(USA, 2006, 105 minutes)

In a mythical land, a teenage farmboy finds himself safekeeping the last dragon egg that holds out hope for freedom from the tyrannical rule of a dreaded king. Very well made but highly derivative adventure fantasy for younger audiences, with excellent trick effects; there’s a neat old-fashioned charm to its overuse of all the genre clichés, though anyone over 15 will find it a disposable time-passer.

A Twentieth Century-Fox release. Fox 2000 pictures presents, in association with Ingenious Film Partners, a Davis Entertainment Company production; made in association with Dune Entertainment and Major Studio Partners. Starring Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, Joss Stone; with Rachel Weisz as the voice of Saphira; and John Malkovich. Directed by Stefen Fangmeier; produced by John Davis and Wyck Godfrey; screenplay by Peter Buchman, based on the novel Eragon by Christopher Paolini; music by Patrick Doyle; director of photography, Hugh Johnson; production designer, Wolf Kroeger; costume designer, Kym Barrett; film editor, Roger Barton; visual effects supervisors, Samir Hoon and Michael McAlister.


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