Season of the Witch (2011) Movie Review

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2011 | PG-13 | Action, Fantasy, Adventure
95 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Season of the Witch Review


14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

Season of the Witch (2011) is an American fantasy, action adventure horror movie that did not meet my expectations. The hour and a half movie did not waste my time, but I will not see it again. Season of the Witch was inspired from The Seventh Seal (1957). Director Dominic Sena (Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), Swordfish (2001), Kalifornia (1993)) had a great screenplay in his hand but failed at execution. The movie is filled with extreme graphic violence and gore. There is no bad language or sexual content. Season of the Witch is about two Teutonic Knights that return from the crusades to find Black Death ruined their fatherland. The Knights were given the responsibility by two church elders to transport a girl (Claire Foy) that was accused of being a witch and is responsible for ruining their fatherland. The Knights have to take the girl to a monastery for the monks to lift the curse.

Season of the Witch revolves around Teutonic Knights Behmen von Bleibruck ( Nicolas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas (1995), National Treasure (2004), Moonstruck (1987)) and Felson ( Ron Perlman - Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Drive (2011)) trying to save their fatherland Europe. Upon returning home from the crusade, Cardinal D’Ambroise ( Christopher Lee - Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)) who is infected with the Black Death plague gave them an order. The Cardinal told Behmen and Felson to take Anna (Claire Foy - Going Postal (2010), Wreckers (2011), Vampire Academy (2014)) to a remote monastery. The monks at the monastery will determine if Anna is a witch and if she is they will perform a sacred ritual that will take away her powers and stop the plague of Black Death. Some members of the church joined Behmen and Felson on their mission. Anna managed to escape on the first night to a nearby village but was found shortly after. The group lost trust in Anna and did not regain trust in her after she saves one of their members from falling from a bridge.

All of the monks at the monastery were dead from the plague. They found the Key of Solomon, which is an ancient book with holy rituals that is used to defeat evil. They began to perform a ritual on Anna and realizes that she is not a witch but is possessed by a powerful demon. Watch the movie to see which of the members dies during the battle with Baal, the evil demon. Will Anna survive this nightmare?

The movie was an okay watch but fell short, it had the potential to be a fantastic movie. The screenplay was awesomely done, but the director lacked the skills to carry out the flow of the movie. There was a lot of goofs in the movie. The actors all did an amazing job with their roles, and the sets were beautiful. It was an eyesight!!! The fight scenes became a little too intense at times, and I felt there could have been more dialog instead of nonstop battling.

About Season of the Witch 2011

Title: Season of the Witch
Year: 2011
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ron Perlman, Christopher Lee, Nicolas Cage, Stephen Graham, Matt Devere, Elen Rhys, Claire Foy, Robert Sheehan, Simone Kirby, Rebekah Kennedy, Nicola Sloane, Rory McCann, Ulrich Thomsen, Barna Illyés, Stephen Campbell Moore, Andrew Hefler, Fernanda Dorogi, Kevin Rees, Róbert Bánlaki, Kevin Killebrew, Nicholas Sidi, Lisa Marie Dupree, Gergely Korpácsi, László Imre, Norbert Kovács, Brían F. O'Byrne, Zsolt Viktor Magyari, Kirk Jordan, Ada Michelle Loridans, Gergö Horpácsi
Writers: Bragi F. Schut
Director: Dominic Sena