Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Leigh Scott
Reign of Fire, but Hawk The Slayer would be nearer the mark. The actors are outclassed by the trees in the forest. The situation isn't improved by the ham archaic dialogue that they have to spout, either.
The group soon encounter a small band led by Gareth Morholt (Jeff Denton), a mouthy rogue. More fighting ensues, perhaps because if there's lots of movement the audience might not notice that they are just moving through the same bits of forest over and over. These new characters fail to act any more convincingly than the others, and to top it all, it's obvious which ones are meant purely as dragon chow.
Dragon isn't redeemed by its special effects, unfortunately. The cgi dragon is several years behind its time, and the dark elves look a lot like people wearing boot black and joke-shop elf ears. We're supposed to believe that Freyja (Eliza Swenson) is a powerful magic user, but her odd-looking contact lenses and grey skin simply make her look sickly and spaced out. It's film-making on a poor child's pocket-money budget, and it shows.
The film has plenty of action, and this might have been its saving grace if only the fight choreography didn't leave so much to be desired. For example, if there had been any choreography. The pace of the story isn't slow, but all of the suspense is killed by an utterly predictable plot.
At 90 minutes Dragon is a mercifully short movie, but that also means there's no room for much character development, or any intriguing sub-plots or plot twists. The characters are all stock, the Princess Alora watery and dull. The only vaguely interesting character is the rogue, Gareth, but he gets very little screen time, and calling him slightly interesting is still a stretch. He's inclined to lecturing and seems to like the sound of his own voice, giving a very long and dull whinge at one point. He's no Han Solo.
Since we have a princess, sword fighting, and a dragon, the cliché wouldn't be complete without a love interest. And right on cue it arrives, in an extremely crummy scene devoid of any real feeling (unless you count nausea). The latter half of Dragon is hopelessly melodramatic, and it leads up to one of the most anticlimactic endings in cinematic history. It's as though they ran out of money before the finale was fully complete.
This is an awful film, and should be avoided at all costs.
If you like this, try:The Dragon Chronicles: Fire and Ice by Pitof
Dragons terrorise a kingdom and a princess searches for a hero in this traditional high fantasy.
Eragon by Stefen Fangmeier
A young farm boy discovers a dragon egg, and finds that everything changes. Including most of the original plot of the book.