The movie is so bad that I didn't even bother to finish it.
The story is simple. We have this kingdom called Carpia or something.
People living there used to be happy and all that stuff until a fire
dragon strikes simply because it felt like destroying things. After
all, that's what dragons do. The burn stuff and kill stuff. So the
tomboy princess of the kingdom decides to be a hero and tries to reach
an ex-knight who is known for being someone who knows ways to defeat a
dragon. Unknown to her though, this ex-knight happens to be dead.
However, he has a son so everything's OK. So the tomboy princess
reaches this guy and asks him to get rid of the dragon, which he kindly
refuses at first. He eventually agrees when she offered to pay him. I
guess it's probably because: "Cash rules everything around me,
C.R.E.A.M., get the money, dollar dollar bill ya'll" - Wu Tang Clan
Meanwhile, the king is being persuaded to give in to the terms offered
by the evil ruler of another kingdom in order to keep the dragon away.
Seriously, if any of you who actually plan to watch this expect this to
be as good as any fantasy-related blockbuster movie, then there's a
problem with you. But this movie is flat out bad. Yes, even by TV movie
standards. TV movies are known for having cheesy and amateur script
writing as well as B- acting, but that doesn't necessarily mean they
are always bad. On occasion, they are fun to watch. XIII is a great
This movie however, has a really terrible script. While most things in
the plot do add up, the characters are incredibly weak (A dragon slayer
who cares only about money but later becomes a hero? I'm damned). No
matter what they do, you just can't help but think that's just stupid
(Charging in while the guards are changing shifts isn't an advantage).
And given the fact that this is supposed to be set in the medieval
times, there shouldn't be any projectors present at the time.
Of course, given that this movie has a horrendous script, it's
difficult to expect any good acting to be seen. It's actually
surprising to see Arnold Vosloo in this flick, as you know, he had
always been a good actor and was very consistent. Most of the
actors/actresses are bad in this one, especially Amy Acker. I have to
admit I'm kind of a Amy Acker fan. Still, I have to say that she's
horrible in this one. If you can't perform well due to a bad script, at
least get the accent right. In this case, her accent is just flat out
unbearable. You can clearly hear the American accent in every line she
says. Seriously, a Chinese like me can play out an English/Irish accent
better than her, and it's not even like I'm good at playing accents.
Amy Acker is just annoying the this flick.
Maybe whoever in this film participated for a paid vacation? That's the
best explanation I could come up with.
The soundtrack and the CGI stands out in a positive way, not because
they're extremely good, but because the other aspects didn't quite work
out. That's why it's surprising to see watchable CGI and a somewhat
original soundtrack which was actually close to bringing up the tone in
To be honest, had this movie live up to its potential, it wouldn't
score more than 6 or 7 out of 10. The whole movie was a bad idea to
begin with anyway. This is also why I'm surprised to see a theatrical
release in Romania, as this disaster wouldn't even qualify for a
TV movies doesn't necessarily mean bad movies. While they are actually
stereotyped as cheesy, that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. I enjoy
cheesy movies and lines. I enjoy corny love-hate relationships and all
that. You don't need a huge budget to make something great, you just
need the heart and determination. You can clearly see that all of those
who were somehow related to the production of this movie don't have the
heart to make a good movie.
And one more thing, Sci Fi should stick to science fiction..
bubbajames watch Every Dog's Day movie
awesome movie great for everyone .
jeffzerro watch The Water Horse movie
leuke film, zeker zien.
Potential exceeds execution by a wide margin
This was a cheapie DVD from the supermarket checkout bin. It stars Amy
Acker (Fred from Angel), Arnold Vosloo (Imhotep from the Mummy movies),
John Rhys-Davies (from any fantasy movie which will stand still long
enough for him to get into costume and nip in front of the camera), a
chap called Tim Wisdom who I've never heard of before and never expect
to hear of again given his achievements in this movie, and a couple of
dozen people whose names end in -escu (which also applies to most of
Intrepid princess Amy Acker gets stuck into finding a way of defending
the kingdom from a fire-breathing dragon. Which involves setting an
ice-breathing dragon onto it. Which, as it turns out, isn't actually
that great an idea.
Thing is, there's actually some potential here. Acker is OK, Vosloo is
always fun, Rhys-Davies does his usual thing (Brian Blessed-lite), and
the assorted -escus manage to be in the right place at the right time.
More importantly, it looks good. The cinematographer plainly knows what
he's up to, and the film is very attractively photographed. And despite
a less than generous budget, the CGI dragons (clearly based on
stingrays) are, for the most part, well animated and well integrated
into the background plates, far more so than is usually the case for
this sort of movie.
But everything is massively let down by the script. Every plot
development is either signalled well in advance or else is hugely
predictable. There are constant exhortations to the princess to stay
where she is, remain out of danger etc., and she takes no notice of any
of them. By about the 10th time she has ignored all advice and rushed
into peril, they even make a story point out of it.
The -escus all swordfight by rushing at their opponent brandishing
their swords over their head - clearly they all had the same
swordfighting teacher, and he was crap.
And regrettably the showdown scrap between the dragons is also crap -
well animated, but nothing actually happens. And it doesn't happen A
LOT. In fact you wonder whether it's ever going to stop not happening.
And then factor in endless riding across the same hill, field, and bit
In the end, though it's the script which lets it down..