Thursday, 24 May 2012

Eragon Review (Updated)








Eragon



Release Date: 14th December 2006 - Australia


Production Companies
Fox 2000 Pictures
Davis Entertainment
Dune Entertainment
Ingenious Film Partners
Major Studio Partners
Mid Atlantic Films
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 99 minutes


Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $249,488,115
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Prepare to enter a dazzling
world of myth and magic as
the first thrilling chapter of
the Inheritance Trilogy takes
flight! In a kingdom ravaged
by darkness and tyranny, one
small ray of hope emerges
when Eragon finds a
mysterious blue "stone" that
turns out to be the last
dragon's egg in existence.
From the moment the egg
hatches, the fates of Eragon
and the dragon Saphira are
forever entwined, as they join
forces to battle the evil King
Galbatorix.


Cast
Edward Speleers - Eragon
Jeremy Irons - Brom
Sienna Guillory - Arya
Robert Carlyle - Durza
John Malkovich - Galbatorix
Garrett Hedlund - Murtagh
Alun Armstrong - Garrow
Chris Egan - Roran
Gary Lewis - Hrothgar
Djimon Hounsou - Ajihad
Rachel Weisz - Saphira (Voice)
Richard Rifkin - Horst
Steven Spiers - Sloan
Joss Stone - Angela
Caroline Chikezie - Nasuada

Crew
Director - Stephen Fangmeier
Based on Novel "Eragon" -
Christopher Paolini
Screenplay - Peter Buchman
Producers - John Davis &
Wyck Godfrey
Co-Producer/Film Editor -
Roger Barton
Production Designer - Wolf
Kroeger
Dragon Concept Artist - Patrick Tatopoulos
Costume Designer - Kym Barrett
Director of Photography - Hugh Johnson
Sword Master - C.C. Smiff
Creature Effects Supervisor/
Visual Effects Modeller - Brian Best
Visual Effects Supervisor - Michael J. McAlister
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Samir Hoon
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital -
George Murphy
Film Editors - Masahiro Hirakubo &
Chris Lebenzon
Music - Patrick Doyle


Review
ERAGON was not bad for a fantasy movie but I must say that it has similarities to STAR WARS except that the sci-fi trilogy doesn't include dragons. This film adaptation was based on the best-selling book series called THE INHERITANCE which I haven't read any of them. It was unoriginal and inconsistent as the storyline was filled with odd choices and I was fortunate to notice each trace as these were deemed unacceptable by the fans of the original novel to be precise.

The film has good CGI visuals and some solid acting performances but for John Malkovich who was omitted for portraying an evil King named Galbatorix. He was ultimately miscast and wooden for a menacing role that doesn't need to require his monotone voice. I was beginning to like the English actor Jeremy Irons, who did an exceptional portrayal of Brom. I didn't even realise that Garrett Hedlund out of TRON: LEGACY was in this feature.

Had the movie been more accepted by audiences the trilogy would have continued in the next instalment called the ELDEST. Overall it was a less than incredible fantasy adventure and one that I would like to forget.

Star rating: (3/5) Average


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