March 03, 2011


Colesmithey.com"Black Death" is a full-bodied version of everything Nicolas Cage's parallel-themed "Season of the Witch" hoped for but failed to be.

During the 14th century's notorious bubonic plague--referred to as the Black Death — that decimated half of Europe's population, a band of mercenary knights journey to a distant village of reported necromancers. The village is said to remain untouched by the creeping illness.

Movie Review - 'Black Death' - A Dark Ages Drama With More Than One Plague  : NPR

None of the other knights sent by the Church to investigate the questionable community has ever returned. The group's stalwart leader Ulric (Sean Bean) retains the geography skills of a young monk named Osmund (wonderfully played by Eddie Redmayne) to guide them. Osmund's furtive romantic liaisons with a girl whom he loves has left him questioning his path as a man of the cloth. Indeed, something evil lurks in the heart of the village's matriarch Langiva (ferociously played by the amazing Carice van Houten).

Movie Review - 'Black Death' - A Dark Ages Drama With More Than One Plague  : NPR

Here is a medieval adventure movie bathed in blood and mud. Most satisfying is the film's refusal to patronize the audience with any hat-tip toward some underlying religious import. Director Chris Smith shows great promise with a powerfully crafted film full of memorable performances.

Black Death Picture 34

 Rated R. 102 mins.

4 Stars

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