"Life is demanding without understanding I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes I saw the sign No one's gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong..."
This movie is based on the 1973 novel by Susan Cooper, which is the second book in the series The Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Sequence). Fans of the book should note that lots of changes have taken place in the transition to the movie, not all in a good way.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)
1. Will Stanton turns 14 2. Having a birthday just before Christmas really sucks 3. Strange things start happening to him, and you can't blame puberty for everything. 4. Birds do the Hitchcock thing again 5. A dark rider on a white horse shows up, exhibiting rather anti-social behavior. 6. A group of people turn up at the right time and tell him that he's the seventh son of a seventh son 7. Will doesn't think this adds up 8. Will is tasked with finding six "signs" that will prevent darkness from taking over. This proves to be a lot more difficult than putting fresh batteries in a torch. 9. Will leaves no stone, grave, or time unturned as the deadline draws near. 10. Ends just as you always knew it would.
Note: There are certain aspects of the movie that will remind you of the Harry Potter series, so you'll also need to remind yourself that Cooper went to press long before that other British lady.
If I hadn't read the books, I would probably have rated this movie higher. You can't escape the fact that it is entertaining, well filmed and well acted, but compared to the book, it's "Cooper lite". Watch this by all means, but make sure you read the book for the full story.
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