moore look even better. But the movie's worst aspect is the CGI, which packs no scares whatsoever.
Audience Reviews for Season of the Witch
I liked it. 90 minutes of saving the world.
08/01/2012 (Netflix, PS3)
For some people, just having Nicholas Cage and his absurd deadpan delivery and ridiculous expressions in a historical movie is inherently entertaining. I'm one of those people, especially when it's a movie that takes itself as seriously as Season of the Witch. Cage and Ron Perlman star as two heroic Crusaders turned deserters who are captured and tasked with either escorting an imprisoned, supposed plague-causing witch to her trial, or dying for abandoning the war. Just because the young woman is in a cage doesn't make her any less dangerous, though, and the closer they get to their destination, the greater the peril becomes for them and their companions. Season of the Witch actually turned out to be a better supernatural medieval flick than I expected. Sure, it's often unintentionally goofy and the action scenes are filmed and edited in a way where it can be tough to see what's even going on, but it wasn't boring and some parts were even fairly exciting. The ending seemed a little rushed, but surprisingly, I still find myself recommending this to anyone who's interested. It's not a masterpiece, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
Season of the Witch Quotes
|Felson:||Tell me Behman, are we going in there to defeat the demon, or to save the girl?|
|Felson:||When this is over, we will sit in the halls that my fathers sat in and drink ale and tell tales few men have lived to tell!|
|Behmen:||Grant me courage, oh Lord, as I am thy servant.|
|Debelzaq:||We're going to need more holy water.|