After witnessing the brutal murder of his powerful father King Solomon of the Netherlands, a young heir to the throne begins preparation for his ultimate revenge in director Uli Edel's medivel tale of might and magic. An allied royal court has granted refuge to young Siegfried following the tragic death of his father, and in the following years Siegfried trains to become a formidable warrior as his magical mother Hjordis watches over him with a loving eye. When Siegfried acquires a magical sword said to have been forged from a fallen star, he sets out to slay the fearsome dragon Fafnir and lay claim to the gold that the horrid beast had stolen from the mythical Nibelungs. His victory over the dragon affording him the opportunity to bathe in its blood and achieve invincibility, Siegfried's glory is quickly tarnished when the Nibelungs reappear and demand the return of their treasure. Though Siegfried eventually agrees to bestow the Nibelungs the majority of the treasure, his unwise decision to retain the cursed ring that forms the very core of the valuable booty ensures that he will never experience true love for as long as it remains in his possession. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This movie is one rip-roaring adventure. Everything about it is first rate: Uri Edel's direction, the writing, cinematography, soundtrack, the actors (Kristanna Loken can also be seen in "BloodRayne"), special effects, and the choreography are just right. The story is what you probably hoped for by selecting this title - a legendary love story with great fight scenes and a believable dragon. This is a family movie (read that as "not made in Hollywood") so don't expect a gay agenda, nudity, gratuitous sex, foul language, offensive music, offensive subject matter (again, read that as "not made in Hollywood"). So, move over Hollywood, there are other filmmakers out there who are doing what you USED to do so well. This movie is worth a rental and a purchase.
Seriously, I don't know what possessed me to watch this entire movie from start to finish. The story had potential, but awkward dialog and horrible acting on most fronts made it a painful experience. Also, I don't know whether to chalk it up to poor editing or poor writing, but the story, falling miles short of its potential, was choppy and scattered and left me wanting the last two hours of my life back.