Solomon Kane duce o viata ca-n Iad

Regie: Michael J. Bassett

Actori: James Purefoy, Mark O’Neal, Ian Whyte

Titlu original: Solomon Kane

Filmul de fata este o adaptare construita in jurul personajului Solomon Kane, creat de Robert E. Howard, cel care i-a dat viata si celebrului Conan. Pelicula, care ne trimite la inceputurile personajului, a fost gandita ca prima parte a unei trilogii si ar fi pacat ca celelalte doua filme sa nu fie produse, deoarece ritmul inevitabil mai lent al primei parti nu poate lasa loc decat pentru continuari mult mai alerte. In fine, inainte de a trece la poveste, vreau sa il trec in revista pe interpretul lui Solomon Kane, James Purefoy, care aduce rolului substanta si determinarea pe care scenariul o cere.

Un mercenar devenit razboinic impotriva raului

Filmul are loc in secolul XVII si ni-l prezinta pe Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) in postura unui lider mercenar nemilos aflat in slujba Reginei Elizabeta I. Kane isi duce echipajul navei catre victorie impotriva unei armate de otomani care pusese stapanire pe un oras-fortareata din Africa de Nord. Intrati in fortareata, Kane si echipajul sunt luati prin surprindere de demoni ascunsi in oglinzile unei camere si majoritatea isi gasesc sfarsitul. Dar asta e cea mai mica problema a lui Kane: ajuns in camera tronului, de unde incearca sa fure comoara, capitanul mercenarilor il intalneste pe trimisul diavolului care ii dezvaluie ca actiunile sale l-au condamnat la iad. Kane reuseste insa sa se salveze in ultima clipa, sarind in mare.

Dupa aceasta inspaimantatoare intalnire, Solomon Kane se dedica unei vieti pasnice pentru a scapa de amenintarea diavolului care asteapta sa ii revendice sufletul. Intors in Anglia, incearca sa obtina izbavirea la o manastire, insa este alungat de catre abate in urma unor vise stranii. Kane se hotaraste sa se intoarca in Devon, locul in care se afla pamanturile familiei, pe care nu le-a mai vazut de cand a fost dezmostenit de tatal sau. Pe drum este insa atacat de banditi si, din cauza juramantului de a se lepada de violenta, nu riposteaza. Lasat sa sangereze pe marginea drumului, este salvat de familia Crowthorns, o familie de puritanisti care se indreapta catre vest pentru a pleca inspre America.

Kane ii insoteste, dar sunt atacati din nou, de data aceasta de catre soldatii feroce ai vrajitorului Malachi, condusi de locotenentul acestuia, Calaretul Mascat. Membrii familiei Crowthorns sunt ucisi fara mila in fata ochilor lui Kane, cu exceptia fiicei Meredith, care este luata prizoniera, si a mamei, Katherine. Chiar inainte sa moara, tatal familiei ii spune lui Kane ca isi va gasi izbavirea si va scapa de chinurile iadului daca o salveaza pe fiica sa. Astfel, Kane isi rupe juramantul, se inarmeaza din cap pana in picioare si pleaca pe urmele soldatilor lui Malachi pentru a o salva pe Meredith, intr-o calatorie plina de lupte sangeroase si rasturnari de situatie care il vor pune pe Kane in ipostaza de a infrunta nu numai demoni supranaturali, ci si in situatia de a-si confrunta propriul trecut.
Solomon Kane, un altfel de supererou

Chiar daca nu am citit povestile lui Robert E. Howard, universul lui Solomon Kane prezentat in filmul de fata este inchegat, coerent, si are parte de atmosfera sumbra pe care un personaj bantuit de alegeri morale o cere. Cu toate ca banuiesc ca distribuirea lui James Purefoy in rolul principal are la baza similitudinile fizionomice dintre acesta si Hugh Jackman, actorul mi-a dovedit pana la final ca este potrivit acestui rol. Asta pentru ca Solomon Kane este putin diferit fata de supereroii cu care suntem obisnuiti: el trebuie sa ia tot timpul decizii care transcend clasica delimitare bine-rau, trebuie sa se raporteze permanet la constiinta sa si la consecintele pe care actiunile sale le pot avea. Pe scurt, rolul nu este tocmai floare la ureche. Cat despre imaginea filmului, aceasta este curata, pe alocuri avem parte de peisaje fantasy superbe, iar efectele speciale – chiar daca isi fac cu judiciozitate simtita prezenta – au menirea de a da acea tusa care contribuie semnificativ la definirea filmului.

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