The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising


The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

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The magic of the book is lost in translation with The Seeker, due to its clumsy plot and lack of heart.



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An 11-year-old boy discovers that he is the last member of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of evil. As he uncovers a series of clues, some dating back to biblical times, the boy also discovers the future of the world rests in his hands.

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Critic Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

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  • A moderate Potter-teen fantasy about an American kid who comes to little old England with his family (dad's on some kind of academic posting) to find that he is the boy-king leader of a group of supernatural warriors.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A total dud.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…
  • Director David L. Cunningham's proffered chills are strictly of the lightweight variety: a menacing flock of ravens, a slimy skein of snakes and a couple of mall security yobs too fat or stupid to overpower even a spindly teenager.

    Oct 13, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A mealy adaptation of one installment in Susan Cooper's acclaimed book series.

    Oct 11, 2007 | Rating: 2/6
  • A movie that should've been made shortly after its source material -- Susan Cooper's Newbery winner -- debuted in 1973. As is, it feels entirely too generic to work today.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The acting is mediocre, the story rambles, the special effects -- average at best.

    Oct 8, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising


Cast: Ian McShane, Christopher Eccleston, Gregory Smith, Wendy Crewson, Jonathan Jackson, Amelia Warner, James Cosmo, Emma Lockhart, Frances Conroy, Drew Tyler Bell, Jim Piddock, John Benjamin Hickey, Alexander Ludwig Director: David L. Cunningham Summary: Just as he turns 14, young Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) learns that he's the last of a race of paladins known as "the Light" who are dedicated to beating back the forces of darkness and their malevolent leader, the Rider (Christopher Eccleston). As Will travels through time gathering the powerful artifacts that will give rise to the ultimate showdown, he must keep the Rider at bay. My Thoughts: "Movies based on books should make you want to read the book/books if you haven't. Not the case with this movie. It just was not made very well and the directing was as poor as some of the acting. The acting felt very cheesy at moments. I think with better directing and some better acting the film could be much better."


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Amateurishly directed, cheesy, repetitive and badly written. I just wish they would stop making these kind of derivative, uninspired fantasy flicks. Because it's at a point now where we get too much quantity and far too little quality.

Mike S
Mike S

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it was okay. C

Richard C
Richard C

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Eccleston shines as the bad guy. Decent visual effects but a choppy movie.

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