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Running Time:
1 hour, 39 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for battle sequences and frightening moments

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is a pleasant but unspectacular sci-fi adventure, but it feels like a condensed version of Lord of the Rings.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Disc 1:; Director's Commentary with Stefen Fangmeier
Disc 2:; Gil'ead:; Pronounciation/Background 6 stills; Extended and Deleted Scenes. Inside the Inheritance Trilogy: The Magic of Eragon Featurette; Prologue: The Storyteller's Scroll (Focuses on turning the novel into a screenplay). Vision of Eragon with Optional Commentary by Director Stefen Fangmeier; FArya's Ambush - Original Animatic Sequence; Vision of Eragon: Conceptual Art Gallery; Original Storyboards; Saphira Hatches; Raising The Ra'zac; Brom's Tale

The story takes place in the forests of Alagaesia, where 17-year-old Eragon (Edward Speelers) a big blue jelly bean that eventually hatches and out comes a baby dragon. There used to be lots of dragons in Alagaesia, ridden by noble knight-warriors who used them to do good and spread peace. But then the evil Galbatorix ( John Malkovich at his campiest) killed them all and took control of the land. When Eragon's dragon grows up, he names her Saphira, and she speaks with the voice of Rachel Weisz. She is totally loyal to him as dragons were in days of old. In the village Eragon meets a dejected knight named Brom (Jeremy Irons), who takes over Eragon's training and tries to explain everything to him. Together they set out to join the anti-Galbatorix resistance forces gathering in the mountains. But first Eragon wants to save Arya (Sienna Guillory), the woman who originally gave him the dragon egg which she stole from the king and the king's villainous henchman Durza (Robert Carlyle).

Baed on the best selling book by Christopher Paolini who wrote it when he was just fifteen, Eragon is the first part of a planned trilogy. It was adapted by Peter Buchman ("Jurassic Park III") and directed by special-effects technician Stefen Fangmeier,who throws in every special effect you've ever seen. But with the exception of some spectacular CGI dragon flights, there's mothing new in this unspectacular spectacle. This strange little movie feels like it's had a number of scenes cut. Maybe they're saving them for number 2. And all those special effects canít cover the obvious directorial inexperience of Stefen Fangmeier. He doesnít have a single clue about what to do with his cast of very fine actors. Real fantasy fans will probably be quite disappointed. The rest of us, only mildly so, but all of us will have a hard time understanding or caring very much about what's going on.

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