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Overview The Seeker is an epic fantasy adventure the whole family will love! During Christmas break from school, a seemingly typical teenager discovers he?s anything but ordinary. As the seventh son of a seventh son, Will Stanton is The Seeker ? a chosen warrior destined to restore the delicate earthly balance between Light and Dark. Guided by ancient protectors of the Light, young Will must travel through time to gather the hidden signs that hold the ultimate power to protect the world
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Actors: Fox Faith, Ian McShane, Christopher Eccleston, Frances Conroy, James Cosmo
Directors: David L. Cunningham
Writers: John Hodge, Susan Cooper
Producers: Adam Siegel, Jared LeBoff, Marc Platt, Ron Schmidt
Cinematographers: Joel Ransom
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 99.00 minutes
Record Label 20th Century Fox
Format AC-3 / Color / Dolby / Dubbed / DVD
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.59" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Sep 23, 2014
Publisher WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN 555747451X ISBN13 9785557474511 UPC 024543492177
Availability 0 units.
More About David L. Cunningham, Alexander Ludwig & Christopher Eccleston
I have waited nearly all my life for someone to make Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" books into a film(s). Now that there is one, I wish it was never made. Why can't producers and screenwriters just STICK TO THE BOOK??? The books are SO much more interesting than this movie. Even just by watching the trailer, you can tell that they practically changed at least 50% of the story. And the Rider's horse is supposed to be BLACK!
Incoherent mess of a movie Feb 17, 2008
This movie was a waste of a good concept. What a mess! There's no plot in this knot of an ill-begotten waste of film. They must have been making up the plot as they filmed--with their writers on strike, or, even more likely, the writers working very hard to sabotage the movie. I hope the actors find work in decent films after this. Was there even a director involved in this project? The special effects were OK, but nothing special, and most of the time there was really no excuse for them. Awful movie and a waste of time. Ugh.
Average Fantasy Yarn But a Very Poor Adaptation Jan 29, 2008
THE SEEKER revolves around an American boy named Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig). Will and his family are transplants currently living in England. On his birthday Will discovers that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors of Light, the "Old Ones". The Old Ones have supernatural abilities, including the power to travel through time and space, and are engaged in a long-time struggle against the forces of Dark. Will is a special Old One, not only because he is the last Old One, but because he is also the Seeker--the person chosen to seek and find six Signs of Power (in the shape of a circle with a cross). When united the signs form a great weapon to fight the Dark. Will, however, only has a few days to find and united the Signs before the Dark Rider (Christopher Eccleston) and his minions reach the height of their power and will be able to overcome and withstand even the power of the united Signs.
THE SEEKER is based upon Susan Cooper's beloved novel, THE DARK IS RISING. However, other than a few names, locations, and sparse plot outline, THE SEEKER has no semblance to THE DARK IS RISING. For example, Will is turned from a British boy into an American, the character of the Walker is erased, and there is no hunt. I'm a huge fan of Susan Cooper's stories and when I learned about THE SEEKER, I was quite excited about it, but I was extremely disappointed by the movie adaptation. That's not to say the movie is terrible, because it's not. It is a decent escapist fantasy flick that, as a movie, isn't too bad. It is, however, a very, very, poor adaptation of the story it is based upon. All of the Celtic mythology, sense of magic, and powerful spiritualism that are such an integral part of Cooper's novel have been eliminated. The result is a decent fantasy movie that's entertaining to watch, but that fails to spark the imagination or encourage the heart and doesn't have much spirit.
Seeking the Dark... Jan 23, 2008
Do Not Read this unless you've seen the film AND read the book ...Massive spoilers!!!!
I've seen this movie 9 times thus far and I plan to buy the DVD. How many times I'll see it in all, I'm not certain, but I've really enjoyed it. The film went by quickly without being rushed, but there is still a lot to cover, so I shall, as usual for my reviews, touch upon what got my attention.
Will Stanton- very believable an for any who complain "it's not realistic" all I have to say is, "How would you react if you were a 14 year old who suddenly discovered magic powers and massive responsibility?" Any who were able to empathize with Harry Potter will easily be able to empathize with Will. Alexander Ludwig does a fine job as the film's hero.
The Rider- Christopher Eccleston is amazing! (as always) Evil should not look that good. Chris is as gorgeous and captivating as ever while still very very dark. He works very well with Rusty and, despite that I know what Chris said in interviews, between what skill he's acquired and Rusty, Chris looks very much like a very experienced rider!
(And no, Chris, you don't look like Popeye in your close ups!)
I like the fact that when the Rider is in disguise as the "doctor" he tries to make Will an offer in addition to just scaring and threatening him.
"I don't forget those who stand with me, nor those who stand against ... "
"These old fools would have you do work that they can't, but they haven't told you that you'll fail."
I'm sure these thoughts crossed Will's mind, especially given that he still thought he was only the 6th son of a 7th son at this point.
Yes, I know the Rider is evil, but he's still captivating.
(First pigeons now ravens, I have to wonder what's next in this sequence)
Maggie Barnes- interesting how it's not Max she winds up with but James, and how all the Stanton boys seem to admire her. And she is still an agent of the Dark.
Max- he strikes me as subbing in for the Walker a bit. He gets used as a pawn by the Dark. It was clear something was up when he returned home from college unexpectedly.
Changes from book to film:
Tom- now Will's lost twin rather than a much older brother and he's not dead! That was a nice twist.
Gwen- Will only has one sister and she's younger. They had a clear bond onscreen. I think maybe this change was made to clear up any 7th son of a 7th son confusion. I'm not certain how this works but what I have read about, it's always been an unbroken line of boys, with no girl births in between. It may not matter in actuality or in the original legends.
The Lady seems to be combined with Ms. Greythorne.
The Walker is missing but with the Signs being hidden differently as well as a different set up for the Book, he was not needed.
The Stantons are now an American family with English ancestry, and I'm not certain why this change was made. Will's dad is now John Stanton a Physics professor rather than Roger Stanton the jeweler. The name change puzzles me but the physics tie in was an interesting addition.
Instead of Mr. Mitothin, the diamond dealer, we get a local doctor for the Rider to disguise himself as. I love how Will recognizes him anyway and is still scared of him. I also like the fact that he acts so benign around Will's mom. Chris looked like he was having a blast with this part of the role.
The attic is now a place of semi-exile rather than a prized sanctuary. It's almost a metaphor for what Will is going through. He's part of a family, yet so different from them. He's an Old One but the youngest one.
The signs are no longer simple quartered circles and I wonder if the art department was having fun. I'm not certain what to make of the final sign being Will's own soul and I wonder how exactly that works.
The Rider's horse is now white rather than black. Rusty is awesome! I also think this may be a reference to the myth/legend that "Death rides a pale horse."
Herne the Hunter and the Wild Hunt is not there nor is either mentioned. Without Herne, there was no need for the mask or the White Mare. Granted I know who Herne is, but I didn't learn much about him until College (University), and I'm still learning. Without the Hunt to chase him away, Will trapped the Rider in a sphere, much as Tom had been.
(I so gotta find that sphere!)
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Fantasy World and Adventure Story That Should Be More Thrilling Jan 13, 2008
First I must confess that I haven't read Susan Cooper's original book. After watching the film which I find disappointing, I thought I might have missed something, so I surfed the net and found the reviews by avid fans complaining about the changes done to the source material. But even if you don't know these changes, you will realize that though the film includes the right elements that would make a great fantasy world, there is something missing in the film version of "The Seeker: The Dark is Rising." In short, it lacks thrills and imagination.
A 14-year-old American boy Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig), now living in England with his family, learns that he is a "chosen" one, "The Seeker." Will is told by "The Old Ones" that only he can obtain the "Signs" that would save the world from the force of "The Dark" (personified by Christopher Eccleston riding a horse). It takes a bit too long for the film to reach where we are informed about this (and we are not quite sure why an American boy, not British), but so far, the film is not bad.
Things start to get worse from there, however. We are told that Will is "The Seeker," but actually he doesn't seek the Signs. As one reviewer on IMDb rightly said, he "stumbles on" them. Then Will is automatically sent to another time and collects the Signs one after another, but watching the process is not very exciting because he has little to do during that and the back story about each time and place is missing.
Probably we need much more time to develop the storyline to make it fully engaging. Will has to find six artifacts in mere 94 minutes and the film also attempts to include the subplots about Will's possible love interest (beautiful Amelia Warner), Will's brother, Will's father and his research. There is virtually no room to breathe, for either characters or audiences, and each action has to be done quickly. This kind of problem is not what you can solve by changing the camera angle or using special effects (effects are excellent, I admit).
I can point out other defects in the script, but the greatest letdown is that the film's script refuses to give Will chances to overcome the obstacles by himself. In fantasy world boys (and girls) must learn something; Harry, Frodo, or four kids Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, they all learn something. Will doesn't, or it looks like that, and this is not definitely what the original book is written for.