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Exalted Movie Mondays – Dragon Wars

July 26, 2010

So, Dragon Wars or D-War, was a much more entertaining movie than I’d expected.  I was going to say it was a much better movie than I’d expected, but that’s not true.  It’s exactly as bad as I’d imagined.  The special effects are nothing to write home about, and they’re entire worlds better than the plot or the acting.  If you only like good movies, don’t see this one.

And yet, of the movies I watched over the weekend, this one has more Exalted elements than any of the others.  It has armies of an evil dragon fighting against two chosen heroes, it has Celestial Bureaucracy, and it has some of the best examples of a Dragon King army I’ve ever seen.  (It also has lizards with rocket launchers.  Go figure.)

The main plot of the movie is that once every 500 years, a lesser elemental dragon an Imoogi is chosen to become a Celestial dragon.  An evil Imoogi (who reminds me dramatically of the Ebon Dragon) tried to usurp this power, so the Celestial bureaucracy (in their infinite wisdom) hid the power to make this change inside a human.  500 years ago, this evil Imoogi made a play for it, but was thwarted when the human fell in love with her guardian, and they committed Romeo and Juliet to escape him.  The Immogi has been waiting for 500 years for his next shot, and, naturally, that’s where the movie follows.

The main characters aren’t terribly Exalted… they’re heroic mortals at best.  But the leader of the evil Imoogi’s army is some manner of magical being, as is the hero’s supporting mentor (who strikes me as a Sidereal, considering his use of resplendent destinies).  There’s very little martial arts action, but the evil Imoogi’s army does sort of lay siege to Los Angeles.  Dragons fighting helicopters and armored men riding velociraptors sort of seems Exalted to me, at least in tone.

Oh, and don’t miss out on the lizards with rocket launchers… in the year 1500.

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