When I realized SOLOMON KANE had been made into a movie, I was instantly intrigued. I’ve read a couple of Kane stories over the years and always enjoyed them; as such, I had always hoped to see him materialize on the big screen. I’m happy to report this movie adaptation is worthy of the title and certainly merits your consideration.
If you are not familiar with SOLOMON KANE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay:
Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents. As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But, when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn. One by one, Kane’s men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the Devil’s own Reaper — dispatched from the depths of Hell to lay claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul. Though Kane at last manages to escape, he knows that he now must redeem himself by renouncing violence and devoting himself wholly to a life of peace and purity.
When I first thought about SOLOMON KANE in movie form, there were several things that I hoped the production team would consider: the film needed to be dark, it needed to be edgy, and the title role needed to be portrayed by an actor that can do both good-guy and bad-guy personas. Thankfully, all three concerns were addressed. The result is a great film that will take you on a hell of a ride (no pun intended).
SOLOMON KANE is shot well and looks excellent onscreen. The visuals set the tone and mood of the film perfectly, presenting a foreboding and bleak landscape in which to set the drama. Likewise, the cast does a superb job in their roles, with James Purefoy headlining as the titular character. Purefoy does a masterful job of showing both the light and dark sides of Kane’s soul. His performance lends a major amount of credibility to this film.
The special effects look good overall (some of the CG was only so-so), and the fight scenes are action-packed. The story flows nicely and there’s a nice surprise towards the end; a sort of ‘unveiling’, so to speak, that I wasn’t expecting. All in all, this is an entertaining and satisfying film.
I recommend giving SOLOMON KANE a look if you’re wanting some great sword-fighting or just some simple demon-slaying. If you give this movie a chance, I think you’ll like it. It’s available now in a variety of formats.