Dragons have not always had it easy in film history. If we think back to » Dungeons & Dragons » or » Eragon — The Legacy of the Dragon Riders «, then it becomes apparent that the fire-breathing mythical creatures are not necessarily the epitome of impressive fantasy cinema.
One of the positive exceptions is » Dragonheart «, whose already fourth (!) sequel » Dragonheart 5: Retaliation » can be seen on Nitro today, April 13 at 11 p.m. Yes, the charming adventure film from «The Fast and the Furious» maker Rob Cohen with Dennis Quaid as Knight Bowen and Sean Connery as Dragon Draco not only thrilled many fantasy fans, but also laid the foundation for a franchise that is about 20 years later still very popular.
«Dragonheart» and the return to classic fantasy entertainment
In a way, 1996’s Dragonheart was to fantasy cinema what 2000’s Gladiator was to epic cinema — a revival of a genre that had fallen out of favor. Equipped with its own mythology, strong (and even Oscar-nominated) effects and a good cast, «Dragonheart» knew how to convince as an atmospheric adventure.
However, at the beginning no one would have expected that this film would eventually become a series that now has 5 entries. But it also has to be said that » Dragonheart — A New Beginning «, » Dragonheart 3: The Druid’s Curse «, » Dragonheart 4: The Power of Fire » and also «Dragonheart 5: Retribution» are much smaller and therefore have not received a theatrical release either.
The FILMSTARTS review of «Dragonheart 5 — The Vengeance»
The successors can hardly speak of the quality of the first product anyway. But if you are enthusiastic about dragons, you will of course always get your money’s worth with the «Dragonheart» franchise — and that for a small dollar (the Blu-ray box with all five films is currently available for around 22 euros).
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The female dragon Siveth is spoken in «Dragonheart 5» by Helena Bonham Carter , who probably everyone knows as Bellatrix Lestrange from the «Harry Potter» films and from numerous fantasy fairy tales such as » Alice in Wonderland » and » Big Fish » by Tim Burton . The actress continues a colorful tradition in the Dragonheart series, which has always relied on top-notch dragon voice actors : previously enlisting the services of the aforementioned Sean Connery, Robby Benson (Part 2), Ben Kingsley (Part 3 ) and Patrick Stewart (Part 4).
Siveth (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter) is no joke…
This is what Dragonheart 5: The Vengeance is all about
The family of young farmer Lukas ( Jack Kane ) was killed in cold blood by wild robbers in the countryside. Now the young man is thirsty for revenge. As a result, together with the thief Darius ( Joseph Millson ) and the majestic dragon Siveth, he forms an unlikely trio – who soon not only track down the robbers who have the lives of Lukas’ family on their conscience. A major conspiracy also seems to be going on in the kingdom. But the three companions will quickly realize that revenge is not the right way…
Dragonheart 5: Vengeance Trailer OV