In 5th Century Britain, a young Merlin struggles for his place in his known land under the tutelage of The Mage, a local wizard whom sees the young man's potential for magic, as well as ...
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In 5th Century Britain, a young Merlin struggles for his place in his known land under the tutelage of The Mage, a local wizard whom sees the young man's potential for magic, as well as face off against his evil former friend, Vendiger, whom plots with a feudal warlord king to conquer all of Britian using an army of flying dragons, and only Merlin with the alliance of the local Prince Uther and Ingraine and a pair of mystical goddesses, can have the power to stop the evil from taking over the land.Written by
As Merlin approaches The Mage's school house, the door is closed in the exterior shot, but is open in the interior shot. See more »
What happened to me?
Vendiger and your temptation brought you in contact with your father.
That thing... That could not have been my father!
I'm afraid so.
I am no child of a demon!
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* The CGI dragons are great - very mythical and more appropriate than a more Hollywood/Spielberg style would have been
* The location - totally fitting moody Welsh landscapes
* Some of the acting was good
* The music was a bit overblown but quite professional
* The acting direction was non-existent so despite the individual actors doing a reasonable job there was no sense of interaction or timing.
* The camera work was atrocious. Most of the film is shot in close up with occasional distant shots where you cant actually see whats going on. Ironically although most shots are static (i.e. no dolly or tracking)the degree of camera shake tells you its hand held.
* Editing was poor and uninspired. Some of the conversational sequences were obviously pieced together from shots taken at different times.
Even low budget films can be successful if well directed - this one unfortunately wasn't. There are so many bizarre mistakes - hand held cameras that don't actually move; gorgeous open Welsh landscapes that you cant see because the camera work is too tight, good enthusiastic actors that end up sounding like a school play through lack of direction.
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