Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +3

Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, and John Malkovich. Kids/teens sci-fi action drama. Screenplay by: Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal and Jesse Wigutow, based upon the novel by Christopher Paolini. Directed by Stefen Fangmeier

FILM SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling novel, this is an epic fantasy-adventure about a young farm boy named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, is swept into a world of magic and power, as he attempts to save an Empire.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I only like generous helpings of special effects if they enhance the story. And that they do here. Its simply a remarkable film to look at. But it is also one that entrances with its story and characters. With the same elements found in the original Star Wars, the filmmakers give us true Hollywood magic, a good vs. evil parable, with flying dragons, evil sorcerers and maidens fare.

Also reminiscent of Dragonheart, another period tale of Knights, dragons and the never ending struggle for justice (with Sean Connery doing the voice of a dragon in that one), Eragon contains messages of bravery, sacrifice, and the need for doing what is right. And though there is a demonic sorcerer, this good vs. evil parable is more Narnia than Hogwarts, and is not an attempt to interest youth in the dark arts. Completely enjoyable, perhaps even the best action fantasy of the year.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: There are several intense battle scenes and several demonic-looking creatures do battle with the good guys. Our young heros guardian is killed. Another main character is killed. Many are killed in battle. Blood: Some blood is scene when a man and a dragon are wounded.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: While this is a positive adventure for older children, little ones may be disturbed by the loss of life and the frightening imagery.
Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Older children, teens and adults

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