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In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.
While it owes much of its appeal and appearance to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Eragon can stand on its own as an enjoyable fantasy for younger viewers. Faithfully adapted from the bestselling novel by teenage author Christopher Paolini, this boy-and-his-dragon tale offers clean, fast-paced family entertainment without compromising the darker qualities of Paolini's novel (the first in what is known as the "Inheritance" trilogy). The plot centers on 17-year-old peasant farmboy Eragon (played by appealing newcomer Ed Speleers) who discovers a mysterious blue object that turns out to be an egg that eventually hatches to reveal Saphira, a blue-scaled dragon that quickly grows to full-size. According to prophecy, Eragon is destined to be a dragon-rider like those who once protected a benevolent kingdom, thus reviving an ancient conflict against the army of King Galbatorix (John Malkovich), a former dragon rider who turned to evil, now in alliance with a! dark-magic "Shade" sorcerer named Durza (Robert Carlyle). While the movie serves up familiar fantasy elements and offers little if anything new to fans of the genre (or anyone who's read the books of Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin), it's visually impressive (especially the dragon scenes, with Rachel Weisz providing the telepathic "voice" of Saphira) and full of timeless wisdom, much of it delivered by Eragon's heroic mentor Brom (Jeremy Irons), himself a former dragon rider with memories of past battles and hope for Eragon's future. Add a fair warrior-maiden named Arya (Sienna Guillory) and you've got all the ingredients for a worthwhile (if not particularly original) fantasy that points directly to a sequel. Whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to individual viewers to decide. --Jeff Shannon
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As a stand-alone movie this was pretty good. However, if you read the book, the movie takes some liberties which I and my two sons felt were pretty unacceptable. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dawne Long
I bought this for my adult daughter...We saw it on TV HBO & I liked it well enough & she fell in love with it, & wanted it so bad I bought it for her birthday! Read morePublished 4 days ago by K. Goodrich
I love Sci- Fi fantasy, and this has some really great effects and action.
I love all things dragon, so it really hit the spot for me
I read and loved the books, the movie was cheesy and missed a ton of things in the book. I was pretty disappointed in the movie.Published 11 days ago by Bren
If you read the book, please do not watch this film. Readers know that a movie can't encompass everything that the book does but this movie was barely on the same story as the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Joel
The only redeeming quality this movie has is the CGI of Saphira. It is otherwise like watching an ultra-condensed and corny version of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jjack929
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Compared to the book, this movie was horrible. I was so disappointed when I saw it because I had been anticipating the release, but I walked out the movie theater wanting my money back. The whole thing was too rushed and the character development never happened. This movie had so much... Read More
Apr 10, 2007 by Amazon Customer | See all 16 posts
|Anyone see the extended edition?||
That's my problem, too. I don't want to waste money on an extended version without knowing how many minutes it's been extended, 6 minutes of 10 to 15 seconds spread throughout the movie is pointless. Does the extended version add to the story or the frustration?
Apr 7, 2013 by J. Jarocki | See all 2 posts
|I liked It !||
I did too, but I think many of those who've read the book (I haven't) feel cheated. This often happens when any book is made into a motion picture. I still, however, don't think this movie deserves all the one-stars it has gotten.
Nov 4, 2007 by Caesar Warrington | See all 14 posts
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