There Be Dragons

Rated PG-13 120 minutes 2011

Ponderous, inflated, overstated Spanish Civil War potboiler displays all of director Roland Joffé’s worst tendencies to full disadvantage. In flashback, a dying Spaniard named Manolo Torres (Wes Bentley) confesses to his journalist son (Dougray Scott) his youthful crimes and misdemeanors, circa 1936, revolving around a courageous Catholic priest (Charlie Cox), a ditto Hungarian volunteer fighter (Olga Kurylenko), and a ditto leftist militia leader (Rodrigo Santoro) — all rudely disserved by the young Manolo’s selfish devotion to the Fascist cause. Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel) seemingly cannot resist bombastic “moral” spectacles like this. At least the action sequences are competent. Screenplay by Joffé. Presented in English. (120 min.)

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Director: Roland Joffé

Producer: Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, Roland Joffé and Ignacio Núñez

Cast: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Unax Ugalde, Olga Kurylenko, Pablo Lapadula, Golshifteh Farahani, Rodrigo Santoro and Derek Jacobi


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