THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING (*1/2) - Starring Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane, Christopher Eccleston, Frances Conroy, Wendy Crewson and James Cosmo.
Directed by David L. Cunningham.
I'm a fan of Ian McShane and of family-friendly fantasy, so this had two plusses from me going in. However, I am fairly confident, having not read the books, to say this can't be that faithful. My sister-in-law read the books and she said she could tell from the trailer they'd made it stupid. I'm sure in the books, the rules of this universe make sense.
There has been a secret war going on for thousands of years between Light and Dark... Ah, forget it. I was going to try to explain what the plot is, but it didn't really make much sense to me. The rules were explained fairly quickly in dialogue. Needless to say, this 14-year-old boy, the seventh son of a seventh son, has the power to travel through time and collect six "signs" to stop the Dark from rising and taking over Earth. They're these patterned boxes that looks like they'll contain Wal-Mart jewelry.
The Dark is this dude on a horse played by Christopher Eccleston. He rides around saying his power is growing. We see him change his voice and command swirling dark clouds, but he doesn't come close to being scary. The boy collects his trinkets and heads into a final showdown with the Dark lord, which is very anticlimactic because we don't care about the characters, and the rules of who wins this magic battle seem arbitrary.