"Mindless Occultism and Laughable Mayhem"
DRAGON WARS: D-WAR is a mindless, big-budget, monster B-movie based on a Korean legend. According to the legend, every 500 years, giant Imoogi serpents come to earth to find and possess the Yuh Yi Joo life force of a young woman so they can transform into a dragon and take their place in the heavens.
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.
(PaPaPa, OO, FRFR, C, LL, VV, AA, M) Very strong pagan religious worldview with strong occult elements, false Eastern religions and ideas such as reincarnation, Korean legend of flying dragons with supernatural powers, and occult magic including a protective talisman that a young man wears, plus very light Christian allusion to an evil dragon that has been cast down from heaven and seeks to overthrow heaven with his evil forces and chosen ones must sacrifice themselves to defeat the evil dragon villain; seven obscenities, two strong obscenities and four light profanities; various action violence and mayhem throughout includes explosions, car crashes, gunshots, chase scenes, etc., an evil army slaughters a village, dragons shoot fireballs, and giant snake eats woman although no blood is shown; some unmarried kissing; no nudity but cleavage of woman in workout tank top; alcohol use includes bar serves underage woman; no smoking or drugs; and, lying and FBI agent tries to kill young woman, although he is stopped.
DRAGON WARS: D-WAR is a mindless, big-budget, monster B-movie based on a Korean legend. According to the legend, every 500 years giant serpents come to earth to find and possess the life force of a young woman so they can transform into a dragon and take their place in the heavens. Ethan, a news reporter who’s supposed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist monk, must keep his girlfriend, Sarah, alive and away from the fallen dragon Buraki and his evil minions. They are trying to find the good serpent who will be transformed and destroy Buraki. As Buraki and his forces destroy downtown Los Angeles in search of Sarah, mayhem and action violence ensues.
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.