“The Seeker: The Dark is Rising”

theseekerdarkisrising.jpgAlexander Ludwig
Christopher Eccleston
Frances Conroy
Ian McShane
Wendy Crewson
John Benjamin Hickey
Gregory Smith
James Cosmo
Jim Piddock
Drew Tyler Bell
Amelia Warner
Edmund Entin
Gary Entin
Emma Lockhart

PG           99min           2007

During Christmas break from school, a seemingly typical teenager discovers he’s anything but ordinary. As the seventh son of a seventh son, Will Staton is The Seeker – a chosen warrior destined to restore the delicate earthly balance between Light and Dark. Guided by ancient protectors of the Light, young Will must travel throught time to gather the hidden signs that hold the ultimate power to protect the world.

Based on the novel by Susan Cooper and publish nearly twenty years before J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter series; “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising” plays like an cheap imitation of that series. It’s Harry Potter meets Quantum Leap.

First off there is no cohesion to the story. He jumps from one badly dressed time period set to another. It has to many storylines running that do not payoff in the end. It left me as a viewer feeling cheated that I watched this film.

Having never read the book, the author was said to have been displeased at the way the film turned out. Many fans of the books were disappointed. From what I gathered it it was raped along the lines of how Eragon was raped by Hollywood. It Hollywood cannot be faithful to the material leave it alone.

I give it 2/5.

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