'Black Death' directed by Christopher Smith (Severance) takes place in Europe...The year is 1348...And things aren't going so great. The Bubonic Plague has broken out and threatens to basically decimate everyone in its path. Fear and superstition is at an all time high. No one has figured out that the Plague comes from a rat bite.
The Church is starting to lose its grip on the people which of course makes the holy ones very unhappy. Plus, there are rumors of a village, hidden in a marshland, that is untouched by the Plague. That can mean only one thing...The villagers have to be in cahoots with the devil. It doesn't help that there is also talk of a necromancer living there who is able to bring the dead back to life.
Ulric (Sean Bean) a fearsome knight, is ordered by the Church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his not so merry band of mercenary soldiers to the marshland to find these so called evil doers. Osmund agrees to help but he has a hidden motive for wanting to leave his monastery. And it involves a chick.
The journey to the village and the events that unfold take Osmund, Ulric and the mercenaries into the heart of darkness and eventually, they face horrors that will put their faith in God to the ultimate test.
'Black Death' is a very violent, but very well made film. It's part horror story, part historical epic. It's also a film that is very easy to relate to in terms of the time, religious intolerance and the fear of global pestilence. Things that are still going on today. In the 14th century, they had the Bubonic Plague which killed half the population of Europe....We have SARS, Swine Flu, Ebola...Anyone one of these has the potential to wipe us out. Makes you kind of wonder...Have things really changed that much? 'Two Jews On Film' awarded this film not only bagels but a shmere. 'Black Death' opens in theaters, Friday, March 11, 2011.