Summary: A violent mercenary fighting Spaniards in Africa for Queen Elizabeth I finds out his soul is bound for hell and barely escapes his sentence. Vowing a life of peace, Solomon Kane sticks to his path of redemption... that is until a brutal slaying of a family and the kidnapping of a young woman before his eyes has him back on the path of vengeance against the powerful sorcerer, Malachi. This movie is okay I mean it is not as bad as people say it is.
Summary: If you like action with a medieval twist (and some fantasy elements) - Solomon Kane is an excellent choice. There is plenty of sword action (and lots of decapitation) to go around and a fairly interesting story (though I found it a tad predictable myself) but James Purefoy does a good job as the titular character looking for redemption for his sins who turns to peace... only to have to resort back to violence to save his legacy.
Excerpt: "Solomon Kane" is an underrated sword and sorcery masterpiece. This is my favorite genre and I did not even know it was even released in the United States, which it apparently was briefly in the fall of 2012 after sitting on the shelf for 3 years. This is usually what happens to movies that suck, but that is certainly not the case here. I gave this movie a shot on Netflix, and man am I glad I did.
Excerpt: A murderous pirate renounces his evil ways in the hope of saving his soul from damnation but is drawn back to his violent ways when an evil sorcerer's army invades the land. Solomon Kane reminded me of a Hammer Studios period chiller done in the style of The Lord Of The Rings. The medieval setting and religious imagery of something like The Witchfinder General combine with some bloody, rain and mud soaked battle sequences to create a believably grimy world of...
Excerpt: With a 16th century setting, Solomon Kane encounters the Devil’s reaper. After a year in England, he is vanquished from the monastery he is staying at. William and his family assist the injured Solomon who was robbed. Samuel, William’s son, was slain, is avenged by Solomon. William’s daughter Meredith was abducted by Malachi's henchmen.
Summary: The criticisms of this film are inevitable, and not entirely incorrect. But for me, Solomon Kane rises above the usual formula in numerous ways. First, the character: much darker and more conflicted than your average action hero. Second, a story that gives that character time to breathe and grow, instead of becoming lost in a morass of action sequences and CG effects.
Excerpt: Good vs evil. The classic story that is one of old. In this case our hero is one that had a former life of crime. A crime that involved killing for treasure. A film based on the pulp magazine character Solomon Kane created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard. The cinematography for this film is outstanding. That alone is enough to wait out any film, but this also has great acting and energy that will keep you in the plot.