Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters —a new action film presented in IMAX 3D that is very loosely based on the famous German fairy tale —delivers surprisingly profound commentary on the epidemic of diabetes. Hansel, played by Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner , is now a full-grown adult who tortures and mass-murders sadistic Wiccans for money and justice in the 19th century. At one point early in the movie, he sits down to chat with an attractive young village woman. Suddenly, he rips a stout syringe out of his pocket and plunges it into his skin. The witch-killing protagonist informs the villager that when he was a child a witch force-fed him vast quantities of evil candy. Because of this, he has to take these injections every day, or he will die on the spot. Anyway, the rest of the film directed by Nazi zombies auteur Tommy Wirkola and co-produced by Will Ferrell involves a lot of witches doing kung fu and eating small children from the village. If you enjoy watching witches doing kung fu in 3D, then this movie is for you. If you have ever desired to watch Famke Janssen portray Bloodlusting Witch Hitler, then this movie is for you.
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Worse, perhaps, this low quality, nasty movie comes with a very strong occult worldview where white witches battle evil witches. The movie opens with a father taking young Hansel and Gretel into the woods. Hansel and Gretel come across a candy house, are lured inside, and wind up fighting their first witch. As the opening credits start to roll, their childhood exploits as witch hunters are extolled. Cut to Hansel and Gretel as adults. They are being hired to find and return some children kidnapped by evil witches for nefarious purposes. Eventually, they become the hunted themselves.