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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Gregory Smith
Christopher Eccleston
Amelia Warner
Emma Lockhart
Ian McShane
Frances Conroy
Austin Vaccaro
Alexander Ludwig
James Cosmo
Directors
David L Cunningham
Screenwriters
Susan Cooper
Running Time
99 minutes

The Dark Is Rising
Susan Cooper's epic fantasy


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The Dark Is Rising

Plot
Will (Ludwig) is informed by a pair of eccentric aristocrats (McShane and Conroy) that he is the descendant of an ancient warrior order, and must defeat a great evil. Cue much po-faced gobbledegook, but little excitement.


Verdict
Off-the-shelf teen fantasy not likely to satisfy the post-Potter/LOTR crowd but guaranteed to enrage fans of the source novel. The newly added quasi-religious overtones don’t help either.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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