DRAGON WARS: D-WAR
Mindless Occultism and Laughable Mayhem
Release Date: September 14, 2007
Starring: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks,
Robert Forster, Aimee Garcia,
Craig Robinson, Michael Shamus
Wiles, and Chris Mulkey
Genre: Action Thriller/Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 92 Minutes
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Hyung-rae Shim
Executive Producer: Hyung-rae Shim
Producer: James B. Kang
Writer: Hyung-rae Shim
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When news reporter Ethan Kendrick (Jason Behr) reports from a local disaster site in Los Angeles, he notices a large reptile-like scale that resembles the protective talisman he wears around his neck. The talisman was given to him when he was a young boy by a man who told Ethan he was the reincarnation of a monk from 500 years earlier who failed to protect the chosen young woman who was the bearer of the Yuh Yi Joo dragon force at that time. Now, an evil Imoogi, the fallen dragon Buraki, has come back to find the new bearer of the Yuh Yi Joo, a young woman named Sarah (Amanda Brooks). Buraki and his evil army will destroy anything and everyone who stands in their way.
Ethan and Sarah must struggle to keep her alive and away from Buraki and his minions until they can find the good Imoogi who will be transformed and destroy Buraki. As the evil serpent Buraki and his forces destroy downtown Los Angeles in search of Sarah, plenty of mayhem and action violence ensues. Also, Ethan must choose between trying to protect and keep alive his soul mate, Sarah, and fulfilling his destiny as the one who leads her to her sacrifice that will protect the earth from annihilation.
DRAGON WARS, or D-WAR as the wannabe hip, marketing campaign calls it, is a laughably bad, popcorn action movie that harkens back to old-school Godzilla and other monster B-movies. Full of stilted dialogue and second-level special effects, D-WAR’s plot points and coincidental circumstances border on the absurd. The acting is forced, but it fits with the overall tone of the movie. Ironically, the movie may actually, although unintentionally, be the funniest movie of the year. Audience members were laughing as every new “fortuitous” plot development occurred.
DRAGON WARS contains strong elements of false religion and occultism, from reincarnation to magic used in battle sequences to protective talismans, and plenty of action violence, although no blood is shown. For purely artistic reasons, though, people may want to find a more effective use of their time – unless, of course, they just want to have a really good laugh.
DRAGON WARS is a laughably bad, popcorn movie that harkens back to old-school Godzilla and other monster B-movies. Full of stilted dialogue and second-level special effects, D-WAR’s plot points and coincidental circumstances border on the absurd. DRAGON WARS contains strong elements of false religion and occultism, including references to reincarnation, magic and protective talismans. It also has plenty of action violence and brief foul language. The movie’s occult mysticism probably is the most offensive element.