Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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

Release date:
Friday December 15 2006
104 mins

Cast and crew

Stefan Fangmeier
Peter Buchman, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Jesse Wigutow
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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