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Black Death

  • Rated R

independent, special interest


As the Black Death decimates all in its path, a fearsome knight (Sean Bean) is charged by the church to investigate rumors of a village -- led by a necromancer -- that the plague cannot reach.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    68%
  • Audience Score
    49%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    68%
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  • Audience

    49%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Director Chris Smith delivers plenty of meaty action here and deploys twists that while not earth-shattering, are satisfyingly clever enough to make this a solid genre flick.

- Alistair Harkness, Scotsman, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: There are echoes of The Wicker Man in this supernatural tale but the storytelling is clunky and disjointed and Smiths fondness for tipsy, hand-held camerawork becomes extremely annoying.

- Allan Hunter, Daily Express, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A gripping piece of Gothic horror.

- Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium, Monday, July 26, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A bleak, gritty and dark take on the middle ages during the time of the Plague. As a group of Christian Knights and mercenaries set out to investigate a village without a sign of the black death together with their young monk guide, they are taking a trip into the heart of darkness. The shaky cam look may be a bit much at times, but you really feel like you're with them and on this dark voyage. The set design is never over the top, but feels realistic and accordingly dirty, which makes for a very unsettling atmosphere. The plot does a pretty decent job in painting those characters with a few significant strokes, the acting is fine, too. But the film's biggest accomplishment is constantly shifting the viewer's allegiance from Christians to Pagans while commenting on the old notion that in order to fight barbarism you have to become a barbarian. The result is never spectacular but very entertaining and enthralling, leaving you with a pretty disconcerting solution. Well done.

- ironclad1609, Monday, March 18, 2013

3 stars

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- aquateen2, Sunday, April 14, 2013

3 stars

Cast: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, David Warner, Carice van Houten, Kimberley Nixon, Andy Nyman, Tim McInnerny, John Lynch, Johnny Harris, Tygo Gernandt Director: Christopher Smith Summary: Sean Bean stars in this historically rooted horror-thriller as Ulric, a church-appointed knight in the age of the Bubonic Plague's first wave who's tasked with investigating rumors of a woman (Carice van Houten) who can bring the dead back to life. A young monk (Eddie Redmayne) named Osmund is aiding Ulric on his quest to root out the necromancer -- and to determine whether or not she has ties to Satan. My Thoughts: "Religion aside, this is a great thriller. The fight scenes are exciting and the acting is great. The story is very interesting and I enjoyed the few surprising twists along the way. Although the film is based around religion, I felt it was more about Osmund's struggle with love, betraying God, and where his grief took him. Its dark, depressing, and bloody. It was a much better film than I had expected it to be."

- LWOODS04, Monday, June 13, 2011