3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Got "Kane'd" but is good if you ask me.,
This review is from: Solomon Kane [DVD] (DVD)
This little film has really devided the viewers both at home and in the cinema.
What you have here is a DVD that you will either enjoy or never pay much heed to again.
Put aside that the main actor at times looks like Hugh Jackman (rumour mill is that Jackamn turned the film down for a certain sharp clawed anti-hero)and what you have is a little of plunkett and macleane, a little Van Helsing (the good first opening bit) and more than a nod and wink to some of the Lord of the Rings atmosphere (but no where near as grand).
James Purefoy is excellent as Kane, he has a gentle charm about him, then when needed looks just as comfortable hacking the odd arm off or unloading his flint lock pistols into his targets. The fight scenes are very good, Purefoy paid the price for the close up action when he did not duck in time and a stuntman's sword found his head a nice target. Stitches and blood later I'm pleased to offer that his sacrifice did not go unnoticed. The film does sag a bit in the middle, but maybe this is because they had to take out the "cave fight" which can be seen on the deleted scene section and also runs under the end credits.
The story could be a little more edgy, as the opening moments sees Kane's men being pulled into mirrors by creatures while storming a castle but really this is where the mythical quality ends and the rain, mud and blood begins. The locations used are very good, dark colours, rain pouring and a real sence of despiration and in some caeses isolation mirroring Kane's feelings.
This is not an epic film, but it's good enough to sit proud on my DVD shelf and I do hope they make a second film with more fights, and just a little more story to hold it together. In my opinion it's worth giving a look.