The non-anticipated sequel debuted Saturday. How good could it be? Tune in to find out.
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God
Cast & Crew
Directed by Steven Lisberger
Story by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird
Mark Dymond as Berek
Clemency Burton-Hill as Melora
Bruce Payne as Damodar
Ellie Chidzley as Lux
Steven Elder as Dorian
Lucy Gaskell as Ormaline
Roy Marsden as Oberon
Tim Stern as Nim
Sci-Fi Channel: October 8, 2005
DVD: November 8, 2005
Based on the successful role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God takes you deeper into the dark and fantastical world of this fantasy epic. When the evil sorcerer Damodar braves a perilous whirlwind vortex to steal the elemental black orb he declares a sinister plan of vengeance against the kingdom of Ismir. Berek, a decorated warrior, and Melora, an amateur sorceress join four heroes representing Intelligence, Wisdom, Honor and Strength to battle against Damodar’s growing army of gruesome creatures, flying harpies and an ice dragon to reach a vault room holding the orb. Together, they build their own army to retrieve the orb using elemental forces to defeat Damodar before he summons the sleeping black dragon whose omnipotent evil powers could lay waste to the entire kingdom.
OK. I fully intended to thrash this movie six ways from Sunday today, but I just can’t do it. No, the film isn’t Shakespeare, but it is fun. And when compared to the original film or any of the crap Sci-Fi channel churns out every 72 hours, it’s a lot better.
For good or ill, it’s written around the game, using creatures, spells, and classes that you’ll instantly recognize from the books.
- Monsters! In spades! They pulled out some obscure, but fitting monsters from the books.
- Some of the special effects are just flat and some make-up effects are just bad (the Lich).
Originality: Adventures set off to save the world. Not original, but very D&D. 3
Effects: A mixed bag from good (White dragon) to bad (Night dragon). 4
Story: A basic story that is, nonetheless, entertaining and fun. 4
Acting: Everyone’s an unknown save for Bruce Payne, but they all pull off a pretty good performance. 4
Emotional Response: There is some unpredictability that keep it interesting, but the overall flow of the film is fairly predictable. 3
Production: Nothing spectacular, in fact Ismir looked a lot more polished in the first film. Maybe the kingdom’s fallen on hard times in the last 100 years. 3
Overall: A good fantasy flick, but a great version of D&D. 5
Total: 26 out of 42