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Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005)

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Based on the phenomenally successful role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons 2 takes you deeper into the dark and fantastical world of this fantasy epic. When the evil sorcerer Damodar braves... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Payne ... Damodar
Mark Dymond ... Berek
Clemency Burton-Hill ... Melora
Ellie Chidzey Ellie Chidzey ... Lux (as Ellie Chidzley)
Tim Stern Tim Stern ... Nim
Steven Elder ... Dorian
Lucy Gaskell ... Ormaline
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ... Oberon
Geoffrey T. Bersey Geoffrey T. Bersey ... Galtar (as Geoffrey Bersey)
Leonas Ciunis ... Old Mage
Liubomiras Laucevicius ... Mage #1
Ervinas Peteraitis Ervinas Peteraitis ... Mage #2
Vytautas Rumsas Vytautas Rumsas ... Valerious
David Merheb David Merheb ... Tibio
Aurimas Meliesius Aurimas Meliesius ... Klaxx (as Aurimas Miliesius)
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Based on the phenomenally successful role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons 2 takes you deeper into the dark and fantastical world of this fantasy epic. When the evil sorcerer Damodar braves a perilous whirlwind vortex to steal the elemental black orb he declares a sinister plan of vengeance against the kingdom of Ismir. Berek, a decorated warrior, and Melora, an amateur sorceress join four heroes representing Intelligence, Wisdom, Honor and Strength to battle against Damodar's growing army of gruesome creatures, flying harpies and an ice dragon to reach a vault room holding the orb. Together, they build their own army to retrieve the orb using elemental forces to defeat Damodar before he summons the sleeping black dragon whose omnipotent evil powers could lay waste to the entire kingdom. Written by Press Release

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From the ultimate evil comes the ultimate quest.


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Germany | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 2005 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Dungeons & Dragons 2: The Elemental Might See more »

Filming Locations:

Trakai Castle, Lithuania See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$909,822
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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The film has several explicit references to the AD&D game. A map during the opening credits contains the name "Yeenoghu", a demon lord from the game, and another demon lord from the game, "Jubilex", is mentioned by the characters several times. Also, several references contain the names of AD&D adventure modules (published scenarios). Berek mentions that Dorian helped him in the Ghost Tower of Inverness, a reference to module of the same name (C2). Nim asks Lux what happened to her brother at the "Barrier Peaks", a reference to the module "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks" (S3). Lux makes reference to the Shrine of the Kuo-Toa, a reference to the module of the same name (D2). See more »

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In the scene with the darkmantles falling from the ceiling, Berek's sword accidentally digs into the wall by the exit and leaves a mark when it digs in past the paint to the plaster underneath. Moments later in another shot, the mark is gone. See more »

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Damodar: The forces of evil hear the call of the orb... they wait to pick the rotting dead carcass of Izmer.
Wicked Doctor: Good times.
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Followed by Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012) See more »

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Another fumble from the D&D franchise
10 February 2006 | by knight110timSee all my reviews

I should be in geek heaven. Another Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) movie? After the critical hit that the first one took, I wouldn't have thought it possible ... but clearly someone has more faith in the franchise than the viewing public.

Wrath of the Dragon God is better cinematically than the original, but just isn't as much fun. While the first went for all the clichés (including the initial tavern rendezvous) and the full-on dragon war climax, the latest seems oddly low key ... despite its typically apocalyptic plot line.

Over a century has passed and Damodar (Bruce Payne) has returned from undeath with another foul plan for world domination. A band of experienced adventurers is hastily assembled - representing all the major character classes (a fighter, mage, cleric, rogue and barbarian) - to thwart him. And that's pretty much it.

There's a decent dungeon crawl sequence and some okay fight scenes, but it all seems very pedestrian and just an odd rehash of Hawk The Slayer (still, in my humble opinion, the best non-D&D D&D movie). We do get a pretty 'realistic' cinematic interpretation of Third Edition Dungeons & Dragons, some eye candy in the Xena-esquire shape of the barbarian Lux, fanboy in-jokes (in the shape of adventure module name dropping e.g. 'Barrier Peaks' and 'The Ghost Tower of Inverness' to name but two) and a few snippets of witty banter.

But for my two gold pieces, it could have been so much more. If the movie makers were trying to breath new life into the franchise they should have tried to make something that was dramatically different from the first, not just another version. In this sort of low-budget fantasy adventure fare, one quest is very much like another - whatever trinket the champions are seeking.

And enough with the CGI dragons already...

999 experience points to the writers, cast and directors for effort, but not enough to take them up a level yet.


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