Vin Diesel arrived on the big screen with an assist by Steven Spielberg in the movie Saving Private Ryan. His breakout role was the character Riddick in the film, Pitch Black. Since then he's been a household name spawning many franchises such as Riddick and most notably the The Fast and Furious series. The Last Witch Hunter is supposed to be his new franchise, but my gut tells me this time it's not going to succeed.
While I liked the premise of the story, the movie didn’t work. The story centers on an ancient warrior witch hunter who is cursed with immortality while trying to kill a witch. Over an 800-year span, his job is to maintain the order and keep the peace between witches, warlocks and humans. This sounds terribly familiar, doesn't it? Isn't that the same premise as Highlander, Blade, Season of the Witch and his other movies (Riddick)? It's a never-ending battle, which becomes a great fit for a new franchise series. They've even added Michael Caine as his "Dolan" (supporter and holder of his memoirs) who was greatly supportive as Alfred in the Batman: The Dark Knight franchise, in order to help secure this undertaking.
Unfortunately, the movie didn't hit on all cylinders. While I like watching Vin Diesel play the same role he always plays (tough guy), the movie was too convoluted and was jumping badly between modern and ancient times, along with languages from both eras, making it difficult to follow. The filmmakers tried to put too much into this story in a short period of time, and after a while, it just became dull¾because you know you've seen it before. There's only so much you can do with special effects, but in the end, it's all about the story, the characters, and whether or not you really feel empathy for the characters. If there is no connection, then it becomes cartoonish, and you're just following along until the last page.
While this may have been an expensive movie to make, I don't know if audiences would run to the box office to see it, since they've seen it many times before and have seen Vin Diesel play the same role. I was hoping for more, but unfortunately, I was just disappointed. I'm not giving up on Diesel, but I'd like to see his next project elevate him to a higher role.