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Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (2004)
"The Last Dragon" (original title)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Fantasy  |  20 March 2005 (USA)
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An alternate scientific history, in which dragons were real and lived on this earth, is imagined in this fantasy docudrama. Dr. Tanner, a modern but renegade scientist, hopes to prove the ... See full summary »

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An alternate scientific history, in which dragons were real and lived on this earth, is imagined in this fantasy docudrama. Dr. Tanner, a modern but renegade scientist, hopes to prove the existence of the creatures by discovering paleontologic evidence. Written by Bartacus

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The Chinese dragon uses mimicry to lure a tiger before killing it. In real life, Tigers are also capable of mimicry. Bengal Tigers are known to mimic Sambar deer calls, while Siberian Tigers can mimic Asian black bears. Sloth bears have been known to run upon hearing actual sambar deer in the belief that they were in the presence of tigers. See more »

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Not as good as it could have been.
7 February 2006 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

This film was done by the same folks who gave us the 'Walking with Dinosaurs/Prehistoric Beasts' shows, and the sequences involving the dragons are mesmerizing, but the bits with the supposed modern paleontologist's quest to find evidence of a dragon are contrived and very badly acted indeed. This was simply not the right way to present this show - it's just too much of a stretch to make dragons scientifically plausible, and I feel the production company would have been better served by hiring some real scientists to play the roles of scientists - rather than giving second-rate actors a horrible script. Just imagine if real scientists had been interviewed and allowed to imagine the plausibilities of dragons having been real, and then intercutting the CGI stuff, rather than contriving a modern scientific 'discovery' plot and hiring actors to play it out.

Basically, this film would have been better if it had included less of the modern storyline and just allowed us to suspend disbelief as we watched dragons soaring over plains and mountains and doing the things that dragons did in legend. They made an overly-serious effort to convince us that dragons were real, but they did it by using a simplistic Indiana Jones style plot full of holes you could fly a dragon through.

I like the DVD overall - I even own it, but I wish I didn't have to fast-forward through the appalling dialogue, the bad acting, the soap-opera plot and the pseudo-science in order to get to the good stuff.


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