The Last Witch Hunter

The Last Witch Hunter

Director: Breck Eisner

Writers: Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rena Owen, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine, Joseph Gilgun, Isaach De Bankolé, Michael Halsey, Sloane Coombs, Lotte Verbeek, Dawn Olivieri, Inbar Lavi, Armani Jackson

Synopsis: The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images

Stevennix2001's Rating and Review Summary for those that want to skip the actual review

6 /10

Pros:

- Great action scenes

- Humor was funny

- Special effects were impressive.

- Michael Caine's relationship with Vin Diesel was great, and it was the heart and soul of this film.

- Interesting concept, but it's sadly very similar to other monster hunter related movies of the past.

Cons:

- Predictable story filled with cliches

- Villains are generic stereotypes

- The relationship between the young witch and Vin's character seems contrived.

If you've seen "Blade", then chances are you already know how this one turns out.

Like many other monster hunter type movies, "The Last Witch Hunter" is basically more of the same old shtick. A powerful witch casts a curse of immortality on a warrior, after he slays her. Forced to go on living, while everyone he loves dies around him. He allies himself with the church, in order to hunt down and kill various evil witches that seek to destroy humanity, while protecting the few good witches that simply want to live in peace. Think of the X-Men's Wolverine crossed with Blade, and instead of hunting vampires that they were hunting witches. If you can imagine that, then you pretty much have a general idea of what "The Last Witch Hunter" is basically like.

There's really not that much more to it than that, but if you're looking for some sort of groundbreaking fantasy epic along the lines of "Lord of the Rings", then chances are you're not going to find it here. However, if you're yearning for a monster movie about a guy that's killing s***, while acting like a bad a**, then "The Last Witch Hunter" might be right up your alley.

And let's be honest with ourselves for a moment, do you really expect any kind of Oscar caliber film from Vin Diesel at this point in his career? The guy is a modern day Arnold Schwarzenegger for Pete's sakes. You know he's always going to play different variations of himself in almost every single freaking role he jumps into, so why would anyone expect anything different?

Like most of Vin's movies, it's basically nothing more than an excuse for audiences to sit back and watch him kick a** and take names. That's all this film happens to be, and if you're okay with that, then I salute you for it. Sure, the relationship between him and a young witch seems a bit contrived, and most of the villains come off as nothing more than generic stereotypes, but who cares? Most audiences aren't going to care about that, so why should I? Although to be fair, the relationship that Vin's character has with Michael Cain's character is rather touching, as they share something of a brotherly bond throughout most of the film that acts as the heart and soul of the entire story. Sadly, Michael Caine is rarely in the movie.

However, the film mostly makes up for it's lack of a deep story with intense action scenes, which are surprisingly well choreographed. Not to mention the special effects are quite impressive as well. It only makes me wish this would've been in 3-D, as it definitely could've worked for this film.

Apart from all that, I really don't know else to say about "The Last Witch Hunter." Like most movies that come out these days, it's exactly what you'd expect it to be based on it's trailers. When you watch the trailers, you know this is just going to be another generic dumb action film, with little to no story content. We all know it. Hell, I'm pretty sure even Vin Diesel knew that coming into this movie.

And if you've seen any of the "Blade" movies, then you've already seen this freaking film. It's more of the same deal. Sure, there's a few surprises thrown in here and there, but it's still the same old story. While I wouldn't necessarily call "The Last Witch Hunter" a masterpiece, I wouldn't say it was terrible either. Just somewhere in the middle. Not too good or bad, but it's decent enough to rent out on DVD or Blue Ray, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pay to see this in theaters.

© 2015 Steven Escareno

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