THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING
The Darkness Cannot Overcome the Light
Starring: Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane,
Frances Conroy, John Benjamin
Hickey, Jim Piddock, Gregory
Smith, Amelia Warner, Emma
Lockhart, James Cosmo, Wendy
Crewson, and Christopher
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Older children, teenagers and
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Fox-Walden/20th Century
Director: David L. Cunningham
Executive Producer: Ron Schmidt and Adam Siegel
Producer: Marc E. Platt
Writer: John Hodge
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO of News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO of The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
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Los Angeles, CA 90035
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“The darkness is rising,” “You are the seeker,” “The fate of the world is in your hands.” These are not the average things that a boy like Will Stanton expects to hear on his 14th birthday a couple days before Christmas. Regardless, young Will learns that his destiny is far greater than he could have imagined, and soon, he is thrust into an epic battle between the Light and the Dark, between Good and Evil.
Will learns that he is the seventh son of a seventh son, and that he is one of the Old Ones, those who serve the Light. He is told by others of the Old Ones that he is the Seeker who must find the signs that will help the Light triumph over the Dark. If Will should fail, though, the world will be forever shrouded in the Dark. The Old Ones teach Will that there are five signs that shall call to him, signs made of earth, water, wood, bronze and fire, and that he will have power over the elements and be able to travel throughout time so that he can complete his quest to gather the five signs.
Time, however, is short, and Will has only five days to find all the signs before the Dark Rider is at the peak of his power to unleash the Dark. Also, before time runs out, Will must find the sixth sign that is hidden in the soul of a man – a soul freely given that shall unleash the power of the Light.
Despite some awkward filmmaking and a lack of jeopardy at times, THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING is a fun fantasy movie filled with Christian allusions, including references to sin, Scripture, hymns, Christmas, church, and resurrection. The movie also has strong family values as brothers are reunited, siblings forgive each other and children connect with their parents.
Philosophically, however, the movie contains some non-Christian implications such as the Zoroastrian belief that Light & Dark are on even playing fields, with one reference in the movie to a battle from 1,000 years ago when the Light barely defeated the Dark. This, of course, is a cautionary element because, as people of faith, we know that, according to the Word of God in John 1:5, “The Light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.” There is one reference to this Scripture verse in the movie as one of the Old Ones tells Will in reference to his young age, “Even the smallest light shines in the darkness.” The elements of Zoroastrianism may simply be to provide some dramatic elements to the movie, but parents should caution their children that the Light of God is much stronger than the Darkness of this world.
Another cautionary philosophy are some implications of Gnosticism, which essentially contains a fundamental dualism that envisions two worlds at war, much like Zoroastrianism. Gnosticism, however, believes that, within a religious context, power can be achieved by gaining forms of a secret knowledge. In THE SEEKER, Will must find the signs that will give him the power over the Dark Rider. These signs that he seeks are ancient elements and forms of knowledge. So, rather than simply relying on the power of the Light to overcome the darkness, Will must seek to find elements of a secret knowledge that will give him power to overcome the Darkness.
Those elements, along with some frightening visual imagery such as birds attacking people and manifesting out of people in a demonic way, give THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING require caution for children. The movie’s context, however, is a Christian one, especially considering the church scene where “Joy to the World” is sung at Christmas time. Thus, older children and parents may enjoy this fun movie that empowers young people to believe that they can make an impact for good in the world. The movie also can open discussion between parents and children alike as to the real source of our power, the Holy Spirit and the overcoming blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who is the true “soul freely given to unleash the power of the Light.”
Despite some awkward filmmaking and a lack of jeopardy at times, THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING is a fun fantasy movie filled with strong Christian allusions, including references to sin, Scripture, hymns, Christmas, church, and resurrection. The movie also has strong family values. Brothers are reunited, siblings forgive each other and children connect with their parents. There are, however, some scary moments and fantasy content that require discernment to interpret in a Christian manner that can inspire children rather than lead them down the wrong path away from Jesus, the true Light of the world. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children.