Overall Rank: 6766
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 54
Theatrical Release Date: 09/28/2012
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 07/16/2013
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Michael J. Bassett
Actors: Pete Postlethwaite, James Purefoy, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Ryan James, Samuel Roukin, Max von Sydow
Plot: A violent mercenary fighting Spaniards in Africa for Queen Elizabeth I finds out his soul is bound for hell and barely escapes his sentence. Vowing a life of peace, Solomon Kane sticks to his path of redemption... that is until a brutal slaying of a family and the kidnapping of a young woman before his eyes has him back on the path of vengeance against the powerful sorcerer, Malachi. -- Chris Kavan
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Indyfreak - wrote on 03/20/2020
This horror/swashbuckler inspired by the Robert E. Howard novels actually starts out promising. It's rare when the prologue is the most interesting part of the film. The action has this great style, it's quite violent, and the movie finds an ideal atmosphere between Gothic and goofy. But that is quickly dashed for a routine redemption plot involving Puritans, witchcraft, and dodgy CGI monsters. James Purefoy shows the chops for an action lead very similar to Hugh Jackman but there's a long wait between the opening action scene and the next time he picks up a sword.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 01/17/2014
A violent mercenary fighting Spaniards in Africa for Queen Elizabeth I finds out his soul is bound for hell and barely escapes his sentence. Vowing a life of peace, Solomon Kane sticks to his path of redemption... that is until a brutal slaying of a family and the kidnapping of a young woman before his eyes has him back on the path of vengeance against the powerful sorcerer, Malachi. This movie is okay I mean it is not as bad as people say it is.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/03/2013
If you like action with a medieval twist (and some fantasy elements) - Solomon Kane is an excellent choice. There is plenty of sword action (and lots of decapitation) to go around and a fairly interesting story (though I found it a tad predictable myself) but James Purefoy does a good job as the titular character looking for redemption for his sins who turns to peace... only to have to resort back to violence to save his legacy. Overall, while not a knockout, it is enjoyable.
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Nolane - wrote on 08/20/2013
"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 …
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/30/2012
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 …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/08/2012
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 …
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