Dragon Crusaders (2011)

Dragon Crusaders (2011)

📅21 October 2011, 18:34

The CGI works pretty well in this setting (for the most part).

Dragon Crusaders (2011)
Directed By: Mark Atkins
Where to get it: The Asylum

The Prologue
So, Dragon Crusaders huh? I assumed going into this movie that I’d get two things, dragons and..well..crusaders. So, to the shock of no one that is what we get here in this film from Asylum. But unlike a lot of folks, I go into these types of lower budget films with an open mind. And at times that open mind burns me, but I’m happy to report that it didn’t happen here. I was amused by what I saw on the screen for the most part. I’ve never been much of a Dungeons and Dragon/Fantasy fan boy type, but these types of films, at times, can gain my attention..But, it’s usually hard to hold it. With that being said, how well did this one work out in the overall picture?

The Movie
A group of fugitive Knights Templar attacks a pirate ship in order to help a small village and they are cursed to turn into hideous monsters. To fight the curse and ultimately save the world, they must defeat the wizard-dragon who is determined to destroy it. All in all it’s a pretty neat little tale that due to the setting and the subject matter, has CGI that works for the most part. I won’t say things don’t get a little corny at times, but it’s at least not boring.

The movie starts off exciting enough with a ship of nasty pirates on their way to a small village to do what pirates do. They are well in the process of running the ol’ “number 6” on this place when our brave and kind (for the most part) Knights show up and decide it would be the nice thing to do if they helped everyone out. Unbeknownst to them, there’s already a kinda hot amazon of a woman (in spirit not look as far as “amazon” goes) taking these bastards out one by one. And of course all seems well and in hand until they learn that a poor girl the pirates had kidnapped has placed a weird curse on everyone. So no kind deed goes unpunished as they say, and it’s all somewhat interesting and the beginning is interesting enough.

Now of course there is some dragging and a whole lot of cheesy and corny stuff going down all around in this film. It works well for this setting, but at times the film walks a fine line between childish and adult. We have a story and a look that appears to be right down some kid’s alley, but then you have some blood and gore (some in horrible CGI unfortunately) that is clearly aimed for adults. See, I don’t mind CGI when it comes to our flying dragon and other foul creatures. But when a head is chopped off and a weird cloud of CGI dust flies up from the body I am forced to draw a bit of a line. I guess we can take comfort in knowing it doesn’t happen too often. I just wish when people were stabbing other people with swords it wasn’t clearly to the blind side of the camera. I guess they didn’t have the budget for straight up impaling, but it’s too obvious what they are doing here.

So you end up with a few gnarly battles, some flying monsters, and a couple hot women to look at. It’s not the world’s greatest action/fantasy film but it’s not what I’d call horrible either. It’ll be fine and dandy for the type of crowd that enjoys this sorta thing, and even if you don’t like these types of films, you at least have a cheesy factor that is hard to not somewhat enjoy if you kick back to watch this. I don’t know if Dragon Crusaders is the type of film that could become a franchise or anything, it’s probably best suited for a stand alone film. But I do think it could have been a lot worse, and I’m somewhat impressed by what we end up with.

The Conclusion
Hot women, an odd group of knights, and some CGI monsters. It’s the blueprint of what B-movies are made of, and these sorta movies can be a whole lot of fun at times. And while this one is far from perfect, I would at least call it fun if nothing else. So if fantasy films are your kinda thing, you might like this more than you’d have imagined.  

The Rating (5.5/10)

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