The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

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The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
  • Time: 106 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Breck Eisner
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine

Storyline:

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

2 reviews

  • Do you know what it’s like to live forever? We can’t even comprehend the amount of emotions one might go through in an infinite lifetime. It’s difficult to have friends, family, since you would outlive them all. One might as well become a fighter or bounty hunter. Well, that is exactly what Vin Diesel signed up for in this year’s The Last Witch Hunter.

    Kaulder, an immortal witch hunter, killed the Queen of witches hundreds of years ago as she was killing humans with the Black Death. Before she was slain, however, she cursed him with immorality. Unable to die, he has set out to kill witches, as well as restore order between witches and non witches as they try to co-exist in the modern world without chaos.

    However, when his only friend, Dolan 36, is found murdered with magic, he suspects that witches were involved, sending him, the New Dolan (Dolan 37th) and Chloe to find out why Belial, an older witch from that time, murdered his friend. With hints of the Queen returning back to life to start another plague, Kaulder has little time to chit chat with witches, with time being of the essence.

    At first, Diesel’s voice is riddled with his usual Riddick tone, but once he provides a couple of amusing lines, he begins to stand out as a new character, not one you’ve seen in his previous films. It is also motivating to see the magic genre branch out more in the current 21st century. It is easy to just provide us some medieval tale with old English words and accents, with witches that need to avoid the sun. With so many novels about the genre, it was cool to realize that The Last Witch Hunter didn’t come from an adaptation, classical movie, novel, or even a board game (sorry Battleship, you get no excuse). There’s a scene where Chloe attempts to take a selfie with a sleeping Kaulder as she says “say Witch Hunter,” with Kaulder quickly opening his eyes to repeat “Witch Hunter,” freaking Chloe out. It’s one of the few moments where you remember it’s a fine set in today’s age, but it shows that witches and killers can act like us in modern times. The modern world with witches isn’t anything groundbreaking after all, but it’s less obvious that what we’ve been use to.

    The chemistry between Kaulder and Chloe though is so awkward, and not because Chloe is a couple of centuries younger than him. Instead of showing Kaulder find a platonic friendship in her, the writers instead focuses on a potential relationship between the two, one that wasn’t flushed out at all, and merely assumed with cliché lines.

    The CGI for the film is questionable sometimes, with the Queen Witch’s face being insightful, but the background during the flashbacks were hardly bearable to witness. Half the time, you will be impressed with how some witches look, while other times you’ll be impressed with how bad some close up shots really look.

    Believing that an immortal would have trouble fighting off foes was an issue that the movie took too long to address. With the film hinting at making this movie into a franchise (or at least one sequel), it would also help to have more kick ass scenes with Vin Diesel. You would think that there would be various scenes that are awesometacular, but the movie fails to show a badass scene. But with the story being original, the story can be taken anywhere, adding hope to a franchise whose ceiling is high and full of magic.

    The Last Witch Hunter is this year’s John Wick, proving to be one of the biggest “I’m shocked it didn’t suck” movies of the year. Some fall backs here and there, but for what some might expect, this proved to be an adventure movie that won’t be forgotten.

  • “Today we both die. I curse you with life. To never know peace. To walk the Earth alone for eternity. You will never die.”

    Isn’t it fun when some old-fashioned witch hunting is being used in a typical action-fantasy film. The last time I saw a duo at work who wanted to nip this venom in the bud, was in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”. The latter was a mediocre film, with the proportionally balanced curves of Gemma Arterton raising more enthusiasm than the film itself. In “The Last Witch Hunter” such a person isn’t included, but in return Vin Diesel was willing to appear. And that’s a guarantee for bloated body parts. In this case the muscles of this walking wardrobe.

    The film needs to warm up just like a real diesel. Once this is done, it switches into a higher gear. Although I think it shifted into high gear, because it threatens to derail once and a while. The intro shows a group of medieval bearded men, armed with grotesque, primitive weapons. One of them is Kaulder (Vin Diesel) who lost his family because of the plague. These warriors plan to eliminate the Witch Queen who summoned this curse. Kaulder succeeds. But before the Witch Queen dies, she curses Kaulder to an eternal life. Flash forward to today’s society. We see Kaulder furiously (yep) driving a flashy sports car and living in an expensive penthouse where he enjoys his passion for beautiful women. In between he still tries to get rid of witches.

    What follows is a fairly fuzzy story about a conspiracy to bring the witch queen back to life. Kaulder tries to prevent this from happening with the cooperation of the not so evil witch Chloe (Rose Leslie). The witch hunter is also assisted by a person of a medieval organization called the Axe and Cross, an ancient brotherhood of priests. The assistant is a priest called Dolan (Michael Caine). When this counsel is apparently murdered, his successor jumps in to help (Elijah Wood). Yep, you can say it’s a chaotic story.

    My opinion about this average movie is short and concise. The best thing this film has to offer, are the sometimes dazzling special effects. And that’s about it, because the rest is really too sad for words. Uninspired acting (except that of Rose Leslie who took care of some humor) with a dead boring, emotionless Vin Diesel and overly geeky Elijah Wood whose white turtleneck irritated me throughout the film. That night I had more nightmares about this horrible clothing than about those nasty looking witches. “The last Witch Hunter” isn’t really exciting so to speak and sometimes it comes across as implausible. Diesel’s jugglery with some ancient rune stones aboard an airliner, to control a storm, is such an example. Pretty laughable. All in all I rather see Vin appearing in a movie like “xXx”, so he can flex his muscles again while producing that primitive growling of his. Apparently there’s a sequel in the making. I’ll probably let that one magically go past me.

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