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Age of the Dragons

3.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007SO31BG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Age of the Dragons" on IMDb

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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.

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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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Not the greatest movie ever made but entertaining all the same. The Cg of the dragon and flight were good. Danny Glover not to bad. 4 Stars for him. For the price not a bad movie to buy and it is entertaining. But don't expect top of the line movie making and acting.
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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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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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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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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 straight. Or maybe not.
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The first time I saw a movie adaptation for Moby Dick was starring Gregory Peck as Ahab. As an adaptation, it was fair, Gregory Peck the only savior in his presentation of the obsessed and mad Ahab. My most memorable scene was when Ahab was caught to his obsession, the great white whale, and in death still bidding the sailors to pursue the creature.

This is the second time I have watched 'Age of the Dragon', and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Danny Glover did a wonderful job of portraying the vengeance-crazed Ahab who hunts the white dragon. Some people have accused him of over-acting, but his performance didn't jump on that particular hot-button for me. Well, not so much that it made me roll my eyes and turn it off, unlike Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons (and almost everything else I've seen him in).

They utilized back-flashes and teasers to introduce the viewer to the taint of guilt that eats at Ahab's sanity. The scenes were reminiscent of what a person with a haunted past sees moments before they are able to shut down the memory. To be so tortured when he supposedly faced-off with the white dragon made me curious as to whether or not the tales that are told of his courage were wrong and kept me intrigued to figure out more of this madman's story.

The sets and culture were believable, and it was a breath of fresh air to watch a fantasy-take on this classic novel. So often fantasy movies are cheese and corn, but not so with 'Age of the Dragon'. The writing and acting did not come across as campy, and believe me when I say I have turned off many fantasy movies after only the first 20 seconds. In 'Age of the Dragon' I believed the characters, their passions, and their agonies. I especially enjoyed the friendship between QuiQuay and Ishmael.
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