boss’s malevolent bidding. The legend of the Dragon Riders — long-defunct defenders of the land of Alagae¨sia — is similar to that of the Jedi Knights from Stars Wars, and, through the world-weary narration of Brom (Jeremy Irons), we learn much about the fatalistic bond between dragons and their chosen riders.
Eragon, reluctantly at first, has been chosen as one of these famed riders, and he teams with Brom and the elf-like Arya to seek out the the Varden, a well-hidden tribe of warriors who hold the key to defeating King Galbatorix (John Malkovich) and his powerful sorcerer Durza (Robert Carlyle). There’s plenty of fantastic action in
and the dragon, Saphira, is an impressive CGI creation voiced effectively by Rachel Weisz (Eragon and Saphira communicate through hearing each other’s thoughts).
Sure, there’s a lot about Eragon that’s derivative, but since when has the lack of an original idea stopped Hollywood from churning out blockbuster flicks?
Simply add this to the list of cookiecutter films, with the added bonus being that it’s the perfect summer holiday movie — a welcome diversion from the heat, and none too taxing on the brain.
And although the violence is highly stylised, its dark themes and scary bad guys justify the M rating.
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