Dungeons & Dragons

2000

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Critics Consensus

Critics say this movie has a cheap look and is badly directed. Despite the presence of talented actors, the performances are really bad, and additionally, some people are offended at Marlon Wayans' character, calling it a racist throwback to black stereotypes.

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Total Count: 92

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User Ratings: 47,640
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The Empire of Izmer has long been a divided land. The Mages - an elite group of magic users - rule whilst the lowly commoners are powerless. Izmer's young Empress, Savina, wants equality and prosperity for all, but the evil Mage Profion is plotting to depose her, and establish his own rule. In order to prevent Profion from taking over her kingdom, the Empress must find the legendary Rod of Savrille that controls the powerful Red Dragons. Enter two thieves, Ridley and Snails, who unwittingly become instrumental in the search for the Rod. They are joined by Mage Apprentice Marina, a feisty Dwarf named Elwood, and helped by the Empress's expert tracker, the Elf Norda, as they outrace Profion's chief henchman Damodar to find the magical Rod that will set their Kingdom free.

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Cast

Justin Whalin
as Ridley Freeborn
Jeremy Irons
as Profion
Zoe McLellan
as Marina Pretensa
Thora Birch
as Empress Savina
Bruce Payne
as Damodar
Tom Baker
as Halvarth
Lee Arenberg
as Elwood Gutworthy
Edward Jewesbury
as Vildan Vildir
David O'Kelly
as Three Eyes
Martin Astles
as Orc No. 1
Matthew O'Toole
as Orc No. 2
Kia Jam
as Thief No. 1
Nicolas Rochette
as Thief No. 2
David Mandis
as Thief No. 3
Robert Henny
as Crimson Brigade
Stanislav Ondricek
as Another Mage
Roman Hemela
as Council Mage
Andrew Blau
as Elf No. 1
Marta Urbanova
as Elf No. 2
Jiri Machacek
as Loyalist General
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  • Apr 29, 2017
    From the very opening credits you can see this has poor special effects and is directed by someone without a distinct eye. I struggled to sit through this mess of ham-fisted acting and amateurish filmmaking. I'm shocked this had a 45 million budget as it does not show anywhere. The special effects are really poor, extremely poor and frustrating. I'm at a loss of how this hit cinemas when you clearly see no one cared for the film. 29/04/2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2012
    Thought it was pretty good, Never played the games so don't know how much it's like the games but it's entertaining but corny.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2012
    This movie gets a bit better when it starts taking itself more seriously toward the end, but pretty much the masses are right. It's one long, bad joke for most of the movie, and it just becomes pretty much unwatchable.
    Mace R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2012
    Hmmmm what to think of this little gem, I saw this at the cinema on release (yes) and at the time I kinda liked it for some reason, now upon a rewatch I can't see why I thought that. I guess at the time the effects were a little more impressive than today's standards of course plus there wasn't the huge amount of fantasy films that there are these days so this was quite a special little event. Looking back now it really is a terrible film, the acting from everyone is just abysmal and full O' cheese. Irons goes beyond taking the piss really with his rather queer hissing, cackling and facial expressions whilst his second in command played by Bruce Payne is just the campiest guy I've seen for ages...oh and he has blue lipstick on too. The film revolves around the cliched to max partnership of Wayans (doing his best Eddie Murphy impression) and Whalin trying to be heroic and cool. The pair are just awful together and completely lacking any sense of comedic timing, there is of course a lot of attempted humour throughout but it all falls flat on its face hard. There really is nothing to recommend here other than to laugh at, the effects are the worse CGI you will have seen for a major release (even though its an old film yes I know), tonnes of obvious bluescreen and even the costumes, makeup jobs and props all look cheap and tacky. I still can't understand why Irons would agree to this, ditto Richard O' Brien ('The Rocky Horror Picture Show' and quite the cult name here in the UK). I suppose its because his scenes were a homage to the classic 'Crystal Maze' he once hosted, almost a homage to him really, the guy is legend but this brings him down. The film was indeed mauled upon release but at the time (twas much younger back then) I gave it some leeway, it kinda reminded me of the 'Mortal Kombat' film and how, even though it was weak, it still had a glimmer of quality. But now I simply cannot allow that leeway anymore, the film may be enjoyed by younger kids but basically its crap.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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