When Kaulder and his fellow Witch Hunters are on a mission to destroy the Witch Queen, Kaulder is cursed with immortality, never being able to join his dead wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder roams the Earth for hundreds of years keeping the peace between humanity and the witches who hide among us.
Vin Diesel (Furious 7) stars as Kaulder, the last living Witch Hunter who spends his time tracking down and slaying rogue Witches who threaten to disturb the peace between them and human kind. Diesel infuses the film with a lot of energy and creates a very charismatic yet sympathetic lead character, he might be the film's biggest saving grace as other than his likable performance, there isn't much here to love.
The Last Witch Hunter certainly does a nice job of creating a rich world for the story to take place in. Witches not only being a small cult but a race of people living among society was interesting and I enjoyed the aspect of not all Witches being evil and I could see more stories taking place within this rather original world. The movie certainly sets itself up as the beginning of a new franchise and it definitely has the potential, but perhaps a different director could take on the sequel as director Breck Eisner (Sahara, The Crazies) failed to induce much energy or life into the film which made some of the proceedings a bit of a drag, but Diesel is on screen for most of the film, making it not totally unbearable.
What sets the story in motion is when one of Kaulder's allies is attacked by a Witch, which sets Kaulder on a hot trail, which may or may not be the beginning of the evil Witch Queen's return, the story plays like a crime mystery, think C.S.I with a bit more magic. Kaulder is joined by a couple of new allies, a new Dolan played by Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings), a Priest like character assigned to assist Kaulder in all of his Witch hunting needs and Chloe, a Witch with the power to dream walk who joins Kaulder on his dangerous journey to destroy the Witch Queen once and for all. The story isn't all too interesting, it's actually pretty straight forward and painfully predictable at times but again it's Vin Diesel's charisma which keeps it from becoming a total bore.
Most of the dialogue is unfortunately just exposition mainly performed by Elijah Wood and Michael Caine who will always explain what's happening to Kaulder aka us, the audience. I believe that with a better script and a more energetic direction, The Last Witch Hunter could have been something quite memorable, it certainly had the potential. The action scenes are entertaining, I just wish there was more of them and less of them crowded by gratuitous CGI. The visuals vary between decent and hilariously bad at different times within the film.
The Last Witch Hunter is exactly what you're expecting but it had the potential to be something more. The flat script, lifeless direction and 2-Dimensional characters are unfortunate but it's still an entertaining ride.
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