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|Original title:||The Last Witch Hunter|
|Genre:||Fantasy, Adventure, Action|
|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Ca. 106 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Many centuries ago the witch hunter Kaulder (Vin Diesel) managed to destroy the mighty witch queen (Julie Engelbrecht) only to be cursed by her with the curse of eternal life. Since then, he has fought ceaselessly for the Brotherhood Axe & Cross to continue to protect humanity from the dark forces of witches. A spiritual companion, a so-called Dolan, always fights at his side. When Dolan the 36th (Michael Caine) is cursed with a deadly curse, Kaulder knows that the witches are planning something big. Together with Dolan the 37th (Elijah Wood) and the help of the young witch Chloe (Rose Leslie) he goes into battle to save Dolan the 36th and save humanity from the return of the witch queen. But against the constantly growing army of witches even Kaulder seems to be powerless…
With "The Last Witch Hunter" Vin Diesel wants to start another franchise after "Fast & Furious", "Riddick" and "xXx" (which will be continued soon), which will attract his fans in droves to the cinemas. Whether this will succeed may be doubted. Even though the action-heavy witch hunt has some entertainment value to offer, the new movie by "The Crazies"-director Breck Eisner isn't much more than a trashy B-movie. Besides some atmospheric pictures of New York, a little bit of self-irony and an interesting supporting character, who is convincingly portrayed by Rose Leslie ("Game of Thrones"), clichéd dialogues, quite wooden games and enormous logic holes dominate the action. And even the only conditionally successful special effects can't get much out of it.
Sure, the whole thing is a fantasy story, so you shouldn't take it too seriously with the logic. But when the characters are drawn in a very one-dimensional way and the dialogues are hardly to be beaten in terms of flatness, so that the viewer concentrates on other aspects of the movie, then the lack of logic also becomes more apparent in fantastic stories. Even though Eisner does a lot of things right from a technical point of view, the script (on which actually three authors worked), the effects and the actors are just too weak to give the movie the tension and coolness it would have been necessary for a big success.
Sure, Vin Diesel is extremely cool again, at least in those scenes where he doesn't have to fight the witch queen with his beard stuck on. And it's also thanks to him that some of the completely stupid moments are really a lot of fun. But even a diesel can't pull the cart out of the mud. And it would have to be witchcraft if this work manages to storm the cinema charts. If you are looking for simply entertaining fantasy fun of the very simple knitted kind and don't get excited about flat dialogues and worn out clichés, but amuse yourself, you can confidently go on a witch hunt in New York with Vin Diesel despite all his weaknesses. But anyone who found "Hänsel & Gretel: Hexenjäger" unbearably stupid should also avoid this work!
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