Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God
Due to a curse from his former master Profion, Damodar survived his death by Ridley Freeborn as an undead entity in pursuit of an evil artifact for some hundred years, so that he might be capable of unleashing unstoppable destruction on Izmir and the descendants of those who caused his demise.
- Bruce Payne , Mark Dymond , Clemency Burton-Hill , Ellie Chidzey , Tim Stern , Steven Elder , Lucy Gaskell
Great Film overall
It is not deep, but it is fun to watch. It does have a bit more of an edge to it than other similar films.
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
The first D&D was not without flaws. Yet compared to this second attempt at the theme of D&D, it stands as a gem next to a pile of dirt. Some viewers seem to have appreciated the second more. They are no doubt gamers judging every work of fantasy by standards imposed in the industry of so-called role-playing games. And this is the single achievement of the second D&D - to have recreated the mindless yet flashy atmosphere of many video games, where the liberties of imagination and reality based self-esteem are replaced with the comfortable repetitiveness of pulling the trigger and the reward of calling yourself a hero. The difference between the first and second D&D cinematic experiences is that between watching a child building a sand castle and a child smashing one. D&D 2 does not tell a story. It only shows some poorly related elements of the fantasy D&D world, much like a dish that is supposed to taste good just because some known ingredients were thrown in at its making. The events of the movie fall in 2 general categories: the saying - when you are told about something in a detached manner, like in a documentary; and the doing - reduced to someone or something being hit. The actors don't fit their characters, rather they pretend acting. They mostly stare at the camera and shout nonsense or move around awkwardly in their costumes. Many uninteresting scenes are longer than they should be as if the direction had difficulties reaching an imposed length for the movie. The events are presented in a fragmented manner, probably according to the idea of turning the pages of a book. However the chapters of the said book seem to have been severely reduced, as if the scenarist had the task to adapt only the pictures in the book to the screen. Besides, this turning of pages is supposed to be done using music and scenery. The movie looks flat because all action takes place close to the camera, in short range, without secondary events happening in a background level and without the camera moving closer or farther from the actors. D&D 2 is not worth of the name unless as a 3rd grade or about performance at an elementary school's theater. See the first D&D for a well told story with lively interpretations and charming characters, that does not assume to be more than it shows and it shows more than you would expect. Forget D&D 2 - it was a mistake.
The first film was based on the popular role-playing game, as is this sequel, the original was a huge box office flop, and I only found out about this follow up being shown on television, it was straight to DVD. Basically evil sorcerer Damodar (Bruce Payne) has returned, one years since the previous events, and he seeks revenge on the kingdom of Izmir and the descendants of those who defeated him. He finds what restores his curse, the ancient artifact, an Orb, linked to the power of Faluzure, and with this he also plans to awaken the dragon to destroy the kingdom. Fighter and former captain of the king's guard Lord Berek (Mark Dymond) and his gifted wife Melora (Clemency Burton-Hill) are investigating toxic gases in caves, where they find the slumbering dragon, and they also find out about the missing Orb. Melora is cursed by Damador in an encounter, and she hides this from Berek, while they gather together a group of warriors, female barbarian Lux (Ellie Chidzey), male Cleric Dorian (Steven Elder) of Obad-Hai, female elven wizard Ormaline (Lucy Gaskell) and master thief Nim (Tim Stern). They set out to find the enemy's lair, while Oberon (Roy Marsden) head of the Mages' Council and his colleagues try to decipher the tomes of Turanian magic, a way to defeat the dragon. The heroes travel through haunted forest, get the attention of Klaxx the Maligned (Aurimas Meliesius), solve some riddle and get through some obstacles, and Dorian is killed. Berek manages to take the Orb while injured Ormaline and Nim are teleported to the clerics, while a transformed Klaxx kills the Oberon and takes his shape, and when Melora returns his true identity is unmasked, before he steals the Orb and kills the King. The dragon has been awakened and destroying the Orb regains all its power, and while Berek rides to save the day, near death Melora deciphers the magic needed to attack the creature and restore her own health. Berek and Lux are ready to face Damador, who no longer has Klaxx at his side, and the heroes manage to defeat and imprison him in the dark dungeon beneath Izmir, all the courageous good guys get their rewards, while the villain smiles that he may be able to return again. I will be honest and say, I don't care about any story at all, as you can tell this is straight to DVD by the terrible quality of acting, the useless attempts of action sequences, and the most often times stupid special effects, it is definitely worse than the original, a rubbish fantasy adventure sequel. Poor!
it is beyond me how a very badly received film got a sequel made. I thought it wasn't possible but just look at BloodRayne II a sequel to a bad film and no.2 was even worse.I only saw this film just to see if this was as bad as the first film. I was ready for the mistakes from the first film but was surprised to find that film was mildly entertaining. none of the stupid jokes from film 1 were included and seemed more like a fantasy film rather than an overblown joke. yes the film did still look tacky like the prequel and the dialogue did sound a bit cheesy at times, but the acting was better, the story line didn't move to the left, to the right, upside down or inside out so i was able to follow the film without shouting WHAT THE HELL! 6 or 7 times.the CGI was much worse however but because I knew what was going on I didn't worry about the CGI (Terminator 1 had the very tacky Arnold dummy during the mirror scene and is the film bad? no). This film had none of the actors from no.1 (apart from Bruce Payne as Damodar) so I was reassured that the characters were not going to say or do something pointless.The film was darker than no.1 which is good and far more serious which is also good but just like the first film too many people were placed in the shots so the scenes still felt overcrowded.its not a good film but it is not a bad film. still it beats the D&D 1 ten times over.
For some point I'm really thwarted with the fact that this movie is a hyper-poor far-version of Lord of the Rings. I purchased the original piece in the market and saw a tagline phrase saying "From the team that brought you the special effects from lord of the rings, comes the most visually stunning epic of the year!" visually stunning for me is terribly sub-zero film flick. The chief characters were good on their roles, the others were awfully inappropriate, and most of all the foundation of this movie was its special graphical effects, I've only seen little. Too diminutive of its creative stuffs, this movie indeed is high in introductory trailers (for it attracts my attention because of its astonishing coverthe Ice dragon, who appeared only once and within a short span of time, how sad) but irrefutably scarce in graphical effects quality, the props are also unconvincing, probably the setting as well and the prelude even sucks. I can't imagine that I spend almost $5.00 for an original copy, which considers not beingmaybe.However to future viewers out there wait for it to appear on TV's, don't spend your money for seizing a copy.