The Last Witch Hunter – Review

Being a fan of films featuring Vin Diesel is really the only reason I even watched this film. I wasn’t expecting much from The Last Witch Hunter, which was great, otherwise I would have been disappointed.

Kaulder (Vin Diesel), is a warrior from the middle ages, perhaps Nordic descent, who hunts witches for murdering his family.  The writers tried to provide some semblance of an origin story, but regardless of potential, failed miserably. Kaulder seemingly kills the Witch Queen (Julie Engelbrecht), with little effort, and with her last words curses Kaulder with immortality. Cut scene. The audience is teleported to present day New York and Kaulder is cleaned up, modern and we learn all the witches in the world fear him.

Kaulder belongs to a secret society of witch hunters called, The Axe and Cross. Which it appears Kaulder is the only real hunter, hence the film’s title, and anyone else in the society is a priest. His handler, Dolan 36 (Michael Caine), is one of those priests, but over time has also become Kaulder’s friend.  The audience doesn’t get much time to enjoy Caine and Diesel’s interaction, when Dolan 36 is murdered and Kaulder is assigned a new handler, Dolan 37 (Elijah Wood). Armed with his new handler, Kaulder has learned that the Witch Queen is returning from the dead and he must stop her, even if that means he loses his immortality.

I must say between Diesel, Caine and Wood; they individually and collaboratively did great with character growth and pulling the audience in. However, with a script full of plot holes and twists that just were not believable and CGI that was mediocre, the actors could not save this film. The film felt rushed and simple, too simple. If the Director, Beck Eisner, took a little more time and strengthened the story I may have enjoyed this film more. I understand there is a possibility of a sequel, if so, I hope they learned from their mistakes in The Last Witch Hunter and then I just might enjoy it.

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