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Age of the Dragons (2012)

Danny Glover , Vinnie Jones , Ryan Little  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Vinnie Jones, Corey Sevier, Larry Bagby, Kepa Kruse
  • Directors: Ryan Little
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007SO31BG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Age of the Dragons" on IMDb

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Age of the Dragons is an adaptation of Herman Melville s classic novel Moby Dick. Set in a medieval realm where Captain Ahab and crew hunt dragons for the vitriol that powers their world, Ishmael, a charismatic harpooner and his friend Queequeg join their quest. Ahab s adopted daughter Rachel, beautiful and tough, runs the hunting vessel. Ahab s obsession to seek revenge on a great White Dragon that slaughtered his family when he was young and left his body scarred and mauled, drives the crew deeper into the heart of darkness. In the White Dragon s lair Ahab s Secrets are revealed and Rachel must choose between following him on his dark quest or escaping to a new life with Ishmael.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts with two strikes against it, but gets on base. September 26, 2013
You know how sometimes you want to give something zero stars, but Amazon won't let you? I'm sure you know the feeling. Well in this case I want to give the movie 1 Star and 5 Stars, but at the same time.

1. Acting: Vinne Jones and Danny Glover are both pros. Vinnie did what he had to to make an honest dollar. Danny threw himself into the part and kept throwing. He was Shakespearean in delivery of his lines--like his character Ahab, he works in his own world. The other leads were a little less "energetic" in their delivery which make Glover stand out a bit too much. Queequeg's job was mainly to seem fierce and that didn't quite work. The love interest, Ahab's adopted daughter, played by Sophia Pernas, showed some potential and is a model--and she did that well.
2. Script: The script was well written. Very literate and faithful to Melville's tone, though not to the story. The tension between man and God could be felt, though nothing comes of it.
3. Tone: The movie takes itself seriously which is a plus. It could have gone Campy, and made a different movie.
4. Photography: The photography is first rate with great nature scenes. The movie was filled in Utah.

1. The basic premise is weak but could be accepted. When I found out that a lumbering steam-powered conestoga wagon/battle jitney was the "ship" my heart sank.
2. The script balks. Leads us to believe that at least we are going to prob some deeper issues, but doesn't deliver. And given that there is more talk than action, that is a major weakness.

Bottom line: If you aren't expecting too much and want to kill a Saturday afternoon, there are worse ways to do it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable December 26, 2012
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saw this movie on SCFI station one weekend and went right to Amazon to get it. It is Moby Dick but with dragons. Story line stays right with the original. Is an excellent movie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Moby Dick Re-imagined: Uninspired and Boring April 5, 2012
Some ideas are great on paper, not so in practice, and "Age of the Dragons" is one of such examples. The fantasy adventure film is a re-imagined version of "Moby-Dick," a classic novel of Herman Melville. Looking for the legendary white dragon, Danny Glover's vengeful captain Ahab leads the dragon hunters including Ishmael (Corey Sevier), Queequeg (John Kepa Kruse) Stubb (Vinnie Jones) and Starbuck (David Morgan) in a landship named the Pequod.

The film is set in a fictional mythical land that looks like medieval Europe, though some part of the film (design of the landship, for instance) reminds us of the steampunk world. Dragons are hunted, it is explained, for vitriol, a highly sought-after energy source. The hunters enter deep into the woods and wilderness to kill the flying dragons, and spend most of the time ... talking, talking and talking.

Turning a Herman Melville novel into an action fantasy is not a bad idea. For this kind of fantasy film to succeed, however, you need characters you can relate to, or at least decent action sequences. Sorry, but "Age of the Dragons" has none of them. You have to wait about 30 minutes for the first combat scene to start. Those action scenes, poorly shot and edited, are not thrilling.

As to the actors, it seems only Vinnie Jones (second-billed) knows what he is doing. Unfortunately, his role is a pretty small one. Captain Ahab has a daughter Rachel (Sofia Pernas), love interest for Ishmael. Her pointless role does not help.

In short, the film is terrible. By saying terrible, I'm not talking about the idea of re-imaging a classic novel. "Age of the Dragon" is dull. It needs better acting and more budget.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable August 24, 2012
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I approached this movie with extremely low expectations which I thought might help me enjoy at least some aspect of this movie. I was wrong unfortunately and it cost me. I have been reading the Eragon books by Christopher Paolini and love them. So naturally I wanted to watch a movie about dragons. This is 1 of 3 movies in my entire life I couldn't make ii through the whole movie. I watch at least 2 movies a day (at least). So to say it is uncommon or rare is an understatement for me to give a movie 1 star and not finish it completely. I am sorry to be harsh but between the acting, the "boat" on wheels and the computer "attempted" to create a dragon, all of those areas felled miserable. So if you are thinking to yourself I really just want to see a movie with dragons, don't. Look elsewhere (although there really many out there). If I had the money and team I would create a movie about dragons because there are very few and the few they are aren't that great. Anyways, do what you want but I figured I had to warn someone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Age of the Dragons August 9, 2013
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Good Dragon show. It will keep you intertained if you like this kind of show. There is a long line of these movies and this is as good as the rest. So don't miss ths one.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I'm not sure how many people that tuned in for "Age of Dragons" on the SyFy network (or who are now shopping this DVD) have read the classic Herman Melville novel that inspired the story. Taking its basic premise from "Moby Dick" while jettisoning just about everything else, this was one mightily bad idea from the inception. Why would you set yourself up for the comparison if you didn't have to? Seriously, though, no one watching this film would be expecting a grand literary interpretation. In most regards, this is unrecognizable from Melville's tale of obsession and the great white whale. I'm not sure, therefore, why they tried to keep the dialogue somewhat faithful. In a strange decision, the movie makers didn't really seem aware of their intended audience. By taking everything so seriously and trying to play it straight, this movie just isn't much fun. I expected it might not be very good, but I had hoped for some genuine bad movie camp and silliness.

The tale starts with a young Ahab (before he grows into Danny Glover) and his unfortunate encounter with a vicious white dragon. After this brief introduction, we fast forward through the decades until a modern Ahab is assembling a crew for a hunting expedition. It seems that Dragon vitriol (don't ask, I think it was hard to make dragons as commercially viable as whales are) is one hot commodity. If you are familiar with the novel, you will recognize the key participants--but it's hardly essential. Aside from Vinnie Jones (who brings occasional moments of interest), the cast is drowning and completely over their collective head with the clunky screenplay. The narration by Ismael (Cory Sevier) in painfully leaden and all the performances are awkward and stilted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ronald Lighthall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed it very much lot of action
Published 3 months ago by Errol M. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE DRAGON
Published 4 months ago by CUCKOO4CUCKOO
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful acting/writing/directing.
Glover hammed it up through the movie - it got tiring. Shouting is not acting. This could have been a good movie with a better director, better writing, and someone who played Ahab... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carl Nightengale
3.0 out of 5 stars Age of the Dragons
I gave it a "It's okay", because of Danny Glover and the female star. The story line
was believeable and the action I can live with.
Published 8 months ago by Smitty
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak
A cheap low budget version of Moby dick with spotty acting as they look for the great white dragon in a metal covered wagon.
Published 14 months ago by butterball
5.0 out of 5 stars Age of Dragon's
Although this was not the movie that I thought it was, it still was a good movie and I'm sure that you will like it.
Published 14 months ago by pigpen
1.0 out of 5 stars Here's the pitch: "Moby Dick. On Land. With Dragons. Starring Vinnie...
You know how sometimes you wonder how a film ever came to be made? How it ever survived the tenuous and tortuous gestation period through which commercially produced motion... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Olly Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Age of The dragons
Very good flick. We enjoyed it and what is nice about this one is that he came in dvd or blue ray within this case. We watched in Blue Ray but our son will watch it as DVD. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nancy Young
2.0 out of 5 stars twisted
Same as Moby Dick only on land. They hardly changed the story at all. It's kind of a rip-off actually.
Published 20 months ago by Geoff Tagg
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