Age of the Dragons

2011

Age of the Dragons

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9%

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Total Count: 11

7%

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Saints and Soldiers director Ryan Little offers this inventive take on Herman Mellville's Moby Dick, substituting that tale's elusive white shark for a mythical dragon pursued by a determined Captain Ahab (Danny Glover) and his devoted band of followers.

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Critic Reviews for Age of the Dragons

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

  • Herman Melville's Moby-Dick gets a landlocked remix courtesy of ill-conceived action-adventure Age of the Dragons.

    Mar 9, 2011 | Full Review…

    Charles Gant

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Might have worked in the hands of Roger Corman and John Sayles.

    Mar 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Entirely forgettable and somewhat unhealthy, lingering on the palate like an impulsive, Friday-night kebab.

    Mar 3, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Watch the opening sequence, skip everything that else that follows.

    Aug 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…
  • Like a harpoon in the side of Herman Melville's great novel, this low budget fantasy yarn is more drag than dragon.

    Mar 7, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There is some truth in advertising - Age Of The Dragons does drag on for an age.

    Mar 5, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Age of the Dragons

  • May 08, 2014
    I’ve got a lot of respect for anyone willing to take risks in the film industry, in particular some completely off the wall retellings (see Zombie Strippers) so though I was all in for a version of Moby Dick except with dragons. But no amount of dragons will rectify a film’s being plain bad. I totally believe in a perfect ending saving a piss poor movie, and I try to never let a shittily handled ending ruin an otherwise good movie, but when a movie starts off with (at best) a small dollop of originality and then chugs away getting less and less interesting as the piece drearily sails on, a lacklustre ending is simply not enough to garner a single bit of praise from me. I like seeing Vinnie Jones on screen, and I’m intrigued to fond Danny Glover getting work. The dragons were bearable given the low budget and the premise managed to ride the line between source material and new setting in an acceptable manner. But when the nicest thing that can be said about a film is “bearable” and part of it was “acceptable”, what your really saying is “not worth while”. While I’ve seen a million (exaggeration) worse movies in my time, even crap like Zombie Driftwood is at least laughably bad, sifting through mountains of needles to find that one little gem is hardly ideal when looking at a mountain next door that’s all gems, but with Age of the Dragons there’s really nothing worth catching here at all. No shiny. No torture. Other than in the on-screen literal sense there’s not even a goddamn mountain. It’s the most nothing movie I’ve seen since Rise of an Empire. 28% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2013
    So they take Ahab's obsession for the white whale and sci-fi spin it to a hunt for a great white dragon. Freudian ruminations aside, and altho this is a poorly budgeted knock off, elements of fun exist in Glover's decision to go for Ahab full on ... has to be seen to be believed.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2012
    Reworking of classic novel 'Moby Dick' but this time using dragons as the game or hunt as it were. To be honest this is a really neat little idea, the only problem is its been made poorly which is a shame. I think this could of worked had a little more time and money been invested, the cast are OK I guess...for an action type film. Danny Glover is a little miscast as Ahab perhaps but Vinnie Jones does surprisingly well as does the hero Sevier as Ishmael. Nothing to rave about of course but the cheesiness of it all suits them fine and you know to expect ham. Of course the effects are slightly off-key, CGI is average but shows promise, even the use of old stop motion techniques used by Harryhausen are utilised at one point which almost works (oddly it looked better in the old mythology films of Harryhausen). Then you do have silly things which needed more planning such as the Pequod as a wheeled land tank/ship thingy. This didn't really work as it was way too small looking, it was like the Tardis, small on the outside yet apparently huge on the inside with about eight adults living in it with lots of quarters shown! plus how did it run? petrol? diesel? someone pedaling below? I must also mention my dislike of virtually everyone in action films these days being some kind of martial arts expert and able to defeat multiple enemies without breaking sweat. It really is so over used and in this film its so out of place, what's wrong with some good old fashioned fisticuffs? A nice idea but the execution is weak, worth checking out if you like dragon flicks though...I guess, not much else going for it.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2011
    A kind of retelling of moby dick, but with dragons. Danny glover overacts and of course vinnie jones doing his thing. it has more production value that you would expect. but just falls flat overall
    scott g Super Reviewer

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