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Eragon (movie)

The 2006 fantasy film based on the novel of the same name.

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Who do they think they are?

  • Feb 20, 2010
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Warning, may contain spoilers, but if you've seen Star Wars it's okay you'll see them coming anyway.

The are no words to describe the anger, the unadulterated fury, the blinding rage, that I felt while I watched this sorry excuse for a film. Literally every shot in here is copied and pasted from one movie or another, whether it be Dragonheart - Collector's Edition or Braveheart or their two favorite sources The Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition) and Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc). How dare they? The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are two of my favorite films of all time and they have done a great deal to shape me into the person I am today. For anyone who has fallen in love with the works of JRR Tolkien/Peter Jackson and Gorge Lucas you will be angered beyond all comprehension when you see this "film" rip off those great men's work. I'm telling you, EVERY SINGLE SCENE in this movie is copied and pasted from other, much better works.

But apart from the obvious rip off factor, the movie manages to fail all on its own as well. The obvious flaws are there for anyone with any amount of sense to see and are too blatant to ignore. It literally takes one day for our hero to change from an everyday farm boy (Luke Skywalker) who doesn't even know how to hunt to superman who's now all of a sudden breaking into the evil castle (the Death Star) and saving the damsel in distress, (Princess Lea) using his magic (the force) and being saved by his wise old mentor (Obi One Kenobi) who then dies heroically. It literally takes him two days to
A) Learn how to fly a dragon,
B) Learn how to use a sword,
C) Learn to use magic,
D) Learn how to sneak stealthy into heavily guarded castles, and much, much more. Wow, what is he smoking and where can I get some?

Shortly after escaping the previously mentioned castle, he then leads an army of men who look like Easterlings from LOTR against an army of bad guys who look like Orcs in a fort that looks like Helms Deep while wearing Elvin armor. The bad guy leading said orcs also looks like Dracula from Van Helsing (Widescreen Edition) and they engage in a battle with an odd resemblance to Dragon Heart. Of course, they win and the beautiful girl he saved, the one he has YET to have a full conversation with despite being with her for about half the movie, runs off to plan to defend her home nation against the evil king who will be attacking in the inevitable sequel (a movie I will make it a point not to see whenever it DOES come out).

In short, the plot moves too fast, the characters are bland and one dimensional, the acting is sub par at best, the effects looked like they were done on a ten dollar budget, and it blatantly rips off some of the greatest works of fiction ever made. There is absolutely nothing original about this film, everything here is merely copied and pasted from much better works. Eragon so desperately wants to be The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, and Bravheart, and Dragon Heart, and Van Helsing, and this, and that, but in the end it fails to be anything but a silly kid's movie so shallow that only the blindest movie goers will manage to get anything out of it. So I ask again, who do these people think they are?

Re-watch value; EXTREMLY low.
 
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February 21, 2010
Thank GOOOOOOOD!!!!!! I still remember my initial reaction to this film. My mom rented it for my younger brothers and I thought I'd sit in to see how much they ripped off other films. About halfway through I was so mad my mom had to ask me to leave. :)
 
February 20, 2010
The movie is quite different from the book, but you're definitely spot on.  The book, for all it's worth, seems as though any time the author had writer's block he popped in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope to help him along. 
 
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Quick Tip by . August 29, 2011
Don't waste your time. Fortunately, I'd read the book before seeing the movie, so I am not turned off of the series.
review by . July 13, 2010
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Eragon: A textbook example of wasted potential.
Dragons can be a bit of a downer for movies. It seems that many films Dragons are involved in end up turning out badly. It is worrying, then, that Eragon may be the worst Dragon-fuelled multiplexer yet. The book by Christopher Paolini was, in my opinion, quite an enjoyable and well written piece of literature. The film, on the other hand, is uninspired, dull, and far-fetched.   Here's a quick summary of the plot (don't worry, no major plot spoilers). Eragon is a young farm boy …
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
god awful movie based loosely on an excillent book. the acting is dreadful and it dosent follow the book hardly at all. not worth the watch dont waste your time
review by . November 17, 2008
They took a long and detailed book   And cut out all the frills   This movie's just a summary   Of Alagaësia's ills     It doesn't build the characters   There's too much plot left out   You just don't get the feel of what   The book is all about     A boy, an egg, his destiny   To fly on dragon's wings   It tries too hard to be a clone   Of THE Lord of the Rings      …
review by . October 29, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Eragon is based on the novel by the same name by author Christopher Paolini. The film is about a young teen farmer who lives in a land controlled by an evil king named Galbatorix (John Malkovich). The story goes that there was a time when men and dragons fought together and Galbatorix betrayed his people and killed all the dragons and most of their riders. Now an unborn dragon named Saphira falls into the hands of young Eragon. The two are destined for each other to take out Galbatorix. So this …
review by . October 29, 2007
This movie features one incredible character! He's unbelievably sexy, intelligent, quick-witted, fast on his feet, more than able to swing a sword or shoot an arrow. He's everything you would want in a movie hero!    His name is Murtagh, and sadly he's basically just a low-level sidekick.    The actual "hero" of this movie is named Eragon. He's a pathetic little creature. Arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious, annoying, oblivious and generally just awful.     …
review by . May 17, 2007
This movie is based on the first book of a three-series trilogy inspired by the LOTR movies. I have not read any of the books, and will only comment on the movie as a stand-alone piece of work. The strongest impression I had of this movie is the amatuerish feel of everything, including the dialogue, acting, action scenes, story line, and soundtrack.     First, the dialogue was simple and boring, full of short sentences and seemed to be ripoffs from other movies. For example, …
review by . April 19, 2007
Reading over a few of the reviews of this film I noticed one major difference between those who enjoyed the movie and those who, well, hated it. Folks who read the book this film is based on generally seemed to regard this film as an atrocity. Those people who didn't read the book (such as myself) either really enjoyed the movie or thought it was a mediocre film at best. I happened to really enjoy the film. It isn't the greatest fantasy flick to ever grace the silver screen but, then again, most …
review by . March 26, 2007
ERAGON is not without its flaws - a weak and corny script, shoddy editing, Swiss cheese story line - but it is also not without some charm. Unfortunately it is in competition with the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, etc etc that seem to flow endlessly out of Hollywood and the foreign markets.    The story of a young lad finding a 'jewel' that turns out to be the egg from which a dragon hatches, offering the chance to reestablish dragon flying and the defeat of an evil …
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I am a member of the US Air Force and presently serve overseas at RAF Mildenhall about three hours north of London. I grew up in Pappilion Nebraska and Crestview Florida, but since joining the Air Force … more
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