Review – Rudra Nagam

Cast: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster, Craig Robinson
Director: Hyung-rae Shim

In a small Korean village, five hundred years ago, a girl with divine powers was born carrying the emblem of snake on its left hand shoulders. The Heavens sent the protector and his dependent Haram, to ensure that when the time came this girl should be peacefully sacrificed to the pre-determined Imuki Rudra. The protector vigorously trained Haram as a knight, to be prepared for the eventual day when the girl would be delivered to the Imuki Rudra snake. The day the evil snake, Morahi and his army destroyed girl’s village. The protector instructs Haram to take her to Imuki Rudra.

The young girl and her knight would then fulfill the giant’s serpent’s destiny by giving it the power to save the world and become a heavenly dragon. By this time, after spending several years together, Haram and the girl had fallen in love. Unable to sacrifice their love to the benevolent Imuki Rudra they jumped to their deaths together in each other’s arms. The Imuki Rudra destiny was unfulfilled and he would have to wait another five hundred years until the next girl possessing divine power appears.

It is now five hundred years later in present day Los Angeles and the quest for the the divine girl is reborn. Haram and girl have been reincarnated as Ethan Kendrick (Jason Behr) and Sarah Daniels (Amanda Brooks) whose bond of love remains un severed. Ethan is an investigative reporter for the local news. He is closely following a series of unexplainable disasters occurring in the area. When a young woman named Sarah is linked to those occurrences, Ethan remembers that an ancient man he met many years before had predicted all of these events. Ethan finds Sarah and helps her escape the wrath of Morahi and his army. Aware that Sarah must sacrifice herself in order to save the city from the Morahi and ensure that the Imuki Rudra becomes the Dragon, Ethan tries to convince Sarah that there is another way to battle the Dragons. Meanwhile, the FBI agent on the case, Frank Campbell (Robert Forster), has uncovered the Dragon intentions through his own investigations. Campbell is ready to sacrifice Sarah to the demonic animals to save Los Angeles. In the face of chaos and destruction, Ethan and Sarah must decide their own fate – whether to defy the will of heaven once again and let the city be destroyed or deliver Sarah to the Imuki Rudra.

SOUTH Korea has been trying to do a Hollywood for long. This time, it comes a bit close, especially in terms of special effects. Prolonged shots a giant monster slithering across the landscape of Los Angeles, guzzling cars, buildings and humans isn’t quite Jurassic Park, Godzilla or King Kong. Nevertheless, it isn’t tacky at all and does manage to make you slide back in your seats a bit to avoid the snaky-tongued serpent lunging across the screen.

If you are under 13 or above 13 and pretty intoxicated, you’ll enjoy D-war. If you are a seriously dedicated fan of all kinds of brainless action films, you’ll enjoy D-war.

Verdict : Kids Feast

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