This was just wrong.
Okay, I'll allow that my personal feelings toward dragonkind may colour my judgement, so I'll ignore the little things. Things like dragons being portrayed as no more intelligent than locusts, the incorrect use/creation of dragon-flame, the impossible nutritional requirements (they eat what?!?
), the ignorance about the difference between dragons and wyverns, and even about how to distinguish genders.
I'll stick to the dramatic concerns.
Nope, it still stinks.
The set-up is okay, but when the narration comes up (to cover the time-jump through the apocalypse) the plot inconsistancies start piling up.
Apparently, dragons were real, but humans managed to beat them back with swords and lances from horseback. Okay. Now, however, the dragons are a match for the finest weapons that 21st
century humanity can field. Assault helicopters, tanks, and nukes aren't enough to wipe them out.
The plot from there drags through a typical post-apocalyptic Messiah story (seriously, check out Christian Bale's look as Quinn; all he needs is the crown of thorns).
Enter Van Zan (or Van Zane, depending on who's saying it). The American Dragonslayer.
It's a British movie (as evidenced by "England as the World," as opposed to "USA as the World"
), but this is a bad
showing for archetypal American. I know Dragonslayers are all pompous, mean-spirited jerks (it's kinda a job requirement), but seriously. Zan is an @$$hole worthy of Captain Ahab.
So, it turns out that the big dragon that we saw earlier, the one who's been dormant (under London
, the most bustling city in England) for centuries is the only male, and that all these dragons are female. So, if Zan can kill the male, all the other dragons will die off (no-one to mate with; no new generations).
Because, of course, the alpha male in frickin' London
is the only
male on the entire
planet, after about 10 years of breeding enough to fill the sky with clouds of the beasties
So, if the big dragon that woke up in Act 1 was the male, and it was the only
dragon running around at first, where the frell did the rest of them come from???
Incidentally, that pregnant (no pun intended) pause in the action, where Quinn pulls the egg from the female's corpse? The scene that's in all the trailers (and several posters)? Utterly irrelevent. Absolutely no reference or explanation later on, not even a lame sequel-setup.
Plus, on a purely environmental basis, I didn't like the whole idea of genocide being the only way to save humanity.
Oh, and the reason the dragons are burning everything in site? They eat ash. That's right, ash. Yet they still gleefully scoop people up and crunch them in their sharp, predatory teeth. I guess they have to get their basic nutrients somewhere.
That's right folks, this was Battlefield Earth
Save your money and go see something classy instead, like Croc Hunter