The Last Witch Hunter Review
Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine and Others.
Director: Breck Eisner
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Klauder (Vin Diesel) is a witch hunter, who aborts the witch queen’s plan of wiping the humanity by spreading plague.was cursed an eternal life by her. From then on, he was accompanied by a priest called Dolan. When the 36th Dolan (Michael Caine) was killed under suspicious circumstances, 37th Dolan (Elijah Wood) precedes him. With the help of 37th Dolan, Klauder starts digging into the how’s of 36th Dolan’s death. In the process, he goes to Chloe (Rose Leslie of Game of thrones’s fame) to buy a memory spell, to relive his memory and find out who killed 36th Dolan. There he learns that the witch queen’s heart never stopped beating (If it were to stop, he would die) and the people who tried to kill the 36th Dolan are also trying to wake the witch queen, and consequently she would wipe out the entire humanity by spreading plague again. How Klaude, Chloe, 37th Dolan stopped the witch queen, saved the entire humanity (and also how they brought 36th Dolan back to life) is a story to be seen on the screen.
The cast is the biggest asset of the movie. Vin Diesel is as charming as ever. Michael Caine did a decent job as 36th Dolan. A riveting back ground score is what made the movie watch-able at times. Supposed to be a dark fantasy action thriller, the movie did a great job on the dark fantasy thing. If you are a fantasy buff, then there is a lot of such stuff that will lure you into this movie. Although some of the scenes are obvious inspirations from other Hollywood Sci-fi (Chloe as a dream walker reminded Cobb of Inception, the little insects riding the large trees is man running robots in Pacific Rim style), the magnificent scenery makes you forget all the stupidity that surrounds the story. The effort to Klauder and Chloe makes you amused ( for all wrong reasons though)!!
People usually say “Too much of anything is not good”. This is what The last witch hunter did. There are a lot of tangents which will distract you from the original plot (and leaves some bewildered). One thing I felt is, it tried too much in every aspect. They tried to include humour at wrong places, to build a relation between Klauder and Chloe where there is no room, the weak twist towards the end etc. They tried so much with the dialogue that they completely forgot on building the emotion (which might have been editor’s fault), which made most of the dialogue look ridiculous. This is one of the reasons which makes you feel bored to death at times. Over all a great premise, with a talented cast was let down as a wasted opportunity. There are more chances that you will leave the theatre confused than thrilled of what happened.
The supposedly dark fantasy action thriller fails to thrill and disappoints when it comes to action, but surprisingly surprises with its dark fantasy elements.
CB Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed by: Prudvi Nath……
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