The Last Witch Hunter review

Director:
Breck Eisner
Cast:
Vin Diesel
Rose Leslie
Elijah Wood
Michael Caine
Rated: PG-13

Vin Diesel is Kaulder (though it sounds more like Colder), a witch hunter working for a branch of the Church called the Axe and Cross.

After killing the Witch Queen hundreds of years ago, Kaulder was cursed with immortality. He’s used this ability to keep the world safe, but things start to get dangerous when rumors of the Witch Queen’s return begin to come out.

In the right hands, “The Last Witch Hunter” could have been a really cool dark, mystical film in the same vein as the “Blade” or “Hellboy” franchises. Unfortunately, the movie comes off as simply a standard action film with some magic thrown in.

There’s also distinct lack of substance, with a rushed story that doesn’t lead to any great climax, and style, with no interesting creatures or sets to be seen. Additionally, the dialogue is weak, laughably so.

One scene where one of Kaulder’s friends is cursed and he literally says something along the lines of “I promise I’ll lift this curse.” The script has multiple scenes like this where it feels like characters are holding the audience’s hand.

Kaulder is supposed to be a man with hundreds of years of life experience and wisdom. He is also supposed to be a person haunted by his curse. Now, I am one of the first people to defend Vin Diesel and I do enjoy his acting in some roles.

With that said, though, he just wasn’t convincing in this one. Instead of being a troubled immortal he comes off as just another action lead.

The supporting cast wasn’t too bad, but they didn’t exactly have much to do. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine are all fine, but their characters don’t offer much room for anything more than average.

The action is probably the worst part in this movie, which is strange since the selling point should be the action. Many of the combat scenes are so heavily edited and there are way too many cuts that it’s hard to see what’s going on.

“The Last Witch Hunter” is a mess. It’s not the worst movie out there, it’s just one that should have gone straight to DVD. Low 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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