Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder, an 800-year-old witch hunter cursed with immortality, currently fighting modern-day black magic in New York City. When Kaulder’s priestly advisor retires (Sir Michael Caine), and a dark witch queen threatens to return, things get action-packed.
From the producers of the 300 film franchise, The Last Witch Hunter is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, with athletic action scenes complemented by truly touching human moments. The inspiration for Kaulder and his story came from Diesel’s days as a gamer––particularly his fascination with the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons––and his passion for this project certainly shines through.
This is an action-fantasy film that will keep you on edge with enough sudden surprises, but still has a plot that holds up. Vin Diesel is a reliable performer in this genre, and he doesn’t disappoint, delivering a strong performance as the charismatic Kaulder. An easy-to-watch film whose horror scenes mercifully won’t keep you up at night, although I can’t guarantee you won’t be dreaming of witches… (LS)
BY LISA SELTZER