When was the last time Nicolas Cage made a good movie? Leaving Las Vegas comes to mind and that was a long time ago. Well if you're looking for a Nicolas Cage comeback in Season of the Witch, you're going to be disappointed.
I really didn't go into Season of the Witch with high expectations at all, but even those expectations weren't met. This extremely cheesy action-adventure film stars Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman as two knights forced on a quest by the church they have deserted.
The film, set in the 14th century, finds Behmen (Cage) and Felson (Perlman) in the hands of the church they once fought for after getting caught in their village. In exchange for their freedom, the two knights agree to escort a woman accused of witchcraft to a monastery where her fate will be decided by the monks.
Joining the knights on their journey is a priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), another knight (Ulrich Thompson), an alter boy aspiring to be a knight (Robert Sheehan), and a goods trader (Stephen Graham) who is released from captivity to be their guide.
The group faces many obstacles, including getting their cart over a decrepit bridge, and their own personal feelings about the true identity of the girl in their care.
Throughout the journey, Behman questions if the girl is really a witch or if she is a scapegoat for the blood-lusting church he abandoned.
The film is set in the 13th century, but has so many inaccuracies and contradictions, its hard to pick one particular timeframe for the film. The script is so muddled with a jarring combination of church-like Latin, 21st century language, and modern-day crude jokes, it's hard to really connect with the film.
Full of cliches, the film is so bad, it borders on unbelievable. Actually, scratch that, it IS unbelievable. It's hard to tell if it's a action-adventure flick or a gory demonic horror film.
Director Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds) seemed to have given up with this one, it didn't seem like there was any effort at all put into making this film believable or entertaining.