106 Minutes, Fantasy/Action, M
Vin Diesel is immortal human Kaulder in THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, a supernatural action film that mounts a battle of witches v humans, set in present day. A truce forged centuries earlier allows witches & humans to co-exist and now Kaulder stands as humanity’s final hope to stop a deadly plague cast by the Witch Queen (Julie Engelbrecht), with the assistance of Chloe (GOT’s Rose Leslie), a good witch, and young Priest Dolan 37th (Elijah Wood) in his quest to save mankind.
Question – How do you know you’ve come across a truly bad film? Answer – When you’re watching Vin Diesel’s attempt at acting, and it’s still not the worst aspect of the movie! This knucklehead, who in my books goes down as the very worst actor in cinema currently (maybe even history!), isn’t entirely to blame though for the pathetic bore THE LAST WITCH HUNTER is. Even the majestic Michael Caine, who is the best asset within this reprehensible film, has difficulty maintaining a straight face when acting opposite Diesel. It’s truly a case of the great V the grating. Anyway, best I move onto something else now!
Early on, as a generic storyline hops onto its broomstick and flies past fairly pedestrian events, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER may somewhat entertain fans of the genre, at best. While the quality of the production always looks like it better belongs to a 6am weekend TV time slot, at least the pacing keeps one uninspiring event quickly moving to the next. But all that’s about to change. With a spell of predictable twists, unimaginative and cheap visual effects and its foolishly unconstrained, freewheeling attitude, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER is cursed to a level of boredom not experienced often in cinemas this year. And to later learn that a far more adept Timur Bekmambetov (the dude who made those awesome Russian fantasy thriller flicks NIGHT WATCH & DAY WATCH and WANTED, starring Angelina Jolie) was attached to direct originally just makes THE LAST WITCH HUNTER all the more terrible.
1 out of 5
Footnote to Parents
In my opinion, you’re punishing your children by allowing them to see THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, however it is relatively mild on the violence and coarse language. The scary scenes are not too intense or frequent either so from ages 13 and up is appropriate, if you must.
Moviedoc wishes to thank eOne Entertainment, Claire Fromm & Hoyts Melbourne Central for the invite to the media screening of THE LAST WITCH HUNTER.
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