Adapted from a story by pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard (the creator of Conan the Barbarian), Solomon Kane is the story of a ruthless, amoral mercenary who learns that he is damned for his transgressions and his soul will go to hell. He repents his evil ways and tries to live a righteous, moral life. After falling in with a clan of traveling Puritans, the daughter is kidnapped and Kane must return to his mercenary ways to rescue her, even at the cost of his soul. Ultimately, he realizes there is much more at stake than just the fate of his soul.
I must say, this movie is not high art, but it is very enjoyable. It originated with Robert E. Howard, after all. James Purefoy is excellent as the title character. Pete Postlethwaite, Alice Krige and Max Von Sydow turn in competent performances in supporting roles.
Lots of action, swordplay and sorcery propel the storyline. The CGI is dark and gritty and looks realistic. The costumes are well done. The film never spirals down into a sword and sorcery cheese-fest, as some films in this genre are wont to do.
It is nice to see another one of Howard’s creations come to life on the big screen. But not only that, the film makers have done the story justice by carefully crafting a decent flick.
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Worth a look if you sword & sorcery flick, or are a fan of Robert E. Howard or Conan the Barbarian.
Skip it if you don’t like bloody sword fighting or films about demons.
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