The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) (part 1 of 14)
The Cast of Characters:
Will Stanton, aka The Seeker (Alexander Ludwig). The seventh son of a seventh son, and therefore blessed with great powers. He’s supposed to seek out seven “signs,” none of which are ever actually used for anything, and which doesn’t seem to require much in the way of hard work. Being the last of a magical group called “The Old Ones” means he can do all kinds of nifty stuff including summoning fire and moving stuff with his mind, but he doesn’t actually use those powers for anything remotely useful. In the book he was British; here he’s been changed into a transplanted American for absolutely no reason. Likes to complain a lot.
The Rider (Christopher Eccleston). The big cheese of Evil. Well, actually, he’s the only evil character in the movie, pretty much. Aside from the evil old lady who only appears in one scene, and the traitor-in-the-ranks whose identity can be spotted within ten seconds. The Rider likes to, well, ride around on a scary white horse, wearing a big cloak and spouting eeeevil dialogue, although just what he wants to achieve isn’t clear. The rest of the time he’s masquerading as the friendly village doctor, which I found freaking hilarious.
Maggie (Amelia Warner). A local hot chick (well, Pioneertown Hot, anyway), whom Will has a very inappropriate crush on. She goes off with his older brother while smirking a lot and looking suspiciously unsuspicious. Since she has pretty much no purpose in the story, I figured out her real reasons for being there very quickly (aside from “add some sex appeal to the movie,” of course).
Will’s Brothers (Drew Tyler Bell, Edmund Entin, Gary Entin, Gregory Smith, etc.). I put them all together since they don’t have that much personality or impact on the plot. Reviewers have said they act an awful lot like the Weasley family in Harry Potter, and I’m sorta forced to agree—the twins (the Entins, I presume) act almost exactly like a less charming version of Fred ‘n’ George Weasley, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Mostly they’re just around to prove that Will is, indeed, the seventh son, and they’re almost universally annoying or boring (often both).
Will’s Mum and Dad (Wendy Crewson and John Benjamin Hickey). For no reason they’ve changed Dad’s first name from “Roger” to “John.” Dad is a burnt-out university scholar busy writing a nonsensical thesis, and Mum is your typical caring mother trying to deal with too many children, etc.
Gwen Stanton (Emma Lockhart). Will’s adorable sister, and pretty much the only person in his family who’s got time for him. She doesn’t do much except look adorable, rescue a kitten and be astonishingly calm about her bother’s sudden manifestation of incredible powers.
The Old Ones (Ian McShane, Frances Conroy, etc.). A bunch of local eccentrics who turn out to be part of some kind of secret group of powerful freedom f- uh, defenders of the forces of Light, or some damn thing. They don’t do much except give Will some rather half-hearted mentoring, drop in and out of the plot willy-nilly and recite “you are the Seeker” eight thousand times. Oh, and they also have the good luck to appear in one of the most memorably stupid scenes in the whole movie.
Alexander Ludwig’s Smirk (himself). This little fella appears so often in the movie I thought he deserved his own credit. It was a toss-up between that and the Ominous Crows.