Simon Callow provides a fearless performance as the "reincarnation" of Aleister Crowley. The kind of performance that would make (or break) his career had it been in a film that anybody had actually seen.
Bruce Dickinson (of Heavy Metal group, IRON MAIDEN fame) has co-written a script that most people, (unfamiliar with Crowley)... could probably NOT follow (or would even want to). This perhaps, goes a long way in explaining why so few people saw this film.
The writer(s) are obviously quite familiar with the historical Crowley and use the tales of his legendary depravity well enough in the film..... but it's difficult to convey the complex essense of the real man in a film where a fictitious portrayal to the "uninitiated viewer"... could only be received as "incredulously" at best.
If you have NO idea who Crowley was, then this film will probably seem unbelievably strange, depraved, offensive and overly excessive to you...
If you DO know about Crowley and his colourful history... well, most likely you'll probably be angered, annoyed and not just a bit disappointed, dismissing it as a fanciful and offensive work.
I know enough about Crowley to be intrigued... but don't care enough to be offended... so I'm somwhere in the middle.
Approach this film with caution.
The actor playing Crowley (Simon Callow) is a revelation
Forced Iron Maiden
Final Analysis: Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, wrote this. While I appreciate Iron Maiden's musical endeavors, I don't care if they make movies. I got this because, as will become more abundantly clear, I am interested by the supernatural and the occult, observationally only. Aleister Crowley is a gargantuan figure in that world. So, this movie piqued my curiosity. A film about Crowley could go several different avenues, I know that originally this was to be a period piece, but the budget to do that and pull it off couldn't be secured. They brought Crowley in to the modern world and when, and only when, Crowley, is on the screen, this movie is captivating. The actor playing Crowley, Simon Callow, delivers an amazingly staggering performance, fearless and uninhibited. Oscar Worthy. They demonstrate the perversity of Crowley well. Its a shame such a good performance is lost in such rudimentary story and convoluted narrative. The 40% really is just because of Simon Callow, everyone else couldn't act.
NOT TOO GOOD.