Saturday, October 22, 2016

Diesel Power

Sometimes we just feel like watching some interchangeable action movie product. Since Vin Diesel stars in The Last Witch Hunter (2015), that's the one we picked.

It starts in Viking times, with a bunch of hairy warriors hunting the witches that brought the plague. They track them to a great tree, and proceed to scrap. Diesel (I think, hard to tell under the beard) kills the witch queen but before she dies, she curses him to live forever and hunt witches like her... She didn't think that through very well, I guess.

So we jump to present day. Diesel is still hunting witches, who have chilled out a bit. The witch council now keeps peace between witches and humans, and Diesel kicks butt if they don't. For a sidekick, Diesel has a priest called a Dolan, the 36th of his line. And it's Michael Caine! At that point, I'm ready to forgive a lot.

Then retires and dies that night. His replacement, who looks a lot like Elijah Wood, is Elijah Wood. Diesel drops him like a bad habit and heads out to some witch bar - like the bar in Deadpool or John Wick. And so on.

The movie wasn't bad at all, but it wasn't especially good. The talent all handled their roles well, the special effects were fine. There just wasn't a lot to it. Which is fine, as long as it has Vin Diesel, Michael Caine and Elijah Wood.

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