The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

  • 12
  • David L Cunningham (2007)
  • US
  • 94 min
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

The success of Harry Potter has reinvigorated children's fantasy cinema and this lacklustre outing is just one of several attempts to cash in on the wizards and witches boom. Its pedigree is impressive, at least, being based on the second of British author Susan Cooper's five-book cycle of Arthurian fantasy novels about the battle between the forces of Light and Dark. This hurried, far-from-faithful adaptation follows American teen in England Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) as he discovers that he's the last of a group of immortal warriors, led by Merriman (Ian McShane) and Miss Greythorne (Frances Conroy). To defeat The Rider (Christopher Eccleston) and restore the power of Light, Will must hunt for six mythical signs scattered across time - but these journeys to the Viking era and beyond prioritise special effects at the expense of coherent plotting. David L Cunningham's showy direction leaves no overhead camera shot unused, while overindulging in the kind of rapid editing that may make children lose their Happy Meals.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure based on Susan Cooper's award-winning The Dark Is Rising novels, starring Alexander Ludwig and Christopher Eccleston. The Christmas holidays end early for schoolboy Will Stanton when he discovers that he is the Seeker,the last in a line of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the evil Rider and the powers of the Dark.

Cast and crew


Will Stanton
Alexander Ludwig
The Rider
Christopher Eccleston
Merriman Lyon
Ian McShane
Miss Greythorne
Frances Conroy
Gregory Smith
Maggie Barnes
Amelia Warner
James Cosmo
Old George
Jim Piddock
The Walker
Jonathan Jackson
Mary Stanton
Wendy Crewson


David L Cunningham

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Some violence.
Available on DVD
Released 19 Oct 2007
Certificate 12
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.