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Rated PG-13 · 95 minutes · 2011

Action, Horror, Thriller
Nicolas Cage stars as a 14th-century knight who, along with brother-in-arms Ron Perlman, goes AWOL from the Crusades after too much senseless carnage. After the deserters are apprehended, their only way out of prison is to escort a young woman accused of witchcraft (Claire Foy) to trial at a distant monastery. From that potentially interesting premise director Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds, Whiteout) concocts a lifeless action-cum-horror film, as the travelers face the Plague, ferocious wolves, and demons both spectral and internal—all to sadly predictable outcomes. As usual, Cage alternates between leaden line readings and thunderous outbursts, making his accomplished costars Ulrich Thomsen and Stephen Campbell Moore look even better. But the movie's worst aspect is the CGI, which packs no scares whatsoever.
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Director: Dominic Sena
Producer: Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Ryan Kavanaugh, Alan Glazer, Steve Alexander, Tom Karnowski and Tucker Tooley
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Moore, Claire Foy, Stephen Graham, Ulrich Thomsen, Robert Sheehan and Christopher Lee

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