Nicolas Cage's latest project to embody the "anytime, anywhere" motto of his career, Season of the Witch comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on June 28, promising loads of medieval dumbery. No offense to Ron Perlman, but you know what's in store when he's the leading costar.
Season of the Witch has Cage and Perlman as disgraced 14th century knights who are assigned the task of transporting an alleged witch to a monastery. Adventure and cheesy special effects ensue.
Season of the Witch is a typical early year release, meant to cash in on a mailed-in performances and uninspired directing like so many others. The movie is directed by Dominic Sena, who actually has a few big titles under his belt, namely Cage's Gone in Sixty Seconds and Swordfish. He also did the trashy Whiteout, which is more indicative of Season of the Witch's quality.
Season of the Witch is a cheap action-adventure with cheesy writing and a throwaway plot. If you look up "Season of the Witch" in the dictionary, that would be more entertaining than watching this movie. The movie somehow cost $40 million to make, which only begs the question: how much was Cage paid to star in this piece of crap?
The visual effects aren't very good, the acting is bad and the dialogue is cringe-inducing. However, it's the cliché story that really tanks the film. Writer Bragi F. Schut manages to construct the bare minimum in terms of plot elements to carry the film. Schut considers developing a "relationship" between Cage's character and the alleged witch (played by Claire Foy, who at least seems to be trying), but backs away before anything gets interesting. Of course, it doesn't help that the previews clearly show she's evil, eliminating any mystery around the "is she or isn't she?" question.
Season of the Witch has little redeeming value. Overflowing with cheese and showcasing its low production values, the movie should have never been released to theaters. As a direct-to-DVD title, Season of the Witch's quality would have been more average, but as is, it neatly fits into the "burn in eternal hell" category.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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