HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS
With Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Thomas Mann, Derek Mears, Robin Atkin Downes
Written & Directed by Tommy Wirkola
With the fantasy angle, naturally little attention is paid to realism and historic accuracy or physics in this medieval world. With Matrix-style fighting ability, the witch hunting siblings even sport high power multi-function firearms (in addition to more traditional weaponry like crossbows to dispatch the wicked).
One particular town is panic stricken with their children disappearing (witch kidnappings being the main suspicion). As Hansel and Gretel investigate this influx of dark witches, it become clear that a congregation of covens from all over the land is being planned with a very specific, ruthless and detrimental ritual to be performed a the blood moon. The duo's parental issues of abandonment also get exposed and resolved.
Famke Janssen is one hot witch queen (even when transformed from her lovely guise into her nasty self). Besides the array of deadly witches, throw in some human foes, and even a troll, to turn this already pretty dark fairy-tale premise into an action packed ride.
I saw this in 2D, and frankly, I didn't miss the glasses carving into the bridge of my nose. But if you want to sit and wait for the occasional object flying at you, watch it in 3D.
PS. While this is making light of a myth, let's not forget how many women were accused and murdered by the church and inquisitors for their own misguided cause...
[A more traditional telling of the tale is also set for a 2013 release]
3 / B
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished