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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Season Of The Witch'
(Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2011 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the black plague.

DVD Verdict: When two knights defect from the religious order because they don't believe God would want them murdering women and children, they are captured by the army in a small town suffering from a horrible plague. They are given orders to take a witch, believed to be responsible for the town's woes, to a group of monks living off in the mountains.

With another prisoner, a petty thief, as their guide and a few others, they set off with the witch in a cage-like wagon. They are soon attacked by wolves and the witch escapes. But even more mystery and danger falls upon the group as they reach the home of the monks and discover who the witch really is. A battle of good against evil ensues.

Dark special effects and a tad bit of mystery make this a decent movie to watch. However, the plot lacks a lot of depth. Most of the characters are useless and you know they are each going to be picked off soon. The "happy ever after" ending is a bit contrived and predictable. Nicolas Cage is well, Nicolas Cage, although I did enjoy Ron Perlman in this one. The best overall was probably Claire Foy who plays the unnamed witch.

Since the movie suffers from a lack of plot, its no wonder that the movie is so short. It all gets wrapped up in just 95 minutes. A decent rental if there's nothing better to watch. Alos, when it comes to the big reveal of "the Devil" let's just say that I haven't seen anything so cheesy CGI-wise and creation wise in about 20+ years! This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.