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I love this film. It shows the very human struggle to survive after they've been knocked from the top of the food chain. It blends medievil mythology with a modern era breathlessly. Definately an original take on Man vs Dragon. Now to get this straight, this is a film about Humans, not about Dragons. The dragons merely supply the unique reason for the apocalypse. This is a film about the post-apocalypse, not the apocalypse. It's not about skies full of Dragons turning worldwide armed forces into ash on an epic scale. It's not about Dragons setting the world, quite literally, on fire. It's about after all that's happened.
Which is a shame this was advertised as a film about Dragons burning all life as we know it. Of course, everyone goes in expecting to see 90 minutes of Dragons destroying everything. If this had been advertised as a more human film about after these Dragons have completely wasted eveything, I really think this could've been seen as a good film. It unfortunately set expectations high in the wrong sort of viewers by a mind-blowingly epic trailer.
Christian Bale, Gerard Butler and Matthew McConaughey all deliver their role superbly, and the script isn't as bad as it's made out to be either. The effects were great and the Dragons do look pretty realistic, to the point I almost believed this was a documentary. Okay, so there are some plotholes, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to fill those in yourself. I mean, does everything have to be explained so obviously?
The only reason this film gets 4 stars and not 5 is because, being a film about human struggle, it could've done with a bit more character development. Other than that, it's a deeply entertaining, well-acted, suspenseful film.
Don't knock it before you see it for yourself.
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2009 20:49:35 GMT
My Oracle says:
Having seen the film myself I have to agree with this reviewer. it is a great film and there are a few points not explained fully however I think it is a fantastic film.
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