James Purefoy stars as Solomon Kane, a wandering 16th century hero whose haunted past forces him to redeem himself by battling a growing evil in his homeland in this big-screen incarnation of Robert E. Howard’s cloaked pulp character.
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Pre-"Game of Thrones," I don't see there being much of a roadmap for a film like this, so I'm inclined to forgive the filmmakers that their adaptation of Robert E. Howard's pulp hero is, first and foremost, a dopey action movie. But at its best moments, "Solomon Kane" proves steeped in potent elements of gothic fantasy and Lovecraftian horror, with James Purefoy bringing a Christopher Lambert-esque intensity.
Robert E. Howard's creation is brought vividly to life in this unsung hidden gem from Michael J. Bassett. James Purefoy is perfectly cast as a hellbound mercenary striving for redemption against all odds. Action choreography and swordplay are memorable with an authentic feeling grittiness in locale. Well worth seeking out for the genre hounds.
not as bad as it could've been or as good. might be alright if you know nothing about the character. It's cool to see my favorite Robert E. Howard character finally on film and Purefoy does what a good job with what he's given. The origin story invented here only detracts from the best parts of the character. great opening scene, and it the appeal gets diluted from there.