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Dragon Fighter (2003)

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Workers in an underground lab fight for their lives against a cloned dragon they created.

Director:

Phillip J. Roth

Writers:

Michael Johnston (screenplay) (as Micheal Baldwin), Phillip J. Roth (screenplay) (as Phillip Roth)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Cain ... Capt. David Carver
Kristine Byers Kristine Byers ... Dr. Meredith Winter
Robert Zachar ... Dr. Ian Drackovitch
Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius ... Dr. Greg Travis
Robert DiTillio ... Kevin Korisch
Vesela Dimitrova Vesela Dimitrova ... Bailey Kent (as Vassela Dimitrova)
Hristo Shopov ... Capt. Sergei Petrov
Chuck Eckert Chuck Eckert ... Cookie
Kelly Wilborn Kelly Wilborn ... Dying Mother
Hector Kleist Hector Kleist ... Knight #1
John Barnsall John Barnsall ... Knight #2
Chad Boyer Chad Boyer ... Knight #3
Matthew Coe Matthew Coe ... Knight #4
Matt Harris Matt Harris ... Knight #5
Darius Kerns Darius Kerns ... Knight #6
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A group of scientists, working in a deep underground lab, clones and hatches a 1,000-year-old dragon, after finding its remains in a cavern in southern England. After the critter goes from one cell to full grown in 3 hours, it goes on a rampage, killing most of the scientists and escaping to the surface. Naturally, bullets don't faze it at all. Our Intrepid Hero helps kill if before it can menace all mankind. Sort of "Alien" meets "Reign of Fire". Written by fgunther

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There can be only one dominant species.


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dračí klon See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color
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The split screens were added in the edit as an attempt to make the "talking heads" scenes more interesting. See more »

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Apparently some (or even all) of the people at the lab have the same ID number. See more »

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No animals, including dragons, were injured in the making of this motion picture. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #29.11 (2003) See more »

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Not terrible, but scientifically flawed
26 March 2003 | by KatatoniaSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie, and i was entertained to a point. But, there are tons of things very wrong with this movie.

There is a very annoying split-screen style that occurs every so often during the movie, showing different camera angles of the scenes. Inventive yes, but i found it quite distracting and just plain annoying to watch it in that fashion.

Another thing is the cloning of the "Dragon" so rapidly. How could something go from a single DNA strand into a multi-ton beast within a few hours? Let's forget that it is basically scientifically impossible, but where was it going to get so much raw organic material to produce that level of exponential growth? This isn't the first time in a movie that they've leaped over the seemingly obvious scientific facts, hoping that the dummies out there wouldn't care or notice.

The ending was equally as troublesome, military airplanes shooting down the Dragon? That reminds me of what happened in the horrible movie "Retillian". At the very end we see soldiers (or scientists) exploring the underground facility which was blown up by a Nuclear core meltdown that was 53% of Hiroshima, right after our heroes escaped. When the soldiers go in, the facility only appears to be mildly damaged...how they could even go into it at all is beyond me.

Anything positive about the film? Well, the beginning of the movie that takes place during medieval times is decent, and the Dragon CGI effects are fairly believable except for a few scenes. The acting is admirable, but that in and of itself fails to help the weak plot.

This is far from the worst film i've ever seen, but i wouldn't recommend it or give a seal of approval. It's worth a single viewing for fans of sci-fi movies, but for everyone else...just forget Dragon Fighter.


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