Type: Horror, Fantasy, Gothic Thriller
Review:Black Death is one of the darkest and most bleak movies I've ever seen, and in my opinion, that's the core of its beauty. It's not just some depressive Gothic Thriller that's gonna make you hate watching it, it's a thought-provoking film with a deep message, gruesome and gory at some parts, but you just can't make a movie about that era of history without the brutality of blood and steel.
So Brace yourselves, Black Death is coming!!!
So what's so Awesome about Black Death?
The year is 1348, one of humanity's darkest times. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in Marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his band of mercenary soldiers to the Marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund's faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test. [Source: Magnolia Releasing]
Black Death is a fine piece of film making and what I really loved about it is the fact that it has some well-put twists and surprises that you simply won't see coming.
It's not a typical movie that portrays the eternal conflict between good & evil, the church & the blasphemous ... No! it's more of a philosophical journey inside the psyche of a human being, an analysis of how grief and guilt seeds can grow and influence the path of those who see them selves as righteous.
Christopher Smith made the best use of the historical context of the story in order to make us relate to the characters by creating a sort of bond that links us to this band of mercenaries despite their cruelty and ignorance, and no matter how extremely orthodox we think their ideas are.
This thriller features some award deserving performances from all the main actors especially Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne, they plunged into their characters and delivered one of the most believable piece of acting I've ever seen! So, if you want a thought-provoking movie that you'd want to debate with your friends afterwards then Black Death is a really good choice!
Thriller Info: [Source: Wikipedia]Directed by: Christopher Smith
Produced by: Douglas Rae, Robert Bernstein, Jens Meurer, Phil Robertson
Written by: Dario Poloni
Starring: Sean Bean,Eddie Redmayne, John Lynch, Tim McInnerny, Kimberley Nixon, Andy Nyman, Carice van Houten
Music by: Christian Henson
Cinematography: Sebastian Edschmid
Edited By: Stuart Gazzard
Distributed by: Revolver Entertainment and Wild Bunch
Release date: 11 June 2010
Running time:97 minutes
Country: United Kingdom, Germany
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