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Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

Cast: Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans, Zoe McLellan, more...
Director: Courtney Solomon
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The imaginary world of the world's most popular fantasy role-playing game comes to life in this special-effects laden adventure. In the Empire of Izmer, magic is the key to power in both the supernatural and political realms. The Mages are a sect who know the secrets of magic and use it to hold sway over the masses. The youthful Empress Savina (Thora Birch) wants to use her powers to bring justice and prosperity to all, but Profion (Jeremy Irons) is an evil Mage who wants to use his knowledge of magic to overthrow Savina and establish his own despotic rule. Through deceitful means, Profion wins away the special scepter that allows him to control the nation's Golden Dragons; Savina's only hope to recover the scepter and the rule of Izmer is to obtain the Rod of Savrille, a talisman that will give her powers over the Red Dragons, even more powerful than their golden counterparts. As Savina sets out to gain control of the Red Dragons, she gains a number of unlikely allies, including a pair of thieves, Snails (Marlon Wayans) and Ridely (Justin Whalin); a powerful dwarf, Elwood (Lee Arenberg); and Norda (Kristen Wilson), an elf with a gift for finding lost objects. Dungeons & Dragons also features Zoe McLellan, Bruce Payne, and Richard O'Brien, the latter of whom is best known as the writer and co-star of the perennial cult item The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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The best film written by a 6 year old by Torgo December 28, 2004 - 12:23 PM PST
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I suppose if you're reading this review for Dungeons and Dragons to try and get an opinion of it, you're probably reading this to see how bad this movie is. Why else would you want to see this movie other than to see the complete train wreck this movie has become?
First off, you have Jeremy Irons, a very well respected Shakespearean actor of stage and screen, probably best known from his work as playing twins in Dead Ringers, plays an offesively melodramatic wizard who needs a dragon staff so he can control dragons to overthrow a kingdom lead by Thora Birch, who doesn't even try to act in this. Compared to Ghost World, another movie she did within a year of this one, I got the impression she did this SOLELY for the money and didn't put ANY effort into acting in this.
The movie is incredibly bad in many ways: it has some of THE WORST acting ever seen in a major motion picture, the special effects are cheap and unconvincing, the story seems to be written in a Exquisite Corpse style with little to no connection with other parts of the movie, a badguy who wears blue lipgloss, and Marlon Wayans. This movie has nothing good going for it except for it's ludicrousness of being one of the most embarassing wastes of money Hollywood ever greenlighted on a franchise that only tried to appeal to a very very small audience audience who barely leave their houses in the first place.

Overall: God willing you WANT to see this movie, have friends watch to so you can all laugh at it. Consider it a bonding experience... bonding over how much a movie sucks.

Why? by mason July 13, 2003 - 6:29 PM PDT
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5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
First things first: the *only* good thing about this movie is its use of the Bone Chapel in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, as the bad guy's lair. What a waste of its beauty, though.

If I were Marlon Wayans I would really be questioning my acting career after watching myself in this movie. If I were Jeremy Irons, I'd be asking myself how I sank this far. If I were everyone else, I'd be having a stern talk with my agent to prevent accidents like this from coming along again.

Why was this made? Did anyone involved actually believe they were making a good movie? Doubtful. Very doubtful.

Unless you really feel that you have an extra two hours of your life that you can freely waste, don't even think about watching this movie. There's not enough beer in the world to make it entertaining except in a rubbernecking-on-the-freeway kind of way. And for that, "Battlefield Earth" would be a better choice.




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