Seventh Son

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Seventh Son squanders an excellent cast and some strange storyline ingredients, leaving audiences with one disappointingly dull fantasy adventure.

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In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. He has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man's only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son. (c) WB

Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Master Gregory
Julianne Moore
as Mother Malkin
Ben Barnes
as Tom Ward
Kit Harington
as Mr. Bradley
Olivia Williams
as Mr. Bradley
Antje Traue
as Bony Lizzie
Gerard Plunkett
as Inquisitor
Zahf Paroo
as Virahadra
Timothy Webber
as Malcolm Ward
Marcel Bridges
as Jack Ward
Libby Osler
as Ellie Ward
Primo Allon
as Simon Ward
Taya Clyne
as Little Girl
Isabelle Landry
as Priest's Wife
John Novak
as Priest
Yaroslav Poverlo
as Head Councilman
David Cubitt
as Rogue Knight
Ryan Robbins
as Barkeep
Jim Shield
as Leader Soldier
Bill Croft
as Fatman
Fabin Woodcock
as Mob Member
Simon Burnett
as Boldmere
Thai-Hoa Le
as Fisherman
Candice May Langlois
as Mother with Infant
Thomas DuPont
as Young Gregory
Carmel Amit
as Crowd Member
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Critic Reviews for Seventh Son

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (104)

  • Oscar-winners Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore deliver two of the hammiest performances of their distinguished careers in Sergei Bodrov's overcooked sword-and-sorcery fantasy.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a real problem when one of your leading characters sounds like a cross between Bane, the masked mutterer from The Dark Knight Rises, and a man competing in a hard-boiled-egg-eating contest.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's lively and daft, and you find yourself wondering: all this expertise, and the best anybody could think to do with it was this?

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • Would it even have been improved if we could actually hear the dialogue? Probably not.

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You leave the cinema wishing you'd understood even less of it than you did.

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's far from the worst of this kind of movie, partly because there is so much talent, but it's hard to find that cheering. To say it could be worse is faint praise.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seventh Son

  • Dec 19, 2016
    Overall really lousy fantasy film with very little redeeming qualities. That's pretty amazing, considering the amount of acting talent coming together here. The uninspired and unoriginal script and the mediocre special effects allow little room for fun to have. It's not even particularly entertaining in a bad way. Just overall disappointing and lame. Only Bridges causes a few laughs.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2015
    The fantasy adventure Seventh Son is a poorly made film that's rather silly and pointless. When a powerful witch breaks free of her prison a spook named Gregory recruits an apprentice to help him defeat her. Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, and Julianne Moore lead the cast, and their performances are awful (especially Bridges). The writing is also incredible bad; as the characters are one-dimensional and the plot is convoluted garbage. And, the creature effects aren't that good either; lacking a sense of menace and terror. An underwhelming and generic fantasy tale, Seventh Son has little imagination and no passion.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2015
    Why can't fantasy movies just be *good* any more? Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore forget that they are Academy calibre actors and fluff about for what feels like three hours (though in reality is barely more than half that) in a movie that may have been based on a semi-interesting idea somewhere down the line, about a blood moon or seven ago.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2015
    This streak of not having seen any good movies since The Dead Zone is never going to end. Actually it's only been close to 3 weeks since that. Last time this happened it was with Cars 2. I hated that movie so much, but after I reviewed that, there was period of about a month where I did not review a good movie. I'd have to go back to see how long it actually was, but let's just say it was a month. It appears I'm being struck with that lack of luck in finding a good movie to review. Iron Monkey is the next review, so my luck will, hopefully, change tonight. But I digress, this film isn't nearly as bad as the trailers made it out to be. I realize that's not exactly high praise considering that the trailers made it look like the worst movie in about 5 years and I would still consider this bad. But there's a point in the film where I realized that this was, really, more of a B-movie than something that was meant to compete with, say, The Hobbits of the world. It's obviously not trying to compete with that. In fact, this is closer to 47 Ronin, the Keanu Reeves version, than it is to The Hobbit, LOTR, Harry Potter, etc. This is actually a slightly better movie than 47 Ronin which, despite having some B-movie charm, was an absolute disaster in terms of taking a concept and completely ruining it by throwing every wacky idea at the wall without much of a filter. I don't think there's any way that this film, in spite of how bad it is, actually reaches that level. There was even a point in the film where I thought I could actually have some fun watching this. Of course it was at the very beginning and before the film and its story started progressing, but the set-up was definitely there for it to be an unpretentious, silly film. There's still some hints of that here, but I don't think it ended providing enough genre fun to make it worth watching in a so bad it's entertaining kind of way. That's what I was referring to when I meant there could be some fun had with this, not that I actually thought it was going to be any good. Let's just say it wasn't quite as bad as 47 Ronin and it wasn't quite as entertainingly bad as The Room was. It would fall somewhere along the middle of those two films. Which is weird considering that this is, slightly, superior to the two films I've just mentioned. It just wasted its chance to do something silly here. The cast is certainly good. Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Olivia Williams (in an abbreviated role) are always good. I don't wanna say their performances were inspired, but I think that even these three knew the fate that would befall this movie. And, you know what, they still did about as much as they could with it. Ben Barnes is a little bit bland as a leading man and he lacks the charisma to truly carry a film on his own, but he's a decent enough actor to hold his own. The story isn't much to write home about and neither is the action, which is what this film, realistically, only had going for it if it wasn't gonna be entertainingly awful. And I say that's the only thing it had going for it because, really, who thought the story was gonna be anything worth talking about. Bridges' character recruits a seventh son of a seventh son in order to fight witches. Turns out this seventh son is also half-witch so that makes him special, since he's the only one with these attributes. And that's another thing, Bridges' character is part of an order that is all but extinct and yet Tom, Ben's character, is supposed to keep it from dying? I'm sorry, but the film did a terrible job at portraying Tom's progress as a witch hunter/killer/what have you. I don't think he's any better than when he started. He's, for the most part, useless and he doesn't do anything to make you believe he could hold his own against any witch of any worth his/her money. Yes, I know how the movie would like to portray him as he eventually did slay the main witch, in as anticlimactic a manner as possible to boot, but it felt more like a series of fortunate events as opposed to his progression from apprentice to badass witch hunter. Maybe it's just me, but that's how it felt. There are some cute lines from Bridges' character, but not much comedy as one would hope. It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it doesn't have many jokes either. It's honestly just a movie that comes and goes and doesn't really make much of a mark one way or the other. It is a bad movie, but it's not so bad that you'd find the experience memorable or funny. But it's also not something that I would recommend to anybody, whatsoever. I don't think it has anything that you really need to go out of your way to see. If a compilation of the best scenes in this film makes it way to YouTube, then I'd recommend that instead of spending 95+ minutes of your life on this. A few highlights do not make this worth recommending.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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