Seventh Son **Dir: Sergei Bodrov. With: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander. 102 mins. Cert: 12A
Every now and again, Hollywood relocates key talent to the wilds for the express purpose of spunking millions of dollars over a cliff. Here’s one such occasion: a 3D mock-epic in which beard-and-scenery-chewing witchhunter Jeff Bridges mentors third-choice chosen one Ben Barnes to slay shapeshifting dragon lady Julianne Moore. Director Sergei Bodrov opts for mindless overkill, stocking every Dante Ferretti-designed set with kung fu Tartars and vengeful Vishnus, and hoping we’ll be too psyched or numbed to notice the dubious white-blando-puts-minorities-to-the-sword subtext. It’s lively-daft, but you do find yourself wondering: all this expertise, and the best anybody could think to do with it was this?
Seventh Son opens in cinemas nationwide today.