The Seeker The Dark is Rising parents guide

The Seeker The Dark is Rising Parent Guide

Overall B

Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) thought he was just an ordinary kid, until he meets a group of mysterious warriors who claim he is one of them. Enlisting his help to fight the forces of evil, the young boy finds himself traveling through time, seeking clues to stop "The Dark" from rising.

Release date October 4, 2007

Violence B-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use B

Why is The Seeker The Dark is Rising rated PG? The MPAA rated The Seeker The Dark is Rising PG for fantasy action and some scary images.

Parent Movie Review

Once again, the world is faced with imminent destruction. Luckily there is a champion waiting in the wings to save the day. He just doesn't know it yet.

This classic theme of light versus dark pits a young 14-year-old boy against the forces of evil in a small English village. Along with his parents (Wendy Crewson, John Benjamin Hickey), Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) and his siblings have recently relocated to the quiet town to start afresh after a family tragedy. It's a roughhousing bunch of six boys and one little girl.

Still, the spinster Miss Greythorne (Frances Conroy) and her assistant Merriman Lyon (Ian McShane) welcome the newcomers into the neighborhood at a Christmas open house. But Will soon learns there is more to the invitation than sociality. When The Rider (Christopher Eccleston), a masked man astride a charging horse, chases him through the forest, the hosts come to his rescue and reveal his role as The Seeker who will restore good in a troubled world threatened by the horseman's wicked intentions.

Doubting their story, Will refuses to believe he is anything more than an awkward teen that can't even muster enough courage to talk to a girl. However, Merriman and Miss Greythorne along with two other townsfolk, Old George (Jim Piddock) and Dawson (James Cosmos), urge Will to develop his extraordinary powers including his ability to time travel. With the world's wellbeing heading for obliteration, the young teen has five days to collect six symbolic signs that will reverse the advance of the dark forces.

While there is little other content concern in this film adaptation Susan Cooper's of novel, Will's quest makes for plenty of tense, though bloodless, action violence. The boy searches through snake-infested tombs, sneaks past medieval pillagers, and comes to blows with his own knife-wielding brother. He also fights off fantastical creatures sent by The Rider to hamper his efforts.

For viewers, distracting camerawork and an excess of special effects make it hard to follow an already disjointed storyline. The script also fails to make an emotional connection between the characters and the audience. Still, the film offers teens a strong, positive message about the abilities of youth. It will just take a little seeking to find it.

Starring Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Eccleston, Ian McShane, Frances Conroy.. Theatrical release October 4, 2007. Updated

The Seeker The Dark is Rising
Rating & Content Info

Why is The Seeker The Dark is Rising rated PG? The Seeker The Dark is Rising is rated PG by the MPAA for fantasy action and some scary images.

Fantasy action violence includes mythical creatures and some unkind ravens that attack a young boy as he seeks for hidden signs. Snakes, medieval warriors, cock-fighting bar customers, falling icicles and a knife-wielding boy also threaten the hero. Alcohol is served in social settings and a brief term of Deity is used.

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The Seeker The Dark is Rising Parents' Guide

,p>How does The Rider play on human fears and foibles? What effect does fear have on Will’s brother? How does pride also afflict characters?

What does Will learn about sacrifice? How does his little sister encourage him?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Seeker The Dark is Rising movie is March 17, 2008. Here are some details…

With its official title now shorted to The Seeker, this movie releases to DVD on a flipper disc (meaning the widescreen and full screen versions are on each side of one disc). Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

 

Related home video titles:

In The Chronicles of Narnia, four siblings embark on a fantastical journey to restore goodness. A young farm boy is destined to become the next dragon rider and save his people from the evil rule of ruthless king in Eragon. Younger audiences can join Arthur as he slides down a telescope into the magical (animated) world of little people who are holding his grandfather captive in Arthur and the Invisibles.

DVD Notes: The Seeker

DVD Release Date: 11 March 2008

With its official title now shorted to The Seeker, this movie releases to DVD on a flipper disc (meaning the widescreen and full screen versions are on each side of one disc). Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.