The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising ** (out of ****)

Director: David L. Cunningham
Writer: Screenplay by John Hodge based on a book by Susan Cooper
Cast: Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane, Christopher Eccleston, Frances Conroy
Rating: PG (Fantasy Action)
Running Time: 98 min
Release Date: 10/5/2007

The Seeker is the story of Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig), a 14 year old boy, who everyone thinks is 13 for some reason. We first see him as a somewhat frustrated youth. There is an older girl who seems to be flirting with him. While is encouraged by her interest it seem unlikely that shy will has any real chance with her. However, one day she mysteriously drops her red scarf and Will rescues it giving him an opening. He should keep in mind that if it looks to good to be true it usually is.

As in Harry Potter movies, Will’s home life is rather frustrating. He is the youngest son and gets moved up to the attic when his oldest brother returns from college. However, Will is a very special boy who has unknown powers. On a trip to the mall he buys a trinket for his sister, who seems to be the only member of his family that really has time for him. Shortly thereafter, he is accused of shoplifting by the police and taken away to a private room for questioning. Will has done nothing wrong and during questioning the two police offices turn out to be demonic creatures. It is through this confrontation that he discovers his hidden powers.

Later at a Christmas party, he meets Merriman Lyon (Ian McShane) the leader of the Old Ones who are in a supernatural battle with the forces of “The Dark” led by The Rider (Christopher Eccleston). Through the Old Ones, Will learns that he is The Seeker and has the mission to collect the six Signs. He must possess them to be able to defeat The Rider and prevent the destruction of the world.

Given that Christopher Eccleston was cast in the role of the Doctor in the new Dr. Who series led me to realize that the plot was reminiscent of The Key to Time season of Dr. Who from in the mid-1970s. Will collects one key after another as he is magically transported to various places in time. Could Maggie Barnes (Amelia Warner), the girl whose scarf he eventual returns, be the final sign? During the show I mused that perhaps The Seeker was based on The Key to Time season. However, The Seeker books predate the Dr. Who so if there was any barrowing in must have in the other direction.

Here is some deeper mysticism contained within this movie. Will is told that he is the seventh son of a seventh son and this is significant in his role as The Seeker. His number is 7 times 7 or 49. But in base 7 that would be designated by the numeral 100. But also consider that 49 in base 10 is numerologically equivalent to 4 + 9 = 13 and 13 is equivalent to 1 + 3 = 4 and in base 2 the number is designated by the numeral 100. This explains why everyone thinks he is 13 at the beginning of the movie. I’ve shown above 13 has the same numerological meaning as 100 (base 2).

This is an acceptable movie for the families with younger children. It does uphold the idea that we can all have a role to play in the great struggle between "The Dark" and "The Light".

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