The Dark Is Rising

The Dark Is Rising

David L Cunningham (2007)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


A teenager discovers he is the last in a long line of warriors destined to defend the world from dark forces. His duty now is to embark on a perilous journey through time to recover the six parts of a powerful mystical artefact and ensure it is returned to safe hands. Fantasy adventure, starring Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Eccleston and Ian McShane. Edited for daytime broadcast.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVDReleased on: 19 Oct 2007