As the Bubonic Plague ravages humanity the church sends Ulrich, a knight, to investigate rumors of a woman who can bring the dead back to life. With young monk Osmund and his men by his side, Ulrich searches out the woman to determine if she is Christian, or does Satan’s bidding.
Sean Bean (Ulrich), Eddie Redmayne (Osmund), Daniel Steiner (Monk), David Warner (Abbot), Kimberley Nixon (Averill), Marianne Graffam (Witch), Tobias Kasimirowicz (Grimbold), Emun Elliott (Swire).
Black Death starts off with narrative to deliver the setting and background before Ulrich and his men begin their journey to find a suspected witch you is rumored to bring people back from the dead. With the Bubonic Plague racing them across the countryside, the group finds the witch’s village untouched by the plague and the witch apparently able to indeed bring back the dead.
Acting was a bit rough here. Bean did well and held things together fairly well, as did Redmayne. Graffam was decent but not quite believable. The remainder of the supporting cast felt unpracticed and overacted in a few scenes.
Camera work was a bit rough with shaky shots and use of washed out colors to give the impression of darkness and age. Sets and backgrounds were fairly simple and consistent with the story setting. Dialogue was decent for the most part. Sound and soundtrack were bland throughout.
Overall Black Death was a mediocre action thriller that despite a decent plot and fair technical quality never develops an energy level above mildly interesting. Those who enjoy period pieces, or a combination of action and horror will likely enjoy this the most.
With plenty of violence, some disturbing, and foul language save this for older teens and above.
Black Death is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave
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