When a young elfin maiden named Arya (Sienna Guillory) is ambushed by minions of the evil king Galbatorix, she is holding a sapphire blue stone. As the head of the pack, a Shade named Durza (Robert Carlyle), is attempting to force her to relinquish it to its presumed owner (the King), she conducts an incantation and the stone disappears.
When she telepathically teleports the stone to the mythic land of Alagasia, a teenaged farm boy named Eragon (Edward Speelers) finds it in the woods. Thinking he got lucky, he keeps the stone. However, Eragon’s uncle and guardian is killed when confronted by the minions about its whereabouts, and Arya is held hostage by Durza. Eragon’s focus is now on rescue and revenge.
The blue stone begins to hatch, and we learn that it was a dragon’s egg all along. The baby dragon becomes Eragon’s pet. With almost a sonic boom, the baby dragon grows into full size. Named Saphira (voiced by Rachel Weisz), she forms a bond with the young man, and we watch that friendship grow.
However, the other residents of the kingdom aren’t so thrilled with all of the events that have occurred. Brom (Jeremy Irons) is a mysterious drifter who is openly against the King. As the story progresses, we learn why the kingdom is in such disarray. King Galbatorix (John Malkovich) was one of the much-revered dragon riders, turned renegade because of his strong thirst for power. Will the last dragon egg now hatched, it is shown that Eragon is destined to be the next great dragon rider. Brom, himself a former dragon rider, takes him under his wing, eventually giving him enough guidance to travel to the land of the Varden.
The legacy of the dragon riders and their magical powers are all part of this world, based on the novel by Christopher Paolini.
I absolutely enjoyed the movie as a whole. If you?re into the whole fantasy genre with Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, this is right up your alley. The ending was rather abrupt, leaving room for a sequel (the book itself is part of a trilogy). Beautiful scenes of the countryside, exciting battles, and feats of magic kept me very entertained.
For the most part, take this movie for what it is. A cool fantasy ride that’s sure to please adults and kids alike who are looking for an escape into another world.
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