SOLOMON KANE DVD Review
Solomon Kane took a while to be released, but it is now on Blu-ray and DVD. Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett, the film stars James Purefoy, Jason Flemyng, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Pete Postelthwaite, and many other character actors.
Captain Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) is a ruthless warrior who faces off against a demon that is hell-bent on taking his soul. Kane is able to escape from the demon, and takes a vow of peace and Godliness. After a short time in an English monastery Kane moves on to travel the countryside living a righteous life. Despite being attacked by thieves, he does not fight back and is severely beaten. Luckily he’s rescued by a Puritan family with whom he forms a friendly bond. The family is attacked and daughter Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood) is kidnapped by the evil sorcerer Malachi (Jason Flemyng) and his soulless henchmen.
Kane breaks his vow of non-violence and promises Meredith’s father William (Pete Postlethwaite), that he will rescue Meredith at all costs. William, however, believes the noble journey in the name of goodness will validate Kane and save his soul. Kane must quickly learn the identity of the kidnappers in the name of protecting innocence and discovering himself.
Bassett blends witchcraft and wizardry with puritan culture during the 16th Century. The story is very straight-forward and goes for the gullet with a sharp blade. The well-choreographed fight scenes, cinematography, and musical score are what make this film for me. I like the Solomon Kane character because of his journey from darkness to good. It’s easy to relate to the themes of redemption and the search for one’s soul.
The dialogue leaves a lot to be desired, and is downright cheesy at times. I guess it is not too hard to write grunts and groans during fight scenes. Solomon Kane blends into the pop-culture background because people have seen this type of story before. While it does have many solid elements like I mentioned above, it is lacking overall because there are so many other films that do what it does and do it better. If you overlook that aspect of the story and see Solomon Kane for the pure action and adventure and it’s themes, you will have a great time.