Directed by Christopher Smith; Written by Dario Poloni
For being one of the most horrific true events in the history of mankind, the Black Plague Era hasn’t been touched too often by filmmakers.
Christopher Smith dives right in with this exceptional film that centers more on the evil within rather than the evil swirling amongst the rotting corpses throughout the country sides.
Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and Carice van Houten lead an incredibly dark and honest cast. Bean is a man considered “more dangerous than the pestilence” and it’s a shame this film and this role didn’t garner more attention within the award community. He leads a motley crew of soldiers on a quest to a village that remains mysteriously untouched by the plague. The group recruits Osmund, a young monk played by Redmayne, to lead them to the village. Osmund has his own reasons for volunteering for this treacherous duty. Truly disturbing and downright creepy in her role as the head of the “clean” village, van Houten punches in a performance as fantastic as Bean’s.
Full of incredible cinematography and focusing on a story of heartbreaking love, superstition and deep rooted religious fears more so than severed heads and gruesome imagery (although there is plenty), Black Death is a big time winner.
My Rating: 9/10