Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
immortality / eternal life
death of spouse and child
battle between good and evil in this world
bravery / courage / self-sacrifice
Is there really such a thing as “good” witches?
What is the Occult? Answer
The Roman Catholic Church
|Featuring:|| Vin Diesel … Kaulder
Michael Caine … Dolan Thirty-Six
Elijah Wood … Dolan Thirty-Seven
Rose Leslie … Chloe
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson … Belial
Rena Owen … Glaeser
Julie Engelbrecht … Witch Queen
Joseph Gilgun … Ellic
Isaach De Bankolé … Schlesinger
Michael Halsey … Grosette
|Director:||Breck Eisner—“Sahara” (2005), “The Crazies” (2010)|
Atmosphere Entertainment MM
|Distributor:||Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films|
“Live forever. Hunt forever.”
“The Last Witch Hunter” opens with warriors about to enter the Witch Queen lair. We see Kaulder (Vin Diesel), fight the Queen, and, upon her death, she curses Kaulder with immortality. 800 years later, we find Kaulder has earned the title of the The Witch Hunter, and the Queen gears up to rear her head again.
Let’s start with the acting, poor to mediocre. Diesel is a dismal leading man, and his fellow cast appear to have phoned their performances in. The plot is anemic and underdeveloped, with shoddy execution. There are a few eye-catching images, but, overall, the film is subpar, at best.
The film in, its entirety, is objectionable. It deals with witchcraft and the occult paganism. Spells, chants, and magic are drench the film; it is offensive and dark. There are several cases of foul language and blasphemy. There is a one night stand implied, and there is heavy to extreme violence.
There is no biblical aspect to this film; God is not mentioned in any meaningful way. We, as Christians, must guard against any power that is not of Christ. Any practice that dabbles in a power source other than the Lord Jesus Christ is dangerous and deceptive, whether it be witchcraft, horoscopes, Yoga, and even some video games. They may seem harmless, but have no place in a Christian walk. Revelation 22:15 includes witches in a list of those types of persons who will not inherit eternal life.
I cannot recommend this film, and I suggest all avoid it. It offers nothing and has no redemptive qualities.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Moderate—damn, cr*p (1), s-words, p***, b*tch, balls, God’s name misused / Sex/Nudity: Moderate—models (witches) in bras, cleavage, passionate kiss
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
…part “Dungeons and Dragons” and part “Underworld” …it never really gels into anything other than a lengthy scrum of poorly shot and edited fight scenes, vastly overused CGI (killer bees!), and Diesel’s gravelly growling. …[1½/5]
—Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
…incontinently plotted and toe-curlingly awkward… thoroughly silly… [2/5]
—Rupert Hawksley, The Telegraph
…dismal and dull film… [1/5]
—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)
…Not for all the flaming swords in Dungeons & Dragons can “The Last Witch Hunter” be saved… [1/4]
—David Berry, National Post
…Terrible “Last Witch Hunter” makes no sense… [1/4]
—Kyle Smith, New York Post
“The Last Witch Hunter” should really be called “Another Franchise Hunter,” as it’s a loud, convoluted, digitally messy stab at a fourth movie series for Vin Diesel… and the one most likely to earn that “Last.” …
—Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
…The one truly impressive thing about Diesel’s acting skills is how he has achieved so much with so little. All smirk and bicep, he was once earmarked as the natural successor to Bruce Willis. But more recently he seems to have settled comfortably into Steven Segal mode, a walking bag of boiled ham whose expressive range barely extends beyond sleepy-eyed, guttural grunts. …
—Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
…The title should prove prophetic for this dreary, CGI-infested occult thriller …limp, lame-brained… Too drab to succeed even as defiantly unvirtuous trash…
—Guy Lodge, Variety
…even his rumbling charms can’t save this, nor justify its sequel-bait sign off…
—James Dyer, Empire [UK]