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Eragon (movie)

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

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Biggest disappointment of 2006

  • May 17, 2007
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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, there is a scene when an evil sorcerer named Durza leads an army of grotesque humanoid creatures into battle. From the setting of the scene, to the way it was shot, seemed like a total copy of the scene in LOTR: Two Towers when Saruman sends his Uruk-Hai army of to battle.

Second, the acting was horrible. From the death scene of Brom, to King Galbatorix's musings on his throne, most of the serious scenes looked fake. One good example is after Eragon finds his uncle dead. Brom tries to take him away and Eragon resists with angry words but weak actions. Brom easily puts him on a horse and leads him away. It seems Eragon knew the entire time he had to leave, but was just trying to throw a tantrum. A more realistic version would be to have Eragon resist Brom violently, and the latter having to knock out the former with a good punch in the face.

Third, the action scenes were very disappointing. This is most apparent at the end when Galbatorix's army invades the land of the Varden. The ensuing swordfights looked totally staged, and there were several times when two swords are supposed to clash, but no sound is heard.

Fourth, the story line was full of holes. The entire battle scene seems to belong to the bad guys, but somehow the good guys end up victorious by the movie's end. How did this happen? Also, who teaches the dragon Saphira how to breathe fire. One moment she blows hot air; then after one night with the Varden she can blow streams of fire.

The soundtrack was also a big disappointment. I heard one tune repeated over and over again for all the action scenes. The rest of the movie the soundtrack was unnoticeable. Of all the recent fantasy movies so far; LOTR, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and this, this movie has the worst soundtrack.

Overall, a bad viewing experience. It was not the worst movie of 2006, but for the hype it received, it was the biggest disappointment. Unfortunately, the ending scene promises that a sequel is in the works.

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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 . February 20, 2010
Who do they think they are?
  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 …
review by . November 17, 2008
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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 . 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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