Review – D War

September 16, 2007


Shouldn’t have been called D-War; should’ve been called Giant Magical Snake War

 Took myself out for a treat – a movie in a theater.  Short plot synopsis – Ethan (Jason Behr) gets a talking to from the guy who rode a horse naked from Reflections in a Golden Eye (Robert Forster).  Ethan gets told that he’s the reincarnation of an ancient Korean warrior who’s job is to protect Sarah, the reincarnation of the woman who holds the yeouijoo in her body (Amanda Brooks).  The yeouijoo is a magical macguffin that will let one of two magical snakes ascend to Heaven as defined by the Korean producers. An attempt to put on the pageantry of Return of the King ensues, with a little bit of ID4 thrown in for good measure.

I’m not kidding about that last bit – there’s a definite homage going on in the last 20 minutes of the movie (basically Mexico gets turned into Minas Morgul), though it does make me wonder if the climax of the film was reshot for Western audiences.

Overall, I liked the film; though it does have the same problem as Ang Lee’s Hulk movie had – the points of exposition sort of detract from the reason I got off my ass and went to see the movie – DRAGON WAR (and they don’t even fight until the climax).  The movie really grinds to a slow pace whenever the FX aren’t assaulting you.  When they do, mind you, most are pretty damn good, except for an army of orcs magic Korean bad guys who don’t interact with the Los Angeles section of the film much past walking in formation.  To his credit, the director, Hyung-rae Shim, uses his CGI budget and gives us as much as he could afford in the way of budget spectacle. I also liked the ending of the movie in that (SPOILER INVISO-TEXT) Sarah, the woman Ethan is protecting and is in love with, sacrifices her life in order to finish the prophecy.  Very refreshing to see even a slight downer in the end of a picture these days.

Couple things though; Jack (Robert Foster) keeps reappearing throughout the film, protecting Ethan & Sarah, and telling Ethan he’s got to make sure the prophecy is fulfilled by taking Sarah to “the Grand Cave”.  Maybe a Post-It note saying where the Grand Cave was might have been in order?

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