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Adapted from a children's novel by precocious teenager Christopher Paolini, this cut-and-paste 'sword and sorcery' film is a painful reminder of what fantasy cinema was like before the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy re-wrote the rules. Ineptly directed by visual effects supervisor Fangmeier, the predictable storyline lumbers from scene to scene like a wounded, flightless dragon. Newcomer Speelers plays the more-anodyne-than-Anakin hero, Eragon, a reluctant dragon rider destined to free his people from the tyrannical King Galbatorix (Malkovich), head-case sorcerer Durza (Carlyle), and hordes of tattooed Urgal berserkers. Encouraged by his care-worn mentor, Brom (Irons), Eragon grows into his role as a spell-casting, sword-wielding avenger. Just as female dragon Saphira (voiced by Rachel Weisz) grows rapidly from a blinky-eyed baby to a napalm-breathing nemesis. Inevitably, the story culminates with an epic confrontation between the Eragon-led Varden rebels and the shape-shifting Durza's ugly Urgal army. Sienna Guillory's winsome elf princess Arya supplies the nascent love interest. Malkovich shows an understandable lack of interest.

By: Nigel Floyd


Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday December 15 2006
Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stefan Fangmeier
Screenwriter: Peter Buchman, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Jesse Wigutow
Cast: Ed Speleers
Jeremy Irons
Sienna Guillory
Robert Carlyle
John Malkovich
Djimon Hounsou
Garrett Hedlund
Gary Lewis
Chris Egan
Tamsin Egerton
Joss Stone
Ralph Brown
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If you've read the book, dont bother watching the film. The similarities are minimal, the chain of events entirely different, and to be honest, from ten minutes in all i kept saying to myself was "its all wrong". disappointing to say the least.

Like the book. Hated the movie. I remember being in the cinema with some of my friends (we were all roughly 12 at the time) and the only bit anyone (the girls) thought was even remotely interesting was when speelers took off his shirt. although its kinda entertaining in a bad way

This film offers nothing knew to the already overflowing fantasy genre. The effects get some credibility and so too does the locations and the costume design. However, dialogue is a pathetic LOTR "wannabe" style. The film presents no unexpected plot twists which are included in the book. The acting is boring and every scene looks like a "single take" shot. I will say however that for a first time director it is a credible effort, the visual effects come through strongly.

I was wondering why the dvd at my local supermarket was a lot cheaper than an average cinema ticket - after watching I found out - total disappointment to a superb book.

Went to see this film, not knowing any thing about it nor it's story line. Was pleasantly surprised, a very good film enjoyed by my self and my daughter. great for all ages, lots of adventure good clean family film.