Drama that begins with some meaty theological stuff, descends into absurdity and ends with a whimper. Could have been a powerful statement on the power of sin but loses us in a series of cheap twists. Good performance by Cassell of course, but his character loses all of its power by the end.
Britain has few monasteries but even today France has many - les Moines. This film gives you the taste of a medieval monastery and the life within.The Devil is very real and the film subtly conveys his presence and the fear.Quite gripping with a twist in the ending. -
gothic tale of a man's moral downfall (or destiny) - infused with dark omens and imagery: shadowy cathedrals, crows, faceless gargoyles… has a heavy, foreboding air… but somehow I can't invest in Cassel's character, though the performance itself was good. Visually successful, but an emotional miss…
After two wondeful movies it seems that Moll finally suffered the slump. While The Monk carries a lot of potential it never gets off the ground in any respect. The drama feels slight and stilted, the suspense fizzles, the horror never hits home and while the ending offers some inspired imagery, this is a a quite boring miss!