Written March 05, 2015
Though the 'F' word was used 5 times (the only word I can't stand), the acting was actually pretty enjoyable. The plot had huge holes in it that were never really explained (or tagged as an afterthought) but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought.
Jeremy Renner was pretty amazing as was Gemma Arterton (and she only screamed once or twice!) and... well I liked it. Whoever wrote the script jerked plot lines around like a marionette, but there was enough of one that I was satisfied. Definitely a "guilty pleasure" (wherein there is little plot but it is enjoyable anyways).
The level of gore is similar to an episode of Supernatural (CW) and kind of looks as fake as well. But the gore didn't dominate the movie.
Personally, I'd see it in 2D (cheapest) at a matinee time because otherwise you might feel that you wasted your money.
Written October 28, 2014
I'm not a fan of horror movies and this one isn't your traditional horror movie, but I was concerned that I wouldn't like it. I did like it. It kept my attention to the very end. Very good movie.
Written January 26, 2013
It is an interesting twist on an old tale. Some of the action was a little unbelievable but it did not detract too much from the film. It was great fun to see Gemma Atherton as a strong character. Renner was his usual self, comfortable being a tough guy. Might have wanted to see more of the good witch side in this movie. It was just too easy for the bad witch to take out the good witch. And the original good witch was a little silly, giving up without a fight. If you are going to get torched might as well bake a few cookies yourself. My favorite character though was Edward, not sure why, but Edward added a lot to the story.
Written January 27, 2013
I knew this movie would not be good and didnt want to go- but my friend insisted. we both were going to go to another one however, then I began reading some faulty and stupid reviews which changed my mind- bad move. I saw it in imax 3d, and though the imax was good, it wasn't for this movie. First off..it was almost like a horror movie in 3d. the grotesque visuals of the witches was just awful- it was too disgusting and hard to sit through. This is more a movie for those who aren't sensitive. the movie isn't predictable, or anything- the entire story is just really really STUPID and pointless. really? witch hunters? it was pathetic and weird and even the concocted story for entertainment value was horrible. it was barely entertaining because of the goriness of the movie and the witches. I found it to be a pointless movie which even lacked entertainment value. I didn't want to go in the first place and never would again...that's 1.5 hours of my life i can't get back...
Written December 25, 2014
It seemed to be a mashup of other films. Often the weapons and action took on a Matrix like quality. The lines were too predictable. Some of the scenes were a bit out of context for their time. I guessI expected more. The house of candy was well done.