Friday, September 28, 2012
In Theaters/On VOD: SOLOMON KANE (2012)
(UK/Czech Republic/France - 2009; 2012 US release)
Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett. Cast: James Purefoy, Pete Postlethwaite, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alice Krige, Jason Flemyng, Mackenzie Crook, Philip Winchester, Patrick Hurd-Wood, Sam Roukin, Isabel Bassett. (R, 100 mins)
"Is there some reason SOLOMON KANE hasn't been released here yet?" - uttered innumerable times and posted on countless genre message boards by an undetermined number of US moviegoers since early 2010.
It's been one of the great moviegoing mysteries of late as to exactly why it took three years for SOLOMON KANE to get a US release. It's a large-scale, medieval supernatural fantasy based on a character created by Robert E. Howard of Conan fame, filled with action and special effects, and received generally positive if not exactly exuberant reviews overseas. It's been on DVD and Blu-ray in the rest of the world since 2010, and was even up on YouTube in its entirety until The Weinstein Company, via their genre subsidiary Radius, acquired it for the US and gave it a VOD and limited theatrical release this weekend. You know a movie's been detained in distribution limbo for a while when second-billed Pete Postlethwaite died nearly two years ago. The great and much-missed Postlethwaite looks like his old self here, unlike his gaunt, frail appearances in 2010's INCEPTION and especially later that year in THE TOWN, where it was very apparent that he was quite ill.