The Last Witch Hunter

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Poorly made, noisy, apocalyptic fantasy action flick.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 106 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Whatever messages might have been buried here are thwarted by an attempt to force a happy ending and set up a sequel (so no real lessons are learned).

Positive Role Models & Representations

The witch hunter may be the "good guy," but he's also an arrogant know-it-all who can't connect with anyone on a human level.

Violence

Strong fantasy violence. A witch's beating heart is separated from her body. Icky plague flies; one is stuck under a man's skin. Fighting, characters getting thrown/punched. Stabbing/slicing with swords and knives. Some guns and shooting. Characters attacked with evil tree branches/tendrils. Minor characters die. Building on fire. Somewhat scary dream/nightmare sequences. Very little blood shown. Reference to a mass grave.

Sex

The main character flirts with a flight attendant, and she's later shown leaving his apartment (implied sex).

Language

Infrequent language includes "hell," "bitch," and possibly one (obscured) use of "s--t."

Consumerism

Apple iPhones are used, and iPads are mentioned twice.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Background/social drinking. Smoking of magical herbs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Last Witch Hunter is a Vin Diesel action movie with horror elements. Expect lots of fairly brutal fantasy violence -- fighting, stabbing with swords or knives, guns and shooting, characters getting bashed around, minor characters dying -- though not much blood is actually shown. There's implied sex (the main character flirts with a flight attendant, who's later seen leaving his apartment), but nothing happens on screen. Viewers see several scenes of background and/or social drinking (no drunkenness), and language includes a few uses of "bitch" and "hell" (with a possible/obscured use of "s--t"). The movie is very poorly made, but it could attract some teens before it disappears forever.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byemiloukad January 5, 2016
Well, It doesn't have any great role models or good messages to pass...It's an interesting story which reveals that you shouldn't trust so easily... Continue reading
Adult Written byCamisita March 4, 2016

If you love Vin, then this is for you!

Could have been better made, it was ok. My husband and I love fantasy based movies and we like Vin Diesel. We liked the plot but could have been stronger. Would... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypassword2037 July 4, 2016
It's been 1 hour since its not cursing.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrMoviesGuy February 29, 2016

Really cool movie with Vin Diesel , but is scary and may not be appropriate for younger children.

This movie is awesomely cool, lots of action and other cool things, but there is some violence in this movie, it is a bit bloody. There is some scary scenes , b... Continue reading

What's the story?

A warrior, Kaulder (Vin Diesel), destroys an evil witch queen. But just before she perishes, she curses him, giving him immortality. Eight hundred years later, in the present day, Kaulder is a professional witch hunter, working with a secret society of helpers called Dolans; the latest one (Michael Caine) is near retirement, and a replacement (Elijah Wood) is being trained. Kaulder discovers an evil plot to break the truce between humans and witches by resurrecting the witch queen, who will then unleash a plague upon the world. Only a helpful witch, Chloe (Rose Leslie), with "dream walking" powers, can help Kaulder discover the witch queen's secret -- and the secret of his own existence.

Is it any good?

Noisy and choppy, with shoddy, sludgy-looking digital effects and half-baked characters wandering through a ridiculous plot, this movie would appear to be under a curse of its own. Director Breck Eisner is known for making one of the biggest money-losers in Hollywood history, Sahara (2005), and his bad luck seems to continue with THE LAST WITCH HUNTER.

The one-dimensional villains -- led by a monstrous witch covered in rubbery goop -- cackle and snarl while fighting an equally one-dimensional "good guy." Diesel more or less reprises his character from the Fast/Furious movies, so cool and self-sufficient that he's a chore to be around, and certainly his co-stars show the strain, feeling useless in his presence. And while the dialogue can be painfully awkward, it's not as awkward as the final plot twist and the pathetic attempt to set up a sequel and/or franchise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Last Witch Hunter's violence. How did it affect you? Was it thrilling or gory? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is the movie scary? How does this view of witches compare to those of other movies or stories?

  • How is sex portrayed in the movie? What's implied? Is it shown in a positive or negative light?

  • How are in-charge female characters treated in the movie? Do you think that reinforces or undermines typical gender roles?

  • Since the main character is immortal and seems to have learned everything about everything, what makes him interesting (or not interesting)?

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