Meet Buraki, the vicious, 200-meter long Imoogi serpent from ancient Korea. His army includes giant lizards with missile launchers, flying dragons, soldiers bred for evil and mega-intelligent dinosaurs. Together, they will... more » destroy Los Angeles and possibly the world unless reincarnated warriors Ethan and Sarah can outrun them and resurrect the Good Imoogi, Buraki's ancient nemesis. Dragon Wars reveals every last detail of Earth's greatest battle, a war you'll only believe when you see it for yourself.« less
"I am a 56-year-old movie buff and right off let me confess, I love this movie.
In my opinion this movie was never intended to be taken seriously at all. Consider that in the first exposition scenes you have not one, but 2 entirely different characters in different scenes say directly to the narrator in the middle of his attempted explanation of this nonsensical tale "what are you talking about?" I don't believe this was accidental folks, this is called comedy.
One thing to be aware of when you're watching this movie is that the director is the most popular comedian in the entire country of Korea. He gained his fame and fortune as comedic actor. In other words his entire professional career has been based on making people laugh.
I think most people who are reviewing this movie are completely missing the comedy. Frankly I found the movie to be hilarious.
How anyone could possibly take this movie seriously after seeing the Darth Vader character stupidly get run over by a car 2 times in a row is beyond me. That was obviously comedy (and very funny).
Yes it is entirely overblown. Layers of complete absurdity are piled with additional layers of even more absurdity. Which makes it a perfect satire of the Star Wars, Lord of the rings, Harry Potter and all of the rest of the overly pompous mega-movies. If there is a big overblown scene in one of those movies you're going to see a similar scene in this one.
A few examples. The Gungan Army scene from Star Wars episode 4 -- only this time the Army with the cute, smiling dinosaur critters with the weapons on their backs are the bad guys. And these smiling dinosaurs are wreaking total havoc on Los Angeles fighting the LAPD. The incongruity of the destruction and the cute smiley dinosaurs is absolutely hilarious.
Remember the giant explosion scene in Independence Day with the flames and flying cars rushing up the street? It's here, but with a very funny twist. In this movie the same thing is done by a giant snake rushing up the street. The exorcism scene in the Exorcist? Yep, it's here too, tossed in like the kitchen sink, completely unconnected to any plot points.
Giant marching Imperial Army and Ninjas? Sure enough. Darth Vader character with a ridiculously laughable sinister voice? Of course. Rampaging Jurassic Park dinosaurs? You got it. Dogfights straight out of Independence Day? It's here too.
Savor the site of Ray Harryhausen look-alike creatures doing massive destruction that Ray most certainly dreamed of, but couldn't accomplish with the technology of his day. I can tell you that he is smiling in his grave cause this movie delivers a wonderful tribute to his work.
Let me name a few more of the movies that have tributes here. Pitch Black, King Kong, Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Men in Black, Dragonheart, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, Ninja Mutant Turtles, the Host, The Thing, Rodan and even Monty Python and the holy Grail. It doesn't stop there, look carefully and you'll see many many more.
Does the acting suck? Absolutely. Is the story completely incomprehensible? It most certainly is. Is it even more ridiculous than Star Wars, Lord of the rings or dozens of others. Yes it is, and I believe that was exactly the point.
I predict this movie will be watched at midnight showings at colleges 10 years from now with folks rolling in the aisles.
I have seen lots of Hollywood studio comedies recently and have not laughed nearly as hard as I did watching Dragon wars. I literally had tears streaming from my eyes many times because I couldn't stop laughing.
So give yourself a break from any pretensions of seriousness, have a glass of wine and have a fun time watching and laughing at the funniest, most ridiculous spectacular eye candy CGI movie ever.
So Terrible... You Must See It
Peter L. Romaneski | Tallahassee, FL | 12/21/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is so terrible... and I mean SO terrible, that you absolutely must see it. But if you see it, you must see it with a large group of people. The movie is so bad in so many ways that it will be hard to describe them, but I can try.
The movie starts off with the most wild concept you can possibly imagine, or rather, the most wild concept that a 4th grader can possibly imagine, then sets it on the big screen. One of the first scenes we get is an army attacking a village... but not just any army! Oh no. This army is full of - get this - huge dinosaurs that look vaguely like a Stegosaurus but they have - sit down for this one - rocket launchers on their backs. And if THAT wasn't enough, these Rocket-Shooting-Stegodons are being ridden by black-clad ninjas!
So these ninjas are riding towards this city on their Stegodons with rocket launchers, right, and whatever 4th grader thought this movie up is not satisfied. So in fly the Pterodactyls that breathe fire. But the Pterodactyls, while cool, are not enough. In rides - now this is the best part by far - raptors (like in Jurassic Park) but riding one of these raptors is... The Shredder! From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! But it doesn't stop there! Then this old Korean wizard flies out of nowhere and does magical/kung-fu battle with the Shredder! All while the dinosaur-riding, rocket-shooting ninjas and their fire-breathing Pterodactyls are tearing up the town!
And that is in the first 15 minutes of the movie.
The kid at the beginning sums up the movie nicely in one of his early lines. Just as the random creepy shopkeeper (who for some reason is safe enough to leave a child with - go figure) is finishing with his wild tale of dinosaurs and grenadier wizards, the kid looks up and says, "Uh, what are you talking about?"
That one line sums up the whole movie. "What are you talking about" is something that will linger in your thoughts while you watch this amazingly, epicly wretched movie."
A bit Sweet and Sour
K. Rowley | Austin, Texas United States | 01/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, I gave it four stars cuz no one else had rated it 4 stars yet.
Honestly, I didn't think this was that bad a movie (given what others posted) - I enjoyed it - least most of it (bought & watched the DVD). I think this would a been a great movie if it wasn't for a few things. Number one problem (IMO) was the lead male character - I don't know if it was the actor (Jason Behr, I think) or just the character he was playing, but he just seemed to suck the life out of every scene he was in. I think if his character had a bit more personality, the movie would have been a lot better. The editor could have done a bit more with the pacing of the movie - it is a bit uneven in places. Felt like you were hitting speed bumps during some parts.
What I did like: The special effects were great! Reminded me of the CGI from the latest Star Wars movies (wouldn't be surprised if some of the same people worked on this movie). Could a used a bit of gore though - the creatures were a bit too "clean". I also liked the ending - especially the type of dragon that the Imoogi turns into - wasn't expecting that.
Would have liked to seen a "behind-the-scenes" documentry on the making of the special effects. "
Dragon sized Fun
James Baack | Monster Island | 03/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dont listen to the fan-boys and convention geeks! They were convinced that they would hate this movie before they even saw it. This movie is alot of fun. Sure, it's silly and dumb but so what, it's about dragons fighting in Los Angeles for pete's sake! This reminds m of alot of the Sci-Fi flicks that came out in the early eighties such as "Beastmaster" and "Sword and the Sorcerer" the special effects are great and the action scenes are awesome. Grab a 12 pack and a box of popcorn and just enjoy this cute little action packed flick. It's not going to change your life but it will give you a 90 minute smile! This would make a great double feature with "The Host"- enjoy!!"
A new force in fantasy
Emmit W. Stewart | Canton, OH USA | 02/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think that most reviewers seem to be missing the point that a new form of cinematic art has been coming into existence in the last forty years. It can best described as the Heroic Fantasy Epic. Of course, it has been around in literature for a long time, but only in the last forty years have movie makers begun developing the tools to produce the effects needed to bring these stories to life. It requires believable creatures that cannot possibly be represented by human actors or animals in costume and makeup. It requires a beleivable representation of magic on a huge scale. And, it requires an audience that is willing to accept that the "real" physical world we see around us is not the only possible world, and that it is possible for an intelligent, imaginative person to create a fictional world where some of the laws of science as we know it do not necessarily apply. This is such a movie. It is complete fantasy and, as such, many of the rules of logic that govern other genres do not apply. It is not necessary that the character of the Hero be fully developed. It is sufficient that his intentions are Good and that he is brave and reasonably likeable. Of course, it is much better if he is a fully rounded character and that his feelings be well expressed, but he is really a symbol for the forces of Goodness and, therefore need not be too carefully drawn. Likewise, The villain is only a symbol for the forces of Evil, so he can be even less well defined. In the same vein, the Deus Ex Machina is a perfectly acceptable device to bring about the destruction of the forces of Evil, since it is a major belief in almost every major religion that a human being alone is not capable resisting true Evil and that faith in, or the grace of, some deity is absolutely needed to overcome that Evil. In essence the plot of an Epic fantasy is basically a form of melodrama. First, the Hero is introduced, along with the Heroine and the rest of the Good people. Then the Villain enters, usually disguised (thinly) as a good person. The Villain then gathers his henchmen secretly while gaining the confidence of the good people and tricking them into doing things that will later put them completely in his power. The Hero usually suspects the Villain but he is not believed until it is too late and the Villain has sprung his trap. When the trap is sprung, the good people try to resist, but to no avail, the villain has them trapped and helpless. Meanwhile, the Hero perseveres and eventually finds the Villains weakness. He confronts the villain and foils his plan, but the villain has foreseen this and responds with brute force. The good people dispair, but the Deus Ex Machina intervenes and the Villain is driven off. the good people celebrate. Not every Fantasy follows this plot exactly, but in almost every case the Villain menaces, The Hero resists, and Goodness wins in the end, no matter how dark the outcome appears to be at the end of the next-to-last scene. This movie is a fantasy epic. If you follow the directors comments in the special features, you will know that it was built around some of the best special effects and CIG work I have ever seen. Once once he had that, the director took them and his script to Hollywood and recruited actors, sound designers, and a composer. The characters are not well developed because the movie is so packed with action that there is no time to waste on expressing the feelings or opinions of the cast. There is no time to show the developing love story of the hero and heroine, so the narrator simply tells you that they fell in love and they then react to the events as a person in love would. I loved this movie. Yes, it has some flaws, but they are overshadowed by the hard work and effort that the makers put out to bring it forth. If you examine all the great classic movies of all time, they all had their flaws. But what made them great was that they grabbed your attention and kept you watching in spite of it. This movie does just that. You are swept from one action to the next without a pause for breathe. You don't miss the love scenes because you know that If the charactors had stopped moving long to make love, they would have been killed or eaten. In the final analysis, this is a well-crafted action adventure filled with exceptinally good special effects and backed with an excellent musical score. The sound effects are just as good as the outstanding visual effects. Ignore the critics, sit back and enjoy the story and you'll have a good time."