Movie Review:Season of the Witch 2011

Synopsis from Wikipedia: “Season of the Witch is a 2011 American fantasy action film starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Dominic Sena. Cage stars with Ron Perlman as Teutonic Knights, who return from the Crusades to find their fatherland ruined by the Black Death. Two church elders accuse a girl (Claire Foy) of being a witch and being responsible for the destruction and command the knights to transport the girl to a monastery so the monks there can lift her curse from the land.”

Film poster showing a close-up of Nicolas Cage in knightly garb and holding a sword. A witch's face and flames are seen in the blade's reflection.

The reason for the accusation is the dreaded Black Plague attributed to the rats that infested Europe. But here the real reason is that the Devil wants to destroy the “Key of Solomon” -a Jewish (but Renaissance-myth) book of prayers against the devil and evil.

A girl-Anna was demonized and was thought to be a witch-a usual accusation for different persons. Here the demon makes use of the weakness of men in order to reach his goal of destroying all copies of his nemesis book of Solomon.

The fight scenes are really engaging. The character interplay between Cage and Pearlman was believable. And the eerie atmosphere of Germany was scary. It is a shame that this movie was not well received by critics. It is supernatural film-filled with doubts and mistrust of church officials-but in the end it is God and true valor that wins the day. What I like about is that it explains the Black Plague as something supernatural-when nowadays with scholars and the like they will explain every historical events in etrms of politics and economics. So different.


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