Posted: 11/03/2008

 

Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles

(2008)

by Keita Browne



A Sci-Fi original movie.


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Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles is about a princess named Luisa who enlists the help of a knight to save her kingdom from a fire breathing dragon. The fantasy film aired on the Sci-Fi channel October 18th for anxious fantasy fans. The film’s credits include “A-List” actors Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), and director Pitof (Catwoman).

The film had the potential to be a great fantasy, it had some beautiful locations and a very interesting concept, but it fell short on the supporting casts acting, art design, pacing and some story structure.

Arnold Vosloo and John Rhys-Davis are seasoned actors and they gave great performances for their parts, but they alone can not carry an entire film. At certain points in the movie the dialogue from the supporting cast sounded very dry, almost like they were reading cue cards.

The art design of the dragons was very innovative, but poorly chosen. The art designers relinquished the traditional reptile nature of the dragon and gave them Godzilla like facial features with the body of a stingray fish.

The pacing of the film wasn’t the worst, but it could have been better. We established the main characters in the beginning of the film and a great bulk of the conflict. The audience had to wade through various character interactions, back-story and dialogue before they were introduced to key action and plot points towards the end of the film.

For the most part, the plot wasn’t entirely bad. The film as it stands needed to have been a TV series rather than a film. It felt as though the writers and directors were trying to condense a bigger story into a very concise package. If they were given the opportunity to make the film into a TV series, they could have explained more about the setting of the story and the environment of the characters. For example, in the film there were forest people whose only purpose was to attack anyone who trespassed in their territory. If the audience was given more time, we could have discovered their history and why they insist on attacking travelers. Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles had great potential, but because of these critical flaws in the film, this movie gets 2 out of 5 stars

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