Hoping to latch on to the next big fantasy franchise, Walden Media — the faith-friendly company bringing us C.S. Lewis’ Christian Narnia
allegory in its entirety — has adapted the first book in Susan Cooper’s beloved The Dark Is Rising
series. Though stylishly produced, this clumsy parable will probably engender more boredom than sequels.
Recently relocated from the United States, 13-year-old Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) lives in a quaint English village with his physics professor father (John Benjamin Hickey), exhausted homemaker mother (Wendy Crewson), three older brothers (Drew Tyler Bell and identical twins Edmund and Gary Entin) and ki...