WHEN DARKNESS FALLS, THE SON WILL RISE.
Aging knight Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) finds a new apprentice (Ben Barnes) whom he will train to fight Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), an evil witch who can take on the shape of a dragon. This adaptation of a fantasy novel will look very familiar to fans of the genre and it has nothing that makes it stand out, even though the cast has a few big names. Bridges tries to give his deceptively meek “spook” a degree of quirkiness, and some of the action is well varied and fun to watch. But the story is a big shrug and the 3D effects pointless.
2015-U.S. 102 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Sergei Bodrov. Novel: Joseph Delaney (“The Spook’s Apprentice”). Cast: Jeff Bridges (John Gregory), Ben Barnes (Tom Ward), Alicia Vikander (Alice Deane), Julianne Moore, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams… Djimon Hounsou.