The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

2007

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

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (80)

  • An orgy of portents that runs out of oomph.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Full Review…
  • By Americanising the hero and grotesquely distorting the plot, they can only alienate the fan-base and confuse the newcomer.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • An uncanny and unholy blend of The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense and The Seventh Seal.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The Dark is Rising is one of those awful sorcery tales where a spotty young boy (Alexander Ludwig) suddenly gets to save the Earth from supernatural creeps such as Christopher Eccleston.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A terrible bodge.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

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Audience Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

  • Dec 31, 2010
    After seeing such great fantasy adaptations like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia, other fantasy novels were trying to be successful. Some of them grossed $100 million dollars at first, but only one of them flopped and is why we get 20th Century Fox and Walden Media's The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, based on a 5-book masterpiece by Susan Cooper. It tells the story about Will Stanton, a 14-year old typical kid, who learns that he is the last of the Old Ones called the Light who spent many years trying to defend themselves from the Dark. The Rider appears and tries to destroy the Light and in order to defeat him, Will must find and guard the six signs of the Light and only them can they win the battle against the Dark. Ok. Some of you already know what the story was about since it was done a lot of times and I have no time to waste, so time for my opinion. Some of you won't believe this, but I've never read the book series to begin with, but with this being an adaptation, it's just sort of a bland movie. Not good, but not terrible. It's just a mediocre fantasy movie and here's the reason why. 1. Characterization: I'm not going to talk about characters like Will Stanton, Merriman, Mrs. Greythorne, The Rider, Maggie, and the rest of the characters. They did okay at their performances, but there were a lot of flaws in this movie and only one of them counts. In the book, Will Stanton was 11 years old and was kind of shy and a bit of a loner. In the movie, Will Stanton was changed from 11 year old british boy to a 14 year old american teenager and he is also shy, but kind of typical and expresses his feelings in the most irritating and emotional way. That's a nice way to change so much, 20th Century Fox. The rest of the characters were okay, but Maggie was changed from a maid to a love interest of Will, the black horse was changed into the white horse and that's all I'm going to say about the flaws. 2. The pacing: It is just plain awful. The first 20 minutes were okay since they tried to show some of Will and his family and the rest of the scenes turned out fine, but the rest of the storyline had to just rush towards the end. Of course, I'm not talking about the CGI in this movie. They were ok, but not given enough screen time. The dialogue doesn't quite cover it up due to its weak storytelling and shaky cameras. and 3. The direction: It's just plain mediocre. Not horrible, but not that good either. Some of the sets were too cheesy and bland to begin with, but that's not worth saying much. It tried its best to bring the potential of the book, but fails miserably with oversued cliches and like I said, the rushed storyline. The only aspect that I liked about the direction was the action sequences. Even though they weren't included in the book, they seemed to be very interesting and very good, IMO. The Seeker: The Dark is Rising isn't a horrible movie, but it doesn't even hold the candle to the book. It had decent characters and very good action scenes, but with a rushed storyline and overused cliches, it could have been better. If kids like fantasy movies, then this is worth a DVD watch, but as for others, read the book. 5/10 ** 1/2/*****
    Gavin C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    I watched it because it boasts a fairly strong cast giving me some cause for optimism and I was, in fact, reasonably impressed with the openning minutes - unfortunately, as it developed, the film turned into a disappointingly formulaic children's quest based fantasy - and not even a good one. Still, less discerning children may like it.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2010
    When those ultimate of fantasy book series, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, became unstoppable movie franchises, H'Wood execs rushed to find their next potential Hobbit or boy wizard. One of the franchises greenlit proved to be Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence. Comparing The Seeker with Tolkien or Rowling, though not apples and oranges, is an unfair evaluation…for the simple reason that no two billion dollar snowflakes are alike. Well-intentioned and mildly entertaining, The Seeker is slightly better than audiences would ever suspect…but lacks those unique X-factors which make sensational cinema. In this PG-rated fantasy adaptation, a young man (Ludwig) discovers that he is the last of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting a dark unimaginable evil. Despite his limited resume, director David L. Cunnigham makes the material seem more exciting than it actually is. With some inspired takes and choice cinematography, Cunningham keeps the simple story a-going. And by ‘simple,’ this reviewer means the following: The good guys use light as their weapon of choice and the bad guys come disguised as clouds of darkness—that’s that. The all-important issue of casting, however, creates a bit of a problem. Ludwig, though a fine young actor, proves less than compelling in the lead role. His All American-ness seems more appropriate for The Apple Dumpling Gang than as an immortal who saves the world. Moviegoers like their unlikely young heroes looking as everyman as Bilbo (Elijah Wood) or Harry (Daniel Radcliffe)—not Rolfe from The Sound of Music. Bottom line: The Dark is Reeking.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2010
    It was a decent movie 3 years ago! But now that I think about it, it is nothing short of a low budget kids film!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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