Although marketed as some very fancy and brutal movie, Solomon Kane proved to be another commercial milking project gone wrong. It’s not that bad, but with all that potential they have gone in some strange religious/boring direction. I mean come on, what could be more adrenaline pumping story than a vicious conqueror who is on a path of redemption, redemption with vengeance. Solomon Kane was a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, but after he found out that he is bound for hell, he chickens out and decides to try to redeem his bad actions. He goes in a monastery, and after his landlords chicken out and kick him out, he starts his wandering.

After a family of puritans offered to help him, he joins them briefly until the attack of the vicious band of criminals where he again chickened out, but finally realized his mission in the movie, to kick ass. What a pussy. And those tattoos could have been done so much better, the rest of the outfit is quite fitting and cool. Still, this movie is entertaining, especially the beginning and the end. The special effects were really good and breathtaking. So try not to be to irritated, as I was, about missed opportunities and try to look on a bright side. Solomon Kane is actually a classic seventies and eighties Sword and Sorcery movie, especially when you know that it was written by Robert E. Howard who also wrote Conan.

Director: Michael J. Bassett

Cast: James Purefoy, Samuel Roukin, Max von Sydow, Philip Waley, Philip Winchester, Pete Postlethwaite

Fun Stuff: Despite optioning the rights in 1997, filming did not begin until January 2008. The film is an origin story for the Kane character and intended to be the first of a trilogy.


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