Season of the Witch (2011)

It’s hard to believe that director Dominic Sena directed a then-almost-unknown Brad Pitt way back in 1993’s Kalifornia.  Now I haven’t seen that movie in years, so I couldn’t tell you whether or not it ages well, but I thought it was a fairly good movie at the time.  I never watched Gone in 60 Seconds, and the less said about Swordfish and Whiteout, the better.  Basically, Sena appears to have not been able to live up to the fame I thought he was destined for.  For shame Sena, for shame.  You have disappointed me greatly.

Anyways, who cares what I think oh wait if you’re reading this you probably do.  I had never intended on watching this movie, but it showed up on Video on Demand, and I said to myself “how bad could it be?”  Truth is, it’s not absolutely terrible.  It’s almost a religious road movie, with Behman (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) escorting a woman suspected of being a witch (Claire Foy) to some other town to be judged by monks.  And then The Exorcist breaks out, with the girl’s mind games screwing with Behman and Felson, as well as the rest of their party.

It’s not even close to a good movie, but it’s also not as terrible as you may have been led to believe.  Yes, some of the special effects are outlandishly terrible.  Yes, some of the dialogue is teeth-grindingly bad.  But at its core, it’s a buddy cop movie, and though Cage may be a laughable hero these days, Perlman plays his sidekick role to perfection.  However, without Perlman, this movie would be as bad as you’ve heard it is.

2 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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