The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (12A)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>1</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 16 2007

Another 14-year-old boy discovers the future of humanity depends on his magical powers in this over-familiar fantasy adventure adapted from the acclaimed series of novels by British writer Susan Cooper. Her fans are appalled by what they see as this dumbed-down version, minus the Arthurian mythology underpinning the original story, and their distress is understandable. Screenwriter John Hodge (he of ‘Trainspotting’ fame) struggles to bring much resonance to the proceedings because he’s too busy explaining the plot – then explaining it all over again. So, Alexander Ludwig’s hesitant hero, whose American family have relocated to the English countryside, learns from enigmatic butler Ian McShane that he is ‘The Seeker’, whose task it is to locate a series of tokens secreted throughout time, enabling the forces of ‘The Light’ to vanquish ‘The Dark’ (as represented by Christopher Eccleston’s not-that-scary ‘Rider’). Got that? Well, for some reason there are only five days before the evils of rising CGI lay waste to this rural enclave, but without much tension, imagination or self-deprecating humour, it’s hard to care. A total dud.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Oct 19, 2007

Duration:

99 mins

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chloe

WORST MOVIE EVER! I had to turn it off because at the end where he blabs on about "Im the sixth sign" and made me wish that the kid lost and the bad guy won! That would improve it. Over all, terrible acting, terrible graphics and just boring the whole way through. I watched it all the way through the first time, wishing for something to happen but nothing cool did. Not worth the money I paid to watch it.

chloe

WORST MOVIE EVER! I had to turn it off because at the end where he blabs on about "Im the sixth sign" and made me wish that the kid lost and the bad guy won! That would improve it. Over all, terrible acting, terrible graphics and just boring the whole way through. I watched it all the way through the first time, wishing for something to happen but nothing cool did. Not worth the money I paid to watch it.

sophia

i thought the movie was GREAT. i don't know what you others mean about the crappness stuff...

sophia

i thought the movie was GREAT. i don't know what you others mean about the crappness stuff...

louise

i had to watch this for a class novel and this, was not liked by ANYONE

louise

i had to watch this for a class novel and this, was not liked by ANYONE

chris

Absolutely appauling. From an adult perspective it's the worst film i've ever seen. The only thing scary about Christopher Eccleston is his acting and don't get me started on Ian Mc shane. Maybe it's because i grew up with the excellent susan cooper novel and a part of me wanted the film to match the novels disturbing darkness and themes. To summerise: read the book, you won't be disappointed.

chris

Absolutely appauling. From an adult perspective it's the worst film i've ever seen. The only thing scary about Christopher Eccleston is his acting and don't get me started on Ian Mc shane. Maybe it's because i grew up with the excellent susan cooper novel and a part of me wanted the film to match the novels disturbing darkness and themes. To summerise: read the book, you won't be disappointed.

Jonny

absolutey the worst film i have seen in a long time. terrible acting and the plot is awful. some scenes had myself and many other movie-goers in stitches laughing at the poor acting. worth watching for a laugh though i suppose!

Jonny

absolutey the worst film i have seen in a long time. terrible acting and the plot is awful. some scenes had myself and many other movie-goers in stitches laughing at the poor acting. worth watching for a laugh though i suppose!

Christina

Excellent childrens film, predictable and not enough depth for adults, but clever advertising and markeing encouraged us to see it. Disappointing adult viewing.

Christina

Excellent childrens film, predictable and not enough depth for adults, but clever advertising and markeing encouraged us to see it. Disappointing adult viewing.

jamie

i found the film really good and wish it had gone on longer. i would recommend it to anyone!!

jamie

i found the film really good and wish it had gone on longer. i would recommend it to anyone!!

Ishbel

I don't see why everyone puts this film down. It is really entertaining and it makes you want more. But, why do the americans picture the british as being stuck up and having posh accents we're not all like that. But i think this film is WELL worth seeing and i would recomend it to anyone who wanted to see a nailbitingly good film. Thumbs up!!

Ishbel

I don't see why everyone puts this film down. It is really entertaining and it makes you want more. But, why do the americans picture the british as being stuck up and having posh accents we're not all like that. But i think this film is WELL worth seeing and i would recomend it to anyone who wanted to see a nailbitingly good film. Thumbs up!!

beth

reli gd fim bt wat was wid the start i cld nt tell wether we were in america od england lol bt soon found out!

beth

reli gd fim bt wat was wid the start i cld nt tell wether we were in america od england lol bt soon found out!

John

I think the reviewer is being a little on the harsh side here. True, some of the film could have been handled better (where did they film that "english" village? Bavaria?) but the story was entertaining enough. No LOTR but well worth a watch anyway,

John

I think the reviewer is being a little on the harsh side here. True, some of the film could have been handled better (where did they film that "english" village? Bavaria?) but the story was entertaining enough. No LOTR but well worth a watch anyway,