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The Last Witch Hunter

Despite decent actors and Pittsburgh locations, there’s not much to recommend about this action fantasy thriller

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Breck Eisner’s action fantasy film begins roughly 800 years ago, with witch-hunter Kaulder (Vin Diesel) and his colleagues hot on the trail of the Witch Queen. After a lively fight sequence, Kaulder delivers the final blow to vanquish the queen. But before breathing her last breath, she curses Kaulder with immortality. Fast-forward to the present day and Kaulder, who’s still hunting witches, is shacked up in a swanky New York City apartment that looks suspiciously like Pittsburgh’s own Union Trust Building. (The film was shot here.) Recommending the film are scenes of Pittsburgh; stunning visual effects used to demonstrate magical spells, such as a gummy-bear tree straight out of Hansel and Gretel; and co-stars Elijah Wood, Michael Caine and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones). But overall, there’s not much new or exciting about this film or the mythology within it.


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