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08/20/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A Mostly Unseen Sword and Sorcery Masterpiece

"Solomon Kane" is an underrated sword and sorcery masterpiece. This is my favorite genre and I did not even know it was even released in the United States, which it apparently was briefly in the fall of 2012 after sitting on the shelf for 3 years. This is usually what happens to movies that suck, but that is certainly not the case here. I gave this movie a shot on Netflix, and man am I glad I did. James Purefoy gives a terrific brooding performance and the rest of the cast is solid as well. Director Michael J. Bassett hits all the right notes from the opening shot to the last. There is never any goofy humor, which can sink this sort of movie easily, and it is always dark, action packed and ultra violent. It is no surprise that the original character of Solomon Kane was created by ...

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05/30/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"Solomon Kane" by Yojimbo

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 fil...

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01/08/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Solomon Kane review

With a 16th century setting, Solomon Kane encounters the Devil’s reaper. After a year in England, he is vanquished from the monastery he is staying at. William and his family assist the injured Solomon who was robbed. Samuel, William’s son, was slain, is avenged by Solomon. William’s daughter Meredith was abducted by Malachi's henchmen. Its screenplay was effective with a few of my favorite lines: Father – “Every man must discover his own destiny.” Solomon – “I’m a different man now.” The picture’s action is fast paced coupled with brilliant camera direction and a gallant score. James Purefoy makes us believe in the redemption of his character and the will to change. Tempo of the storytelling tends to dwindle towards the middle. Solomon Kane is a wonderfully created flick who en...

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06/30/2010 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Excellent Story and Visuals

Good vs evil. The classic story that is one of old. In this case our hero is one that had a former life of crime. A crime that involved killing for treasure. A film based on the pulp magazine character Solomon Kane created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard. The cinematography for this film is outstanding. That alone is enough to wait out any film, but this also has great acting and energy that will keep you in the plot. There is rumor of a sequel, so this is a must for those interested in 15th, 16th century lore. A great tale of why good is with God and Evil with the devil.

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Pete Postlethwaite - The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Clash of the Titans (2010), and my favorite Brassed Off
Jason Flemyng - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Clash of the Titans (201...

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