Overtly Christian, but Violent
Starring: ** Overtly Christian, but
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Radius TWC/The Weinstein
Director: Michael J. Bassett
Executive Producer: Victor Hadida, Michael Berrow
Producer: Samuel Hadida, Paul Berrow,
Kevin Van Thompson
Writer: Michael J. Bassett
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Solomon Kane is a wealthy heir to an estate in 1600 England. His father wants Solomon to become a Catholic priest, but Solomon rebels. Solomon leaves the family estate. He finds his older brother hitting a woman. As he defends her honor, Solomon accidentally knocks his brother over a cliff and believes he died. Thus, Solomon became embittered and set off wandering the earth in sadness and desperation, feeling his soul is lost. This, in turn, causes him to become a brutal, evil warrior.
However, just as the Devil’s reaper is about to kill Solomon and seize his soul forever, Solomon begs God for help and manages to escape. He hides out in a Christian monastery, having renounced violence in the belief that, while his soul may be a lost cause, becoming peaceful may prolong his earthly life. He believes that, if he lashes out in violence, he will immediately be sent to Hell.
Despite this, the chief monk sends him away. On the road, Solomon becomes friends with a passing Puritan family. He soon realizes that demon-possessed men are roaming the countryside to kill Christians at will. The men are searching for an evil mark on a girl’s hand; a mark which was forced on the Puritan family’s daughter by an evil witch. When the demonic forces find the girl’s family, they fight her father and brothers. Solomon believes God wants him to renounce violence, so he tries to make peace with the men while they threaten the younger brother with a knife.
However, as he watches the inevitable tragedy unfold, Solomon cries out to God. He asks God what He wants from him. He believes God wants him to stop the further carnage by these men as he and the Puritan family fight them. The evil, possessed men kidnap the girl after killing her two brothers and mortally wounding the father. Solomon promises the dying father and his wife that he will hunt the men down and free their daughter. So, the rest of SOLOMON KANE becomes an action-packed, rousing, well-acted adventure.
SOLOMON KANE spends as much time exploring good and evil and the concepts of revenge and redemption as it spends on showing violence. Every time it seems that the movie might fail at depicting Christian viewpoints, it usually gets them right. Thus, despite a couple questionable lines of dialogue, the movie has a very strong Christian worldview.
SOLOMON KANE was shot in 2008 and released around the world in 2010, yet inexplicably never reached American theaters. It’s now being put out on Video on Demand (VOD) and in limited U.S. theaters on Sept. 28. While the violence warrants extreme caution, its bloody action is also sometimes left to the imagination. Meanwhile, its many strong endorsements of Christian faith conquering evil make it one of the more surprising, most spiritually uplifting releases this year.
SOLOMON KANE spends as much time exploring good and evil and the concepts of revenge and redemption as it spends on showing violence. Every time it seems the movie might fail at depicting Christian viewpoints, it usually gets them right. Thus, despite a couple questionable lines of dialogue, the movie has a very strong Christian worldview. Some of the violence is graphic enough, however, to warrant extreme caution. SOLOMON KANE also has the hero fighting scary demonic forces, but it’s one of the best movies of the year.