Director: Stefen Fangmeier
Starring: Edward Speleers (Eragon), Jeremy Irons (Brom), Sienna Guillory (Arya), Robert Carlyle (Durza), John Malkovich (King Galbatorix), Garrett Hedlund (Murtagh), Alun Armstrong (Uncle Garrow), Christopher Egan (Roran), Gary Lewis (King Hrothgar), Djimon Hounsou (Ajihad) & Rachel Weisz (Saphira (voice))
Plot: A discovery of an egg by a farm boy in Alagaesia leads to a predestined journey that leads to a salvation to defend his homeland against an evil King.
Eragon found an egg that finally hatches and it was destined that he will be the rightful rider of that dragon. Unbeknown to him, that egg was actually belonged to the tyrant of the kingdom that was stolen by some fallen freedom fighters.
The dragon was then called Saphira. Soon both Saphira and Eragon was thrown into the treacherous world of the mad tyrant who has already sent his magical and villainous sorcerer called “Shade” named Durza (Robert Carlyle) to retrieve the egg.
Knowing that they cannot fight alone, they allied themselves with the freedom fighters bastioned at the mountains lead by Ajihad. in the process, Eragon befriended Murtagh, a lone wanderer who happens to be the son of the tyrant king itself who betrayed his father and his own forces.
Since Murtagh was a traitor of his own dad, the freedom fighters have no trust in him yet therefore kept him in custody until the forces of Durza attacked their bastion. Murtagh break free from his cell and joined the fight and proved himself worthy to the cause of Eragon and Ajihad.
Durza’s forces was defeated. The princess returned home and the mad king was seen laying out the next strategy to destroy Eragon and his forces in the next sequel.
Paolini demonstrates that he understands how to hold the reader’s eyes and this is what ultimately separates Eragon from countless other me-too fantasy novels. It isn’t long before the author lets readers in on the secret that the mysteriously found stone is in fact an egg, and a powerful dragon hatches from it.
When Eragon touches the beast’s scales, its magic is in many ways transferred to him and a bond between the two is simultaneously formed. They learn to talk to one another telepathically – and Eragon discovers that his dragon, whose size doubles and then triples in a matter of weeks, is much more intelligent and strong-willed than he could have anticipated.
And just when we start to wonder what the point of it all is, there’s a tragedy, a strong helping of revenge, and an entertaining newcomer who knows ancient words and magic, and speaks of mythical Dragon Riders who once kept peace and prosperity.
Very predictable. Nothing special. Dodgy accents. Worth watching for the sake of the festive season. Haha.