||A lack of substance and mediocre
acting and effects made this movie a disappointment, but it still could
have been enjoyed. Unfortunately, the simplicity of the resolution
brings it down another notch.
hate simple solutions to hopeless situations. As soon as it came out of
the American's mouth that there was only one male dragon, based on the fact
that females have only ever been seen, my suspension of disbelief, which
was doing fine until then, went sour. How can the dragons be
terrorizing the world, and there be only one male? Do the females travel
all the way across the planet to have their eggs fertilized by a single
male? That doesn't sound like evolution to me.
Jurassic Park established
frighteningly well how it is impossible to only have one sex born, even
under controlled environments.
Still, I was hoping to have the story
turn into something of a personal mission for Quinn after that. Sure,
that's what seemed to happen, but there was nothing satisfying about it,
except that the American leader was killed. Man, was McConaughey
annoying in that role! Why did it have to be an American group that
saved the day, once again, except to appeal to national pride at the
This film has to have the most
misleading trailers that I've ever seen. The preview implied that we
would see a war. What we got was much better from a human perspective, I
think. Still, it was messy in execution.
Why did we have to see everything from
snapshots in Time magazine, with a voiceover that doesn't give us much
information. I think it was supposed to be emotional, but it didn't
work. And what was that bit about the dragons killing off the dinosaurs?
Since we have dinosaur fossils by the thousands (or more) and no dragon
fossils, what does that imply, even to a movie audience? The end was
much the same way, since after the male dragon dies, the females seem to
stop terrorizing the world, and die off. I guess they have a very short
lifespan, except for the male.
Regardless, I found the human aspect of
the tortured Quinn to be mildly interesting. This was not a great movie,
by any means, but it started out well enough. Life at the castle where
Quinn leads is well-depicted. Their alarms, prayers, lightsaber dramas
(!) and quarrels were interesting enough to give us the feel of barely
hanging on to life, and to the emotions of how they feel about the
future. I did wonder how they sustained the electricity, though, even
after the male dragon attacked.
Unfortunately, they didn't do anything
with it. It would have been so much better to have Quinn as an obsessed
man, trying different means to kill the dragons, and finally offered the
ultimate strategy by these newcomers.
Strangely enough, I didn't find the
scene where they demonstrated their ability to kill the dragon to be impressive. The
graphics were alright, but nothing special. I found myself wondering how
these beasts could defeat state of the art military aircraft, when this
one couldn't catch a helicopter and barely caught a skydiver in
However, the aftermath was satisfying,
as the American strolls into a celebration and criticizes them for
enjoying their little victory, which cost so much. I felt the same way
when I saw it happening. But didn't it look like Alex was joining them,
or was she just looking for a place to land?
Speaking of Alex, I was awed by her
beauty. She had intense eyes, and beautiful lips, but it certainly
didn't look like she had been fighting dragons for very long. Her skin
was perfect -no blemishes, scorches, and her hair just barely messed up.
It's no wonder Quinn falls for her, early on. I don't understand why she
had to turn so emotional suddenly under fire. If she couldn't handle the
stress, she shouldn't have been brought along. She doesn't lose it even
when being chased by a dragon in a helicopter. Really, it should have
been Quinn falling apart.
If only they had known about the
male-dragon theory earlier, when there were still nuclear weapons
available. Then they could have bombed London and been done with it. As
impressive as the male was (the only really impressive dragon), I
wondered why he crawled so often. It seemed that he crawled up to the
castle to destroy it, instead of landing where he wanted to. How did he
trace their path back to the castle, anyway? If it was by scent, then he
should have found Quinn a lot earlier, and dragons should be able to sniff
out all the humans left.
The American didn't seem too smart,
either. Once he arrived in London, he says there is no time to deploy
the 3D imaging grid -but then just stands around waiting. If missiles couldn't take
out the dragon, what use did he think little machine-gun bullets would
do? His statement to Quinn that "you were right" is surely a lot of
solace to the man whose castle he destroyed.
The movie really degenerated once the
Americans arrived. Up until then, at least it was mildly interesting. I
wish we could have seen more dragons (did the male actually eat all of
the females in London while those three were watching -that's the only
way we can explain the sudden change in the odds), and more techniques
used to kill them. The movie was quite short, so that they could have
more of Quinn's journey. I'm sure he blamed himself and his mother for
letting the first one loose.
I know the print of the movie that I
saw was in pretty poor condition, but so much of it seemed to be actual
blurriness in the film, and the sound was not well balanced, either. This film would have been only "okay"
with the main plot and execution, moderate acting, and dreary
atmosphere. Unfortunately, there are so many plot holes that it ruins
most of what happens before it.