Saturday, 5 March 2011

[446] Age of the Dragons (2010) Review

One of the downsides to reviewing awful films is that they're the first to be cut if the publication is pushed for space. Sadly, this happened with my latest review for Little White Lies. It's a shame, because it was a little different to my usual style, in that it's rather 'zingy'.

Irreverent movie journalism, here I come? I'd better warm up the image editing software.

We can all agree that Pride and Prejudice sorely suffered from a lack of zombies. So, by that logic, we can also conclude that Herman Melville’s literary masterwork Moby Dick, the tale of one man’s obsession with the titular white whale, is equally harmed by its staunch disregard for supernatural fads.

Luckily, cheap ‘n’ quick director Ryan Little (
Saints and Soldiers) is on hand with Age of the Dragons, which sees Ahab (Danny Glover) pursuing the Great White Dragon, with a motley crew of hunters and harpooners at his side.

Among them is our dashing protagonist, Ishmael (Corey Sevier), who dazzles all with his superb accuracy and skill, landing him a place aboard the Peaquod. However, in Little’s re-imagining, Ahab’s vessel is not an impressive whaleship, but more of a reinforced caravan, which roams snowy tundra in search of its winged prey.

Even this little tweak has massive ramifications, dissipating any claustrophobic tension as the crew are dragged along on their captain’s personal quest – but it is small fry to the unmitigated disaster that is the film as a whole.

Read the full article here.

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