… but definitely not great.
Yes, I broke down and rented Dragon Wars. Why? Evidently I’m a masochist. Kind of like how you can’t NOT rubberneck sometimes when you pass a gruesome accident?
Here’s the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372873/
So this came out in September of 2007 and was advertised heavily on television, as I recall. It was a geek’s wet dream — dragons vs. tanks. What more could you want out of life? But as I suspected then, it wasn’t worth seeing at the theater. And the story barely kept me hanging on to the end even as a rental.
Starring Jason Behr as Ethan (he was on the TV show Roswell forever), Amanda Brooks as Sarah (who’s pretty but can’t act well and hasn’t been in anything I remember), and Robert Forster as Jack (who’s been in everything under the sun over the years, but I can’t remember anything specific)…
The plot is that there’s this ancient Korean legend that says that every 500 years these big monsters return to devastate the planet. One good, one evil. The good one simply wants to ascend to the heavens as a dragon. The evil one wants to destroy the world. Ethan (a reporter) and Sarah (a girl) are sucked into the middle of it as their previous lives play out…
Special effects were cool the first time you saw them, but quickly got boring. And the big baddie was annoying more than anything. 1st half was worth watching, 2nd half got yawny. 🙂
If you like cheesy sci-fi and dragons and can stand subtitles (a good chunk of the film is in Korean with English subtitles), it’s worth watching once. But if you want a real dragon movie, watch Reign of Fire (at least it had a good storyline) or even Dragonslayer (a classic fantasy movie).
I’ll give it 1.5 out of 4… It wasn’t absolute trash, but it wasn’t really worth a whole lot. 🙂 Rent it if you have nothing better to watch.
Until next time…