"Director Philip Roth rises above the B movie status in this cleverly filmed sci fi movie. By using multiple screen shots and loading us with a cache of completely unbelievable characters, he focuses mainly on the genetically engineered dragon, and that's why this movie is fun. For a low budgeter, the dragon effects are very good; unfortunately, the CGI guys don't do as well with the helicopter scenes, but since the dragon is the star, who cares? Dean Cain gives another one of his earnest, good guy performances as the security guard who saves the day. The movie is fun to watch and we can predict the ending, but if you like good old fashioned fun, this one passes."
Dumb fun but too unrealistic
-TMcN- | Snohomish, WA United States | 07/25/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Read on before you remark, "Duh! Dragons unrealistic? As If!"
No, seriously, the dragon isn't the problem. It looks like a screen shot from a video game, and it doesn't seem to have to eat for fuel for growth, flight or firebreathing, but at least you understand its motivation, and it behaves in a consistent and believable fashion.
And the basic premise is really no harder to believe than with dozens of other movies - very Jurassic Park. I could swallow the premise more easily than I could, for example, "Farenheit 9/11" (another fictional work but one sorely lacking charismatic reptiles.)
No, the major flaw of Dragon Fighter is the character development of the humans. They behave inconsistently and completely at-odds with what we know humans to be. The leads, for example, see a string of their friends and compatriots die (this is hardly a spoiler, since it is true of almost any movie with the word "dragon" OR "figher" in the title) and yet are laughing and joking just as soon as they think they've made their escape. More battles, near-death experiences and fallen-friends later, they make another escape at the end of the movie... and arrange a date. Yes, a date.
It's sad when the monsters are more realistic than the people. And it makes this movie rather annoying to watch."
DRAGONSLAYER meets ALIEN
Gygos the Stupendous | NWT | 05/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Several people are trapped in an underground laboratory with a 12-foot tall, fire-breathing, man-eating dragon.Does that sound cool? It is. But don't be expecting a dozen Apache Longbows to be going after the dragon like on the front cover.
The special effects are so-so, I've seen much better but I've also seen worse. The dragon is pretty cool and fairly well rendered. However, the acting and writing are quite bad. And when I say bad, I mean BAD.
Despite its large flaws, I found DRAGON FIGHTER to be loads of fun. I you like B-Movies, then this is for you. If you don't stay far away."
Gygos the Stupendous | 04/12/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie didn't deserve the 1 star that I gave it. I only put 1 star because you can't put zero. To start off with, my friend, who is an amateur film maker, can do better special effects. The front end helicopter shots were horrendus!! It was all 2-D and just not realistic. The shots of the dragon were a bit better, but hardly high quality.Now the acting was a big shaky. Dean Cain, who I respect as an actor, lost a lot of my respect from this film. During too many scenes it looked as if he was trying too hard to fit the part, and it just wasn't working. Well enough of my gabbing about how horrible this movie was. My advice to you, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY TO RENT OR BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!"
Modern day DRAGON movie...great sci-fi...
Home decorator | Honolulu, Hawaii United States | 04/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like dragons and sci-fi adventures, this is a good one for your collection. If you're a Dean Cain, fan this is one of his better "macho" roles."