The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
PG (for fantasy action and some scary images)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Alexander Ludwig
as Will Stanton
Frances Conroy
as Miss Greythorne
Ian McShane
as Merriman Lyon
Wendy Crewson
as Mary Stanton
Gregory Smith
as Max Stanton
Drew Tyler Bell
as James Stanton
John Benjamin Hickey
as John Stanton
James Cosmo
as Dawson
Jim Piddock
as Old George
Amelia Warner
as Maggie Barnes
Jordan J. Dale
as Stephen Stanton
Jonathan Jackson
as The Walker
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Critic Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (23)

A total dud.

Full Review… | October 18, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A mealy adaptation of one installment in Susan Cooper's acclaimed book series.

Full Review… | October 10, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The acting is mediocre, the story rambles, the special effects -- average at best.

October 8, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Poor writing and production values like these bring no light to Cooper's novel -- or the audience.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

½

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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½

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

Super Reviewer

it was okay. C

Richard C
Richard C

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