Parents' Guide to

Solomon Kane

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, muddy, but spirited movie from classic pulp tales.

Movie R 2012 104 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Badly directed

Did this get a theatrical release? Violent and poorly directed. Don't show this to your kids - it's how a movie should NOT be made

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Too much violence
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Of the various movies based on the work of pulp writer Robert E. Howard, Solomon Kane is arguably the best and easily in league with 1982's Conan the Barbarian. Unlike many others, director M.J. Bassett seems to know how to correctly handle the material, giving it a lightness of touch but also enough bloody and shocking spectacle to stir up viewers.

Bassett may sometimes go a bit too far -- as in the relentless downpour and gray mud that drench the bulk of the film, or a scene in which Solomon is crucified -- but, on the other hand, no self-respecting pulp writer ever let their hero off too easily. Scriptwise, the movie might also have done without all the backstories and flashbacks, but even with them, Solomon Kane still has a stripped-down feel and focuses entirely on its troubled hero, with little room for supporting characters. He's fascinating; it's easy to see why he was so popular a century ago and why he could still command a movie -- or a series of movies -- today.

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