A heroic Crusader and his closest friend return home after decades of fierce fighting, and find their world destroyed by the Plague. The church elders convinced that a girl accused of being a witch is responsible for the devastation, and hence the monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. They discove...more
A heroic Crusader and his closest friend return home after decades of fierce fighting, and find their world destroyed by the Plague. The church elders convinced that a girl accused of being a witch is responsible for the devastation, and hence the monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. They discover the girl's dark secret and find themselves battling a terrifyingly powerful force that will determine the fate of the world. less
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I have seen such concepts onscreen before. Closer home, one manifestation was Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee. That was a gem of a film, which explored human emotions and questioned moralities. No such hard work here, just the basic, singular plot - a few good(or bad: you get to know in the end) men escort a prisoner through hostile terrain.
Set in the 1340s, this is the story of a trip taken by knight Behmen(Nicolas Cage), his friend Felsen and a few other people to transport a girl accused of witchcraft to a remote monastery in Saverick. Fighting wolves and scampering through rotten bridges, they finally reach the monastery, only to encounter some more surprises.
The movie is riveting and enjoyable, although the lacklustre storyline does it in. The writer uses stock characters for the umpteenth time and does not try hard enough to develop the concept properly. A period film can acquire varied hues... apart from chivalrous knights, irreverent sidekicks, damsels in distress and righteous priests. This was also necessary when you consider the time and effort that has gone into developing the sets and props to reflect the days of the black plague. Special effects are fewer, with most of the work visible only in the climax while the rest of the film is filled with filthy, boil-ridden bodies. There is nothing spectacular to report about the acting as well, which is not as much a complaint to the actors than it is to the film maker. Unidimensional protagonists rarely earn accolades. Cage is overcome with age - he is 47, and it shows.
An entertaining watch nevertheless, making it difficult to write this one off even though its badly made. If you liked Ghostrider, then in all probability you are safe partaking with your money in for Mr Cage again.