Solomon Kane (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Solomon Kane's formulaic and bleak narrative is overcome by an entertaining, straightforward adherence to its genre, exciting gore, and a gratifying lead performance by James Purefoy.

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Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents. As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But, when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn. One by one, Kane's men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the Devil's own Reaper -- dispatched from the depths of Hell to lay claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul. Though Kane at last manages to escape, he knows that he now must redeem himself by renouncing violence and devoting himself wholly to a life of peace and purity. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
R (for violence throughout)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Pete Postlethwaite
as William Crowthorn
Max von Sydow
as Josiah Kane
Jason Flemyng
as Malachi
Alice Krige
as Katherine Crowthorn
James Purefoy
as Solomon Kane
Rachel Hurd-Wood
as Meredith Crowthorn
Geoff Bell
as Beard
Jeff Smith
as Raider Captain
James Babson
as Skinhead
Ian Whyte
as Devil's Reaper
Rory McCann
as McNess
Richard Ryan
as Kane's Soldier 3
Errol Anthony Wilks
as Edward Crowthorn
Marek Vasut
as Tattoo
Samuel Roukin
as Marcus Kane/Overlord
Klára Low
as Onlooker
Ryan James
as Raider
Christian Dunckley Clark
as Lieutenant Malthus
Laura Baranik
as Prisoner
Patrick Hurd-Wood
as Samuel Crowthorn
Gordon Truefitt
as Stable Master
Robert Orr
as Kane's Soldier 2
Beryll Nesbitt
as Old Crone
Amy Huck
as Prisoner
Todd Kramer
as Raider
Mike McGuffie
as Another Raider
Andrea Miltnerová
as Old Woman Captive
Curtis Matthew
as Old Man
Ben Steel
as Fletcher
Frantisek Deak
as Cowering Guard
Tomas Tobola
as Hawkstone
Jiri Kraus
as Smith
David Listvan
as Gilligan
Matthew Stirling
as Eye Patch
Mark O'Neal
as Kane's Soldier 1
Thomas McEnchroe
as Young Monk
Andrew Whitlaw
as Older Monk
Lucas Stone
as Young Solomon
Isabel Bassett
as The Witch
Stewart Moore
as Garrick
Madaleine Bassett
as Young Sarah
Todd Benson
as Raider
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Critic Reviews for Solomon Kane

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (13)

Few characters have much to do but grunt and scream and bleed.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Been there, done that.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

"Solomon Kane" succeeds by embracing its identity as a straightforward genre exercise, complete with bone-crunching and blood-spurting action. By not aiming for more, it hits its target.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Who knew there were skinhead and zombie equivalents in late-Elizabethan England?

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's hardly original (and Max von Sydow is wasted in brief scenes as Kane's father), but "Solomon Kane" is worthy of big-screen appreciation.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Mr. Basset is too enamored of the usual action film clichés ... But he has a graphic visual style that suits the simplistic material and he keeps you watching even as the wet, sucking sounds of skewered flesh grows tedious.

September 27, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Solomon Kane

½

It started out with some promise, with decent performance by Peter Postlethwaite (I hope for posterity, this wasn't his last film!), but it devolved into an incomprehensible slurry at the end with bigger holes in the plot than had the Titanic. The costumes and special effects were commendable -- but what really was the point of it all?

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Decent mystery adventure film based on old pulp novels that lives off its really great locations and set pieces that look and feel real, making for a great gloomy medieval atmosphere. Even though the characters remain somewhat one-dimensional and the showdown is rather short, the film does never fail to entertain.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A murderous pirate renounces his evil ways in the hope of saving his soul from damnation but is drawn back to his violent ways when an evil sorcerer's army invades the land. Solomon Kane reminded me of a Hammer Studios period chiller done in the style of The Lord Of The Rings. The medieval setting and religious imagery of something like The Witchfinder General combine with some bloody, rain and mud soaked battle sequences to create a believably grimy world of superstition and violence that makes a nice backdrop to James Purefoy's intense central performance and it's this grittiness that makes it stand out from the never-ending crowd of Hollywood style comic strip action films. Unfortunately and almost inevitably, the script lets the side down; this is the third fantasy inspired action film I've seen this week, and the third that includes a plot revolving around a tough, amoral warrior that faces his nemesis to rescue a kidnapped damsel in distress. How original. And anyone who fails to guess the identity of the masked villain would have to be a paste eater on a Ralph Wiggum level. The cheesy CGI monsters tacked on to the beginning and end of this otherwise brutally realistic hack and slasher clearly compromise its vision and it's a shame that film makers today feel the need to play to the cheap seats in this way, every single time. Still, thanks to some strong performances and quality production design, it's easily the best of the three.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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