Season of the Witch (2011) - Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Fourteenth century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

IMDB: 5.4
Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman
Length: 95 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 46 out of 219 found boring (21%)

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The narrative is a run-of-a-mill, if rugged journey tale, which sadly is rather uneventful and poorly pitched with a slumbering Nicolas Cage act as a deserting 14th century crusader who finds he transporting a women suspected of witchery and who's believed to be responsible for spreading the Black Plague.

There is no real excitement in the action scenes, the heroes are curiously unconcerned by the plague that they encounter everywhere, and evil creatures of various sorts are dispatched in a predictable manner.

Schut have settled for predictable plotting and a deplorably downbeat ending.

After the demon escapes, I was miffed that this thing wouldn't end, so I'm assuming the entire audience was feeling like I did: "That was exciting!

However, I found them unexciting and predictable.

First, the characters are simply too stereotypical and cliché.

Other great things about this movie is the action, which was choreographed well and entertaining with suspense and tension, particularly the moment where the characters have to cross a deteriorated wooden bridge, the cinematography was lovely with some gorgeous scenery and the special effects were superb.

Mokri's cinematography and "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" production designer Uli Hanisch's drab settings mute whatever scenic grandeur that the Austrian, Hungarian, and Croatian scenery provides.

A film about a small group of people who must defend or go on some kind of journey always seems enjoyable to me.

The script is dull and not much of it seems to be spoken in a way that I would imagine Templar Knights saying it.

"Season of the Witch" is a genuinely suspenseful and thrilling start to the 2011 movie year.

Stephen Campbell Moore was just a total mistake in this film, his role to the story was predictable and unneeded.

Rating : Acceptable and entertaining film that will appeal to Nicolas Cage fans .

That is the reason why I went to see Season of the Witch, Sena's most recent movie, with few enthusiasm, and unfortunately, my pessimism was justified, because I found it to be an uninteresting and very boring adventure film.

The central part of the film was a tad formulaic - it dealt with heroes coping with the hazards of the quest/journey, and getting to the end of the journey against the odds etc etc. Not exactly "Lord of the Rings", but it was I suppose competent, albeit somewhat predictable.

Its well enough shot to conjure an effectively macabre and misty mood at times, while Dominic Sena handles his directing duties with fair adeptitude, making for some exciting and sporadically stylish action.

Very entertaining.

This thrilling film deals with 14th-century knights who transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague which spreads death across the lands and villages , decimating life across Europa .

And was the ending predictable?

Ron Perleman as Cages sidekick is outstanding, and worth watching.

I walked out of the theater so thrilled to have spent my money on a Nicholas Cage movie.

In conclusion, Season of the Witch is bad movie which kept me very bored despite a few moments of involuntary humor.

The worst movie of 2011 so far .

Talk about formulaic.

In the end you get "another one of those movies" that follows every cliché in the book.

Predictable and laughable .

After 30 minutes, I was hooked into what I thought was an intriguing exploration of the moral dilemma that the Nic Cage character was facing, i.

I have to say this movie is neither fun or boring.

Everything comes across as a failed attempt to sound serious, but as non-monotone as possible.

It's fun, exciting, scary at moments - and well worth a watch.

For example, I thought the 'levitation' shot in the original trailer looked stunning...

Enjoyable B-Movie Popcornfest .

And it's dull, so dull.

The movie was entertaining.

watch it, keep all expectations low and i hope you enjoyed it more then me.

The movie is boring at best.

There are some exciting action sequences including the medieval-war sequences and the rope bridge sequence the director deserves some credit for doing them so perfectly.

However, oddly between the engaging dialogue there's some forced jokes that are ill-fitting at times and borderline cringe worthy.

What makes it entertaining in the end is the sustained air of suspense while being on route.

It's an exciting story plenty of battles , action and excitement .

But it's also a lot of fun with a brisk pace, unusually good comic timing and a gripping final fight.

Whatever you do don't waste your money on the DVD.

If you wanna see pretty visuals with a meandering pointless story, go see Tron.

The film is entertaining and not as bad as many critics and viewers have written.

Just like Drive Angry, Season of the Witch is a bad film that is entertaining enough to warrant a viewing.

But the characters are fun to watch, even a little engaging.

Intereting and Action Packed, But Predictable.

Terrible F/X that wouldn't pass in today's video games, a script that seems like it was originally out for laughs but was edited against that idea, and overall just a boring story that's poorly executed.

It gets very slow in the middle.

I heard from a unenthusiastic review (one of numerous scathing reviews out there, as anyone with the internet can tell) about the on screen shenanigans with Nick Cage and Ron Perlman were so enjoyable that it made the rest of the movie bearable.

After a gripping prologue which establishes that witches do, in fact, exist and can be quite deadly, the movie dives straight into the heart of the Crusades in the mid-14th Century, the stage for some of the bloodiest and most brutal battles in history; and also some of the greatest abuses of authority by the Christian church.

So I must say I enjoyed it, I just did not fell in love with it.

 Over elaborate set ups aside the film is entertaining, the opening scene truly eerie.

It's unexpected and I loved it!

While the action was both intense and suspenseful, it didn't give enough room for the character's to develop more and become someone who you related too.

It was very entertaining.

Stunning battles scenes illuminate the full-blown adventure with a plethora of engaging action set pieces on the combats in which the heads and limbs are slice off here and there and everywhere while other parts of body are slit open .

dissecting each and every role to the point of sheer boredom, while trying to out act everyone else around him.

While it may not be regarded as a great film, and seems to have slipped out without much fanfare, I have to say Season Of The Witch is never dull, very entertaining, and well worth watching.

A waste of time.

"Season" hovers on the edge of clicheness fairly often.

The ending is fairly predictable and the only reason I saw the end is because my wife said she was liking it when I asked here about 20 minutes in.

Conversely we are presented with Cage (post-'Kick-Ass'), weak characters, dreary interchangeable plot scenarios and a third act that decimates the entirety of the film that preceded it.

The fights were on the whole exciting and the great thing was that you could actually see what was going on, a huge positive in my books in an age where tripods are harder to acquire than a sackful of diamonds.

In fact, it was much akin to watching paint dry.

A long long film very predictable and boring.

The pacing oscillates between exciting and bland.

The acting is functional, the makeup and costuming is good (and often revolting), there is lots of action (which often coyly turns its head rather than display any real violence), there is a sense of production value which may be partly illusory, and there is an opening montage of fighting during the Crusades which goes on far too long after it has made its point.

An entertaining mixture of genres .

Save your money until it comes to your nearest Wal*Mart discount binds.

A very boring adventure film .

While the latter was a by-numbers Disney effort (plenty of effects, a general lack of heart), Sena's latest work manages to also be quite a bit boring and occasionally ludicrous.

"Season" is the more conventionally entertaining movie and anyone who appreciates Dark Ages-based flicks are highly encouraged to check it out.

Season of the witch starts off on the tempo it would continue to maintain; cheesy, cliché, and predictable.

That is not really high praise considering the quality of his previous work, consisting of dull, run of the mill, "action" films such as Swordfish and Gone in 60 Seconds, which is coincidently the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep watching it.

The settings and locations are beautiful, breathtaking like what you could find on a traveling postcards or national geography documentaries - this movie is for you.

Mind blowing I actually made it to the end of the movie watching and writhing in Mad Magazine nauseousness.

Bit slow at the start .

I deduct one star for brevity, but Season of the Witch, as it sits, is a really entertaining bit of escapist dark adventure.

Well at least it's a fast paced movie that is close to a hour and 30 minutes.

which showed, to extremes, when it came to Hollywood honoring his as some fantastic actor for a whole boring evening that was actually televised.

The acting was drab and seemed forced, the CGI effects were ridiculous and not at all believable, and the plot - Oh!

" So what the characters embark upon is a rather predictable narrative.

The picture packs great loads of action , special effects abundant , horror, breathtaking combats and a little bit of gore and blood .

Season of the Witch has very interesting ideas, many well executed, and I would deem it as worth watching.

Corny tosh, but quite entertaining despite itself .

Either way, the action and intensity of the movie was great, however, once particular things are reveal they storyline become just like the rest of those action packed witch movies.

The Medieval cinematography (castles, dungeons, villages, dark forests and breathtaking mountains) is mind-blowing and the two protagonists are great with their amusing rapport.

It's not a masterpiece, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

The plot was so predictable and derivative it merits an environmental award for recycling.

Sure, he was dreadful in this film, but over all I enjoyed it never the less.

But from a positive point of view, the mixture of different styles made this movie quite worthwhile, charming and especially entertaining and I didn't see the minutes pass and could have continued to watch this movie for a while to know more about its diversified characters.

With a cast comprised of screen veterans and relative newcomers, this period piece about witchcraft and true nobility will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

And it gets wrapped up with a too predictable and too quick battle at the end.

I came into the theater expecting a cheesy horror film with which to waste my time while my wife saw another film that I had already seen and disliked.

Accompanied by a scouser, a boy, and a priest called De Balzak (snigger), they begin their pointless journey.

The story is good, creepy at points, and has a rather good, unexpected twist at the end, so I can't say much against it.

This movie had me on the edge of my seat!

And the very ending with the kid and the "unpossessed" girl was just so cliché (hello...

If you want a good entertaining movie with decent acting, a decent script and a decent plot, then you will enjoy this.

Even though most of it is CGI, the outdoor settings, especially the landscape and the woods, are breathtaking.

So far, it's the worst movie I've seen all year.

That's about it, nothing special, but that's not my problem with the movie, my problem is that the movie is really boring.

season of the predictable .

As to the movie itself: yes it's horribly cliché, yes the all-American accents are pretty irritating, and yes the end is horrible, including the cgi-demon and the "riding off into the sunset" parts.

The camera work by Amir Mokri in this film is dangerous and thrilling .

An absolutely uninteresting group of generic actors that look like they've purposefully made their own costumes for a 'Game of Thrones' convention.

I recommend this movie for those who want to sit back and enjoy an entertaining movie..if u do, this movie won't disappoint you...

I expected a rather ordinary medieval movie with the usual clichés and the boring same fight scenes at always the same places in the beginning seemed to prove the lack of imagination and tension in this movie.

I thought there was a lot of tension and had me on the edge of my seat for a few scenes.

Behmen has his doubts but agrees to take the girl (Claire Foy), who is billed poetically enough as The Girl, on the long, dull, and dangerous journey so that she may have a fair trial against her charges.

OK, this may be entertaining for a lazy afternoon, where you can simply turn off your brain and watch it to while away the time.

In summary, while I quite enjoyed it, it was pretty cheesy, and not worthy at all.

Well, I almost fell asleep several times throughout the movie, because it was so hideously boring.

It reminded me most of the kind of old movies you see on Mystery Science theatre, with bad dialog and bad acting, but still compelling enough to watch.

For being such an entertaining sci-fi fantasy/action-horror, I give it a solid 7.5/10 including the ending.

First of all for those who rate this movie as a bad movie..i don't know what was all of you were expecting because this is a very nice entertaining movie for those who really enjoy "dark fantasy" movie...


Sure thing is also that the ending is quite predictable after a while and I found that the ending was too much focused on the rather unreal special effects that didn't quite have the magic I was longing for.

Musical score by Orvasson is evocative and spectacular .

The film leaves a few loose ends untied, a draws upon cliché to try and create drama and suspense.

Very enjoyable fun.

The performances are dull and listless, the dialog is uninspired, the color palette is relentless shades of gray, the score is unmemorable, and there's virtually no production design, as almost everything occurs somewhere in the nameless central European out-of-doors.

He was criticised as being a boring director then, and regrettably does little to shift this label now.

While there were parts that were really entertaining, the film suffers from a poor script and a lack of chemistry between the actors.

If you like dark adventures with good actors and an unexpected twist you will enjoy it.

At the beginning of the move, I told my friend, "If that witch raises an army of the dead, I have all rights to call this movie predictable.

but this is so badly done that it is only entertaining as a joke; it makes Lord of the Rings seem like an art film.

The supposedly exciting scenes, like crossing the rickety old bridge, the attack of the wolves and even the Grand Guignol-style face-off with the demons at the end, were plagued with unsatisfactory special effects.

Practically every cliché ever conceived about this period in history is present in this film.

All of the actors look bored, and I understand.

Season of the Witch was an enjoyable watch from beginning to end.

The opening scene was thrilling!

The story of this movie is good and entertaining, and the characters are somewhat interesting.

Behmen, sick of pointless killing, resists, insisting that he's pledged that she will get a fair trial.

It kept us on the edge of our seats.

) It would have been far better forget everything about witches and stick with a demon theme or, alternatively, change the title of the movie to something more appropriate, like "A waste of 95 minutes of your life"Throughout watching this movie you will be constantly sighing with disappointment as you have already predicted the next steps of the movie.

The story, despite the concept, is painfully clichéd that would make you feel bored.

The problem is that the more the characters walked, the more I felt that the story was going nowhere.

It comes off as a slow, old fashioned swords and sorcery tale, without any pretentiousness or flashy gimmicks that personally I found more involving than a lot of flashier, more style over substance action films out today.

The kind of cliché crap you'd hope the filmmakers would be able to not put their characters through.

The banter and friendship between him and Cage was enjoyable.

And as it would turn out, 'Season of Witches' is a very boring movie.

This is an entertaining movie, just look past Nicolas Cage's one and only facial expression.

If you happen to see it in the scheduling once it arrives on TV, do yourself a favor and watch paint dry.

Surprisingly Entertaining .

Entertaining introduction of Claire Foy .

- was predictable and played like a bad horror film.

A Rather Dull Season .

This was the first movie released in the year 2011, and it sucked just as hard as the worst movie of 2010 (Skyline), maybe even worse.

Season of the Witch could have been interesting, but it comes off as a bland blockbuster with very little to go for it.

This lame swordplay, much like the earlier Crusade battle scenes are supposed to pass as exciting entertainment.

Nay, this is more in his kind of bland-form of work.

Their previous collaboration, Gone in 60 Seconds, was a bland Hollywood summer blockbuster- also a remake I should add- and their latest Season of the Witch doesn't do that much better, though as a reject after being made by the studios has been dumped in January, and the first week no less competing against the likes of the even blandy-McBlandpants Country Strong.

Like Watching Paint Dry.

This movie was clearly trying to be formulaic, and with a concept such as the one at hand, I had no problem with that.

If only it gelled together better, if only it realised whether it wanted to be a rousing medieval fantasy or a creepy horror and got a better handle on its tone, heck if only it wasn't aimed at a younger audience with its PG13 certificate so it could get away with a few actual shocks.

Look out for a thrilling rope-bridge crossing a la "Sorcerer" (1977).

There is a bit of a disjointed feel to some scenes, and perhaps this is the reason for it.

Conclusion: Uninteresting.

Did I really waste an hour and a half of my life on this?!

Very enjoyable .

It's a kind of ho-hum story of a couple of knights and a priest and a would-be knight and guide escorting a supposed witch (well, who wasn't then if one was a woman basically) to a monastery.

There is also a lot of stunning alpine scenery.

In fact I found it immensely enjoyable from start to finish.

Very slow moving at the beginning and the person I started to watch it with wasn't impressed with it and left about 1/3 of the way through the movie, though if they had stayed they would have enjoyed the ending.

A contrived concoction of pious warmongering, witch-hunt hysteria and bad hairpieces, Season of the Witch is a laughable lark.

The direction lacks proper cohesion, and is aimless, sluggish and duller than a wooden spoon.

It was confusing because I wasn't sure if the director was taking us to a castle in the middle of nowhere to save the witch-demon-devil or if we were taking her to Middle Earth to drop her in the fires of Mordor ...

Entertaining and not as Bad as many Critics and Viewers Have Written .

The two assets that spoilt it for me were the cheesy, anachronistic writing and the characters, that were both bland and clichéd.

I mention this as when the trailer first appeared for this film, it looked like a gripping medieval horror type of film.

Season of the Witch is just that, an enjoyable movie.

Most of the other characters were also quite complex, escaping the cardboard cliché of doom and enriching the script.

Unfortunately the last 20 minutes or so, the film goes over the top in a strange , pointless , exercise of CGI effects.

I was almost kicked out of the theater for laughing so much at this movie; in all honesty, it is quite possibly the worst movie I've seen since "The Phantom Menace.

Cliché-Ridden Tripe.

I liked it, that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

In parts the plot reminds a disturbing lot of the really enjoyable and - again in parts - intelligent film " Black Death "(/title/tt1181791/), released last year...

While nothing about the movie is particularly remarkable or ground-breaking, the cast all acquit themselves as talented professionals and for most of it's running time Season of the Witch is an entertaining and watchable effort.

This makes for a tedious watch that would be better spent picking peanuts out of poo!

For some people, just having Nicholas Cage and his absurd deadpan delivery and ridiculous expressions in a historical movie is inherently entertaining.

January is notorious for being that time of year when the worst movies hit theaters.


The only thing saving this movie for me are the thrilling fight scenes, and this one suspenseful scene where the group are trying to cross a shaky, rotting, wooden bridge.

The opening prologue is at times so dark and dull in its lighting that I found myself squinting, trying to pick things out.

It will be marginally more entertaining.

A very entertaining historical action film.

And a very thrilling ending it is!

So, the gang is all here and so they go forth on their unexpected journey.

The biggest demon with wings is a rather dull looking flying reptile.

The religious overtones to the plot are probably inevitable given the subject matter, but the treatment of such themes is one-dimensional and banal.

My verdict – A gripping tale of courage and defiance is a definite to keep you on the edge of your seat through out this film.

Season of the Witch is another "quest movie" focused on the tedious path from the point A to the point B.

Nothing particularly special about this film, but it a very decent effort that does a good job in laying a foundation for the heroes actions and has a very intense climax.

Also the ending was a little unexpected and if you are willing to give it a try you can leave the theater talking about important topics such as religious fanatism, intolerance and self-forgiveness.

The overall plot is a bit daft and thematically agnostic but is made entertaining enough with some decent performances and enjoyable action sequences.

waste of time .

The movie plods along with little plot development or character development, and dishes out a grab bag of trite scenes and dialogue.

Suspenseful- it constantly kept you guessing, wondering who was the bad guy and who wasn't.