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Eragon (PG)





Release Date: December 15th, 2006 by 20th Century Fox.
The Cast: Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Weisz.
Directed by Stefen Fangmeier.

BASIC PREMISE: When Eragon (Speleers) befriends Saphira (voice of Rachel Weisz), a dragon, he must defeat his new enemy, King Galbatorix (Malkovich), who wants him and the dragon dead. Based on the children's book by Christopher Paolini.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: With its mediocre special effects, unfocused plot and dull characters, Eragon works best as a cheesy, 80ís-style fantasy adventure. A young boy named Eragon, a played by the rather wooden actor, Edward Speelers, stumbles upon a dragon egg which he mistakes for a farmerís stone. When the egg hatches, a dragon emerges and, soon enough, Eragon befriends itóitís name is Saphira, not that it really matters. John Malkovich gives a silly performance as the evil King Galbatorix who tries to vanquish Saphira and Eragon. Meanwhile, Eragon trains his battle skills with a warrior named Brom, played by Jeremy Irons who adds some gravitas to the film. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters seem very silly and dull. Screenwriter Peter Buchman fails to add any real excitement and keeps much of the dialogue and a weak romantic subplot painfully dryónot that it has to be true-to-life, but it should at least be livelier. Director Stefen Fangmeier also falis to add entertainment value with mediocre special effects with noticeable use of blue screens on poor transitions between scenes. On top of that, Saphira the dragon doesnít move its mouth when it speaks, making this unintentionally seem like an absurd midnight movie.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 9

IN A NUTSHELL: Cheesy special effects with a dry script and unfocused, dull plot.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV


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