• Publication date: October 1, 2011

Sometimes Two Wrongs Do Make a Right Solomon Kane: A Life and a Soul at Stake

James Purefoy depicts Solomon Kane, a seventeenth century British mercenary who fought against Ottoman forces in North Africa. His final battle in the land was a victorious one monetarily, though spiritually a great defeat. When he and his men conquered the opposition's citadel they entered intending to loot its treasures, but they would encounter pure misfortune instead.

James Purefoy depicts Solomon Kane, a seventeenth century British mercenary who fought against Ottoman forces in North Africa. His final battle in the land was a victorious one monetarily, though spiritually a great defeat. When he and his men conquered the opposition's citadel they entered intending to loot its treasures, but they would encounter pure misfortune instead.

Inside Kane meets The Devil's Reaper (Ian Whyte of the Predator franchise) who informs the warrior that he is destined to eternal damnation. Unwilling to accept this fate, Solomon vows to live a holy life, becomes a monk, and seeks refuge in an English monastery. A priest's vision later results in his expulsion from the church, forcing Kane to seek a new path to redemption.

While wandering the countryside Solomon is attacked by a group of bandits whom he could easily defeat. He quickly remembers his prayers for salvation however, and his newfound commitment to pacifism. Rather than retaliate, Kane endures a vicious beating that knocks him unconscious.

Upon awaking he is greeted by William Crowthorn (Pete Postlethwaite of The Usual Suspects notoriety), the patriarch of a Puritan family en route to America. With their help, Solomon slowly recovers from the pummeling he received earlier. Still it seems that, despite a vow to nonviolence, brutality is an inescapable aspect of the retired mercenary's life. When the Crowthorns are attacked by a wicked sorcerer's apprentices the family's young daughter, Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood) is kidnapped; concurrently, William is fatally wounded. The father's dying words promised Kane salvation, dependent upon the successful recovery of Meredith.

Solomon must now weigh his oath to abandon fighting with the moral obligation of fulfilling William's request. Kane's inherent bravery causes the solider to embrace violence once again, though this time to protect the innocent, not to simply pillage their fortunes. Success cannot be guaranteed however, especially when the true enemy may be the warrior's own ego.

Year: 2009

Duration: 104 minutes

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Starring:

Max von Sydow

James Purefoy

Rachel Hurd-Wood

Pete Postlethwaite

Director: Michael J. Bassett

Rating: Contains scenes of intense fighting, violence, and gore.