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Eragon

Eragon

Stefen Fangmeier (2006)

99min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Set in a world of dragons and sorcery, Eragon fails to conjure the magic of Christopher Paolini's bestselling book. Newcomer Ed Speleers stars (with some initial uncertainty) as the farm boy of the title who becomes a "dragon rider", threatening the tyrannical rule of King Galbatorix (a gnashing John Malkovich). Jeremy Irons employs a dry sense of humour as Eragon's mentor Brom, which helps to alleviate some of the tedium as the youngster struggles to decide what his true mission is. Rachel Weisz voices Saphira, the winged beast that carries Eragon into battle, although getting there proves to be a dizzying ride. First-time director Stefen Fangmeier provides occasional distraction from the dithering script with adrenaline-fuelled flying scenes. But sadly the CGI effects aren't good enough to make Saphira an emotionally engaging character, so the relationship between her and Eragon fails to spark.

Summary

A young farm boy discovers a dragon's egg, which hatches into the last surviving specimen of its mighty race. His friendship with the winged creature soon comes in handy when he discovers he is destined to overthrow the evil tyrant who has taken control of the kingdom. Fantasy adventure, starring Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Robert Carlyle and Sienna Guillory, with Rachel Weisz providing the voice of the dragon.

Cast & Crew

Eragon Ed Speleers
Brom Jeremy Irons
Arya Sienna Guillory
Durza Robert Carlyle
Ajihad Djimon Hounsou
Murtagh Garrett Hedlund
Angela Joss Stone
Saphira Rachel Weisz
King Galbatorix John Malkovich
Uncle Garrow Alun Armstrong
Roran Christopher Egan
Director Stefen Fangmeier
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 15 Dec 2006

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