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With: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Ólafur Darri Olafsson, Rena Owen, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine, Joseph Gilgun, Isaach De Bankolé, Michael Halsey, Sloane Coombs, Lotte Verbeek, Dawn Olivieri, Inbar Lavi, Armani Jackson
Written by: Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Directed by: Breck Eisner
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images
Running Time: 106
Date: 10/26/2015
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The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Ex-spelled

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

If you thought witches quietly mixed potions and cast spells in their little hovels, think again. The witches in The Last Witch Hunter make a great deal of howling, crunching, clattering noise. The screen twitches and jumps along with it, in a great mess of jumbled, inky images and globby, writhing digital tree branches, or tendrils, or whatever they were supposed to be. In the prologue, and evil witch queen falls under the blade of warrior Kaulder (Vin Diesel) and curses him to eternal life. Eight hundred years later, he — of course — hunts witches. The one-dimensional bad guys snarl and cackle and fight the one-dimensional hero; Diesel plays a version of his Fast/Furious Dominic Toretto, an ultra-cool, know-it-all who doesn't need any help and is no fun to be around; sidekicks Rose Leslie and Elijah Wood have to try pretty hard. Yet the material is so paltry that not even Michael Caine can work his actorly magic (it recalls his helpless flailing in Jaws: The Revenge). Director Breck Eisner is known in some circles as the man behind one of the biggest money-losers in Hollywood history, Sahara (2005). Perhaps Eisner is cursed; this humorless sludgefest is just a loser, period.

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