Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco and Gerard Butler
Director: Rob Cohen
Running Time: 102 mins
buy on DVD 2nd June
While working on
the extension to the Jubilee Line, engineers disturb the layer of a creature
that has laid dormant for thousands of years. Eighteen years later and the
Earth is in ruins and the human race is on the verge of extinction. Living
in small remote communities, the few remaining humans are living in extreme
conditions. One group of survivors is headed by Quinn (Bale). His small
castle commune in Northumbria is doing what they can just to get by until
an America military outfit visits them. Lead by Van Zan (McConaughey), he
announces that he plans to fight and take back the Earth from the Dragons.
the world is a great concept for a Hollywood blockbuster and this movie
delivers most of the thrills that you might be expecting.
Director Rob Bowman
(X-Files: Fight for the Future) brings an action packed apocalyptic vision
of a future under the rule of the fire breathing menace and he does it very
well. You cannot complain about the look of the movie, as the medieval designed
sets and special effects are top-notch. The dragons are especially good
and are complimented by brilliant pyrotechnics.
from Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey are also good. Bale brings a
certain amount of dignity to his character and McConaughey is a suitably
over-the-top cocky American. Izabella Scorupco looks as beautiful as ever
in is a more positive and strong female role.
The only main complaint
is that I would have like to have seen more of the Dragons. Their destruction
of the Earth is not shown in great detail only in newspaper clippings and
still images. Whether this was to do with budget restraints or the current
social attitudes towards the destruction of cities and excessive loss of
life, it takes something away from what could have been a jaw dropping opening
sequence. The ending seems a tad rushed, with the expected huge military
battle between the Humans and Dragons never appearing.
This aside the film
is still really good fun and has enough action to please most people. It
is just a shame that the finished movie does live up to the expectations
that the fabulous poster and trailer promised.
director Rob Bowman, 'If You Can't Stand The Heat': a pyrotechnics featurette,
'Breathing Life Into The Terror': a 'Making Of' featurette, Theatrical trailer,
Interactive menu & Scene access
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