Shadow of the Sword (The Headsman)

Shadow of the swordStarringAnastasia GriffithNikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jaime Lannister)

Directed bySimon Aeby

Year: 2005

Plot: XVI century somewhere in mud and feces-covered Europe. A handsome mercenary arrives in a small town and in a quick succession of events knocks up a local witch and replaces her father as a town executioner. That eventually places him on a collision course with his childhood friend, the abbot of the local abbey. When an evil Bishop gets involved, all goes to hell.

Pros: This film is solid. It’s not riveting, it’s not memorable, it’s not above average in any respect. But it’s solid.

Cons: There’s been a lot of nefarious clergy in period pieces lately – no doubt inspired by the present day men of cloth, but we’re tired of the same theme repeated over and over again, and the same plot tool used off the shelf.

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