Not all that bad
A lot of my fellow reviewers like to tackle the technical side of every
movie. Me, well I watch movies if they have someone I like in a major
role or of a certain genre. In this case I watched this because it had
Amy Acker in it and I have been missing her since "Angel" died. Also,
it had John Rhys-Davies, whom I have liked since I saw him in
"Sho-gun." John seems to have been making a living doing these types of
films since the close of "Lord Of The Rings." This is not a new
story-line, nor is it worth adding to your collection, but it is worth
a view the next time it hits SyFy. The main plot is can a young man
kill a dragon and save a King's kingdom. His father was, after-all, a
dragon slayer of some note. Then there is the member of the King's
court who is trying to throw a wrench in the works. The King, by the
way, is played by Arnold Vosloo, who you might just remember from the
The Mummy movies. This is just another of those quickly thrown together
movies that have a few stars who gather in Romania for a few weeks of
bubbajames watch 12 Angry Men movie
awesome movie great for everyone .
It could have been average, but it has ridiculous production values
Imagine a standard story about the evil terror of the land, the good
king, the bad king, the corrupted king adviser, the good princess and
the valiant knight. Any number of scripts and movies could have
provided inspiration for this. But no, they wanted to do it the
MediaPro way. That is, BTW, a Romanian production company.
The result is some nicely drawn dragons, although completely
disconnected. If they weren't "the terror", I would have guessed they
came from another movie altogether. Then the script is completely
boring and there are some absolutely horrible action scenes and acting.
Arnold Vosloo plays well, I think he is one of the good actors around,
too bad he is not cast in decent roles. Why did he accept this role?
Did he need money so badly? Or are people in casting just oblivious to
acting talent and he plays what he can get?
Same goes for John Rhys-Davies. He plays his usual "Professor" type and
has the decency to die when the part got just too ridiculous. His
acting wasn't good either, although I have to admit, any actor would
have been hard pressed to feel motivated in a movie such as this.
The Romanian actors were decent enough, except Cabral Ibacka and
Loredana Groza, who are Romanian TV celebs, not actors, and it
painfully shows. I liked the evil king, too, not because the part was
interesting or the acting great, but because I remember the actor
living in my neighbourhood :)
Bottom line: avoid this. But do look for the extended 5 minute or more
trailer. It looks great and has more production and direction values
than 10 Fire&Ice movies. Maybe they will extend it to a complete
feature film some day :).