While I love the genre of fantasy in all aspects of the arts, I was miffed and a bit disappointed when I left the theater. I had higher hopes for this film, but they were stomped to smithereens. Looking for something great that will please the whole family? You’ve come to the wrong place.
Based on Susan Cooper’s “The Dark is Rising” series of books, Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) is one of a large brood (including six siblings) who has moved to England for his father’s career as a physics professor. While adjusting to life in another country, he’s finally hit that age where life gets a little gamey: Fourteen. While he’s trying to maintain life as an average teenager, we know it’s not going to be that simple.
Building up to what’s supposed to be the climactic moment we’ve been waiting for, we find out that Will’s identity factors into various mysterious visions and situations that he’s been experiencing. Mentored by a faction that protects the Light against its constant battle against the Dark, he is encouraged to embrace his destiny and take the path he was meant to.
Generally, there were too many secrets and way too much information, which made following it very difficult. Everything that you would need or want to know remains elusive and ambiguous throughout that painful hour and a half, until some random moment comes and they throw you a bone. At those points, you are expecting some mind-blowing revelation, but you ended up feeling gypped.
Any cliche you can think of was brought out on a silver platter. You know it’s a bad film when you openly (and out loud in a sparsely filled theater) call the main character “stupid” after he does something that is, in fact, boneheaded. While I have not read any of the books, I genuinely hope that they are better than this lousy movie was. While the target audience was obviously children, there is very little of this movie that is truly appealing to anyone of any age. Pass on this one, people.
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