Set in 411 AD, Pendragon tells the story of young Artos who is raised to believe that God has a purpose for each day. When his family is killed and he is taken into slavery by the Saxons, ...
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Set in 411 AD, Pendragon tells the story of young Artos who is raised to believe that God has a purpose for each day. When his family is killed and he is taken into slavery by the Saxons, Artos questions his God. Advancing through the military ranks, Artos begins to understand that his father's vision was not based on the strength of man, but on the plan of God. Further betrayal by his friends forces Artos to decide between following God's plan unto certain death or abandoning God to save his own life.Written by
Shot in four states: Michigan; Illinois; Indiana; and Missouri. A scene shot in a fifth state, Ohio, was cut during editing. See more »
Pendragon Hall contains a large stone fireplace and chimney. The earliest chimneys in the British Isles were not built until at least the end of the 12th century, a bit late for the 5th century setting of the movie. See more »
Amazing special effects and action, historical, religious idealism, but script not always tailored well to actors
Amazing special effects/explosions looked around at least 8 Million in my opinion, but they did it for 80K, so kudos. Furthermore, 2 families dreamed this up in their basement and got volunteers to build a village (and then burn it down)--amazing vision, organization, and talent. (The final sword fight was one of the longest and best choreographed I have ever seen.) As for the plot, not bad--it felt like they were headed towards political intrigue and got side-winded towards more action instead--but still, very classic though a little hard to understand all the subtleties at times.
Main actors were good, but acting suffered most because 1. script doctor needed to tailor script to actors' personalities--not actors towards script 2. people acting because they had to 3. Acting with family members is difficult, especially when you're pretending to be in love with someone you're related to, which is a little awkward. 4. confusing storyline changes midway so the complex bad guy becomes simple near the end and some of the storyline nuances were lost.
But as for the historical inaccuracies, this film was remarkably accurate on several points: Firstly the realism (not hyper-realism with gritty and dirty people in undershirts) , Secondly the religious idealism of the Dark Ages (that many modern people do not understand), Thirdly the Roman-Briton civilization confronting the Saxon barbarians, (and putting the Saxon in their native tongue).
As for the religious element, it may make movie-junkies squirm--but the religious sentiment was quite different in the Dark Ages than it is in Hollywood now, and certainly shows a healthy form of idealism rather than the typical elitism found in critics' circles. My only complaint is that there could have been more Liturgical focus as is found in Catholic/Anglican churches, but still the historical effort was appreciated.
Overall, good film for the family but slightly violent for the sensitive at heart.
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