Dark fantasy & sword and sorcery adventure based upon Robert E. Howard ("Conan the Barbarian" fame) creation. It deliver non-stop action and takes itself pretty serious with child murders and human flesh eaters. The atmosphere is bleak but the monsters are a lot better than the similar "Van Helsing" manage to do and Solomon Kane has a better developed character.
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.