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An investigative journalist (Dougray Scott) unearths secrets about his father's (Wes Bentley) ties to the controversial founder (Charlie Cox) of Opus Dei.

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  • Mar 12, 2013
    In 1982, Roberto Torres(Dougray Scott) returns to his native Madrid to research a book about Josemaria Escriva(Charlie Cox). Luckily for Roberto, his father Manolo(Wes Bentley) still lives in the city. Unluckily for Roberto, they have not spoken in eight years. Regardless, Manolo sends him whatever relevant material he has, as he and Roberto were friends when they were growing up, even studying in the same seminary at one point. Once upon a time, writer-director Roland Joffe had a flair for historical epics when he made sweeping and excellent timeless films such as "The Mission" and "The Killing Fields." Sadly, that was a long time ago and with the exception of neat cinematography(credit to Gabriel Beristain), especially with Manolo coming into focus in a mirror, there is not much to like in "There Be Dragons," as it serves mostly as just a banal distortion of history. For example, in reality, the Catholic Church was on the side of the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War, so at least they were not totally persecuted as shown here.(For the record, if somebody is too good to be true, they most likely are.) That's not to mention a dueling lumbering narrative that does little to advance the movie's central themes of forgiveness. Remember, some times you do have to take a side.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2012
    This movie had great potential, but I think that it must have suffered from poor editing. Visually speaking, it was very good...but, that wasn't enough to help the storyline endearing.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2012
    A great visual style, as you would expect from Roland Joffeâ(TM), but it ultimately lacks the narrative power of his better works, notably The Killing Fields. The production values and overall world building of civil war torn Spain was excellent, but the more modern storyline, to which the film often flashbacks to, was less convincing (especially the â~agedâ(TM) Wes Bentley), and often undermined the more compelling earlier story. I also felt the themes were a bit heavy handed, a symptom of an unpolished script, one that also features some stilted dialogue. Olga Kurlenko, for her part, was amazing, and was certainly the most compelling character of this historical epic. At the end, you have a lot of great set pieces and some good story elements, making it watchable, but certainly not without some problems. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2011
    I really hoped I would like this movie, that it would be deep and emotional and entertaining. But I was wrong. I was just really bored. i couldn't get attached to any of the characters. A lot happened - plot wise - but I just didn't care. Perhaps if I actually knew anything about the Spanish revolution or any Spanish history, this might have meant something to me. Yet, since I don't, it was all just went right over my head. I couldn't even tell you what the purpose of some of the main characters was. All in all, maybe it's good - because objectively, a lot happens and it's "interesting - but personally, I just didn't care. What did this movie teach me? There is a lot that I don't know about Spain.
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