Seventh Son was originally intended to be released in February 2013, and I believe that principal photography had finished way before then. The film was then pushed back to October that year, and then it was pushed back a few more times and then finally, the film came out here today. And is it worth the wait? Absolutely not. The film follows the story of Tom (Ben Barnes), who is the seventh son of the seventh son. Because of this, Gregory (Jeff Bridges) approaches him and his family, requesting that he comes and works for him in his hunt to kill witches, in particular, Malkin (Julianne Moore), who poses a threat to them all.
Screw this movie. There, I'm going to get that out of the way right off the bat. Despite several delays, a change of studio and plenty of time to do reshoots (if they even did any. I am not sure), this is a film that was unable to be saved. It's a woefully unforgivable mess that makes very little sense, but doesn't seem to really care either. The film, thank God, doesn't really appear to think highly of itself. Sure, it doesn't think it's a bad film, but it knows it's nothing amazing and tries to play off that. Unfortunately, this doesn't work and the final result is somehow worse than it was looking like it was going to be.
I am convinced that nearly all of this film's budget was wasted on this one giant monster that appears about halfway through the movie, and I'm not even trying to be funny when I say this. This film is nearly two hours of utterly ridiculous CGI, none of which is remotely realistic or believable. That is with the exception of this one, ginormous monster that suddenly comes out of nowhere. To my surprise, and this doesn't at all represent the quality of the actual scene, the monster looked impressive. It looked worked on, and I guess that's the biggest compliment I can give this film.
The rest of it, unsurprisingly, is about just as good as the green screen, which is more noticeable than Julianne Moore's makeup. It's formulaic, predictable, poorly paced, even more poorly acted and utterly stupid. Seriously, nothing in this movie bears any resemblance of this strange thing we call 'logic.' It's over the top, cheesy as hell and excruciating to sit through. Much like two other films to come out so far this year, I have no doubt that Seventh Son will be appearing on my worst of 2015 list come December.
To sum up, Seventh Son is a long delayed film that maybe shouldn't have been released at all. It's a formulaic, poorly acted, predictable, stupid and utterly ridiculous movie that's derivative of any sense and lacks decent CGI.