View Full Version : Solomon Kane (Michael J Bassett, 2009)

Paul A J Lewis
07-08-2010, 06:20 AM
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Has anyone here seen this yet? I watched it last night and really enjoyed it. Sadly, I missed it at the cinema, so had to watch it on DVD - a reasonable substitute, but I would have much preferred to see it on the big screen.

I found the film to be a very effective throwback to the sword and sorcery pictures of the 1980s; there seem to be allusions to some of these films scattered throughout the narrative. Purefoy is effective as Kane, complete with West Country accent.

The climax has echoes of CONAN THE DESTROYER, but with Carlo Rambaldi's model work substituted for some efficient CGI. There also seem to be some little nods to Fulci's CONQUEST, although that may be an aberrant interpretation on my mind because CONQUEST's imagery has haunted me since I first saw the film in the mid/late-1980s.

Like CENTURION, SOLOMON KANE makes some good use of the British landscape, and in fact I'd go so far as to compare both films to the critical comments made about MATTHEW HOPKINS: WITCHFINDER GENERAL, inasmuch as their use of the British rural landscape has much in common with the American Western's use of the landscape of America - isolated figures traversing the land, fleeing from or seeking some form of vengeance. In fact, running with the Western parallels, the film could be related to the classic Western narrative of the retired gunslinger who is forced by circumstance to pick up his guns (the best modern example of this subtype of the Western is probably UNFORGIVEN).

I've read that Bassett was forced to make some trims to the violence in the film, so hopefully a version will be released with some of that material reinstated; however, that being said the picture is probably violent enough as it stands.

I have to say that the film surpassed my expectations, and should be to the tastes of most of the people here.

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Gary Banks
07-08-2010, 09:06 AM
Having passed on the comic book adaptations I gotta say this looks interesting.

Steve R
07-11-2010, 10:19 AM
Thanks for the tip, would have missed this one.
Kinda reminds me of The Sorcerer. Nothing wrong with that.
Haven't seen a good one in this vein for a while.

Steven Millan
08-05-2010, 03:53 PM
I'm still patiently waiting for this one to come out in the U.S.(whether it's on theater screens or straight onto DVD).

Chad Haden
08-08-2010, 01:10 PM
Count me in

Tim Mayer
08-08-2010, 03:25 PM
The trailer looks good, although I could do with less CGI. I'm sure it is about as close to the Howard source as the first CONAN movie.

Grant W
08-13-2010, 06:38 AM
I watched it the other day and really enjoyed it for the most part. The only criticism I had really was it felt a little over long.

Jon Houghton
08-17-2010, 01:00 AM
The trailer looks good, although I could do with less CGI. I'm sure it is about as close to the Howard source as the first CONAN movie.

is that sarcasm or was the first Conan movie actually close to the source? I've never read the books so I have no idea

William S. Wilson
11-05-2010, 09:59 AM
Here is our look at the SOLOMON KANE movie. A fun ride, but not quite there thanks to a faulty final act.