Ten Plagues is a new book from Mary Nealy the suspense pen name of Mary Connealy, a Christian Western Romance author. The book revolves around a series of murders by a serial killer that is working off the ten plagues that the bible features in Exodus. You may remember them from such films as The Reaping with Hilary Swank and The Prince of Egypt with Val Kilmer.
I had received this book for review and I was hopeful for it. Although, as is seen from my affiliations in my sidebar, I am a Non-Believer (read: atheist) I actually enjoy Christian books and movies. My favorite type of Christian fiction is this type of Christian story.
Earlier today, I was able to watch Season of the Witch at my local movie theater. I had originally wanted to go see the Dilemma with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James but I don’t like teenagers. Even when I was a teenager, I didn’t like teenagers. Yes, I am as a big geek, dork, or maybe even nerd (as of late I’m thinking nerd because I keep getting pen stains on my pockets).’
I was pleasantly surprised watching Season of the Witch with Nicholas Cage and Ron Perlman. I didn’t exactly know what to expect, I had only seen some teaser trailers so I didn’t exactly know what was going on. I had at first thought it was a remake of Halloween 3: Season of the Witch.
But after seeing some posters, I thought that it would be a Harry Potter knockoff and I generally don’t like those kinds of movies but since I do love Nicolas Cage from his wonderful work in the following movies:
I also knew that I would enjoy the movie because Ron Perlman was one of the main actors. Anyone who can play a bad ass as well as he does has my heart.
Therefore, I went in thinking I was going to see some mildly annoying movie but was pleasantly surprised. The movie turned out to be about two ex-knights during the time of the Crusades who through their travels come upon a village that request that they transport the witch to a different town of monks to have a trial to see if she is actually a witch.
I really enjoyed this movie. It really surprised me and had some twists. The characters showed a lot of depth and weren’t as two-dimensional as many supernatural thrillers or even period pieces that are out there. I know that this movie isn’t going to win any fancy awards. It is partially an Action movie and the academy tends not to give action movies the kind of recognition they deserve. Ron Perlman and Nicolas Cage played very well off each other. I really liked the camaraderie that they shared. The other actors were very good.
I did not particularly like the actor, Robert Sheenan who played Kay, an altar boy with aspirations of Knighthood. He seemed really winey and wimpy and in general, I just did not like his face, he always looked like he was pouting. I know that it’s a little shallow to remark that the reason I didn’t like an actor was that he has a pouty face, but I don’t really care, it just got annoying as the story progressed.
I did like the special effects. The special effects were purposeful and necessary there wasn’t a reliance on extraneous special effects. Especially in today’s everything is 3D special effects, CGI movie culture. Although they could have probably done the story without them, they didn’t seem like someone had tacked them on to make the movie have more effects. They added to the story and were almost barely recognizable unless you know a lot about animals.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie and give it a