Fan­tasy fac­tory

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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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