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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
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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