Going head to head with the denouement of The Hobbit trilogy is no small feat. With an epic scale, along with just about every fantasy monster you can think of (as well as those you can’t), Seventh Son almost succeeds. The key word there is “almost”.
Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of a seventh son, which means he is blessed (or cursed) with the ability to see evil creatures that others cannot. When he leaves his childhood home, he is tracked down by John Gregory (Jeff Bridges), who informs him that as a seventh son, it is his destiny to join an order of noble knights called Spooks, who fight the forces of darkness. The only problem is, the once proud Spooks have all either died in combat or succumbed to the dark themselves and, with the witch queen Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), are amassing an army with the aim of destroying mankind. Gregory and his apprentice Spook are the only two who can stand in their way.
The plot is at once familiar from innumerable similar fantasy flicks and with leading cast members – Bridges included – guilty of slightly below par performances, the end product is a palatable, but largely mediocre affair.
Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) are two newlyweds whose romantic honeymoon in a remote cabin soon turns into a nightmare when Paul finds his new wife sleepwalking in the woods. After this, Bea’s psychological and physical condition both deteriorate as it becomes clear she’s not entirely the same person that Paul married. While Honeymoon will by no means set any box office records, it is likely to prove popular with those fond of films with a creeping sense of dread.
After finding himself kidnapped by a crazed killer in a leather mask, newbie detective Stan (Beau Mirchoff) desperately tries to stave off the inevitable, stalling his kidnapper by relating police stories shared at his weekly poker game as he attempts to come up with an escape plan. Ultimately, Poker Night becomes a frustrating blur with the multiple flashbacks, voiceover narration and non-linear structure making proceedings confusing and hard to follow.
Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) is a convicted hacker released from prison to aid the authorities in their hunt to bring down a high-level cyber crime group intent on exposing the vulnerability of a world that relies on shared networks. The chase takes them from the streets of Chicago, all the way to Hong Kong and Jakarta.
Akshay Kumar plays the role of Ajay, a covert counter intelligence agent and part of a unit responsible for fighting terror in India. The film, directed by Neeraj Pandey promises to be hard-hitting with no holds barred action sequences and, surprisingly, no songs. Shooting took place in Nepal, Turkey and the UAE.