Better Than the Average Sci-Fi Offering
Right now eight people have rated this movie at 8.8. Believe me, it's
nowhere near that good. I'm suspecting that, the others having seen a
lot of dreck on the Sci-Fi Channel, are actually floored by mere
What F&I has going for it is a coherent plot, good sets, decent
photography and likable characters. What's going against it is a
formula script and adequate-to-poor special effects. The dragons do
their job, if not always imaginatively but the really laughable
creatures are some orc-type walking bushes called the Forest People.
Fortunately their two appears are brief.
Also too brief is John Rhys-Davies performance as the hero's mentor,
predictably the best in the film. The reluctant hero (Tom Wisdom) and
plucky heroine (Amy Acker) are adequate and easy to watch. The rest of
the performances are by-the-numbers, though none outstandingly bad.
The best way to enjoy this movie would be to skip to the last
half-hour, specifically to the final hero-versus-dragon battle. When
that's over, you can turn it off..
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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..