Tagline: You are stronger than you realize. Wiser than you know. What was once your life is now your legend.
Plot: ERAGON, a fantasy adventure for young people based on the phenomenally successful novel by Christopher Paolini – the first book in the young author’s epic Inheritance Trilogy – is a timeless yet modern tale.
The book’s most fantastical character – a flying dragon named Saphira – arrives via the high-tech wizardry of the industry’s most honored visual effects houses: WETA Digital (the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "King Kong") and Industrial Light & Magic (the "Star Wars" films, "Jurassic Park"). In addition, WETA created ERAGON’s climactic and massive battle scene, in which the forces of good, led by the young Dragon Rider Eragon and Saphira, battle the armies of the evil King Galbatorix.
For over two millennia, dragons have been – depending on the culture and times – beloved, feared, or even worshipped. Today, the mythical creatures are a mainstay of pop culture. ERAGON’s Saphira is inspired by the rich heritage of the storied winged creatures, but for the first time, the power of state-of-the-art computer generated imagery brings myth to
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Just re-watch Star Wars instead and pretend George Lucas has made another special edition with a dragon flying around. You'll have a better time. I guarantee it.
Despite my gripes, I'm sure this movie will do well. If every kid that bought the book shows up at theaters, then the movie will rake in the dough. And there are plenty of people out there that didn't read the book who want to see cool action scenes. Whether or not there's a sequel, as the end of the movie implies, remains to be seen. 6/10
--Scott Chitwood (ComingSoon.net)
The effects are impressive but the script, acting and direction are desperately dull. As much as it would dearly love to be, Eragon is no Lord of the Rings.
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
Should play well to young audience during the holidays. Then the dragon movie, like the Christmas goose and New Year's turkey, should vanish rapidly.
--Kirk Honeycutt (Hollywod Reporter)
|...ultimately dissolves into banal “Lord of the Rings” action territory, but with less fan-baiting attention to detail; it’s mostly just a bunch of actors trying to look involved while attempting to act through their bad wigs and Studio 54 reject outfits. The ending of the film not only suggests a sequel, it all but promises one. After suffering through this film, I’ll take any hint of a continuation as a hostile threat. D|
--Brian Orndorf (FilmJerk.com)