There Be Dragons

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: +2

Wes Bentley, Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Chaplin. War/drama. Written & directed by Roland Jaffe.

The dramatic early life story of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei (“God’s Work”), the well known and controversial personal prelature of the Catholic Church, comes to DVD on January 10th.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The film tells the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott), who visits Spain to research a book about Josemaría Escrivá (Charlie Cox), the controversial founder of Opus Dei. But Robert hits a wall, both professionally and personally, when his most promising source—his own father, Manolo Torres (Wes Bentley), turns out to be his least cooperative one. Robert begins to unearth his father’s toxic secrets when he learns that Manolo was not only born in the same Spanish town as Josemaría, but that they were childhood friends and attended the same seminary. The two men take radically different paths in life, with Josemaría dedicating his life to his faith while Manolo is swept into the brutal and tumultuous Spanish Civil War.  Manolo descends into a dangerous and jealous obsession when the beautiful Hungarian revolutionary Ildiko (Olga Kurylenko) doesn’t return his affections and instead gives herself to the courageous military leader Oriol (Rodrigo Santoro). As Robert continues to unearth the secrets of Josemaría’s life and Manolo’s mysterious anger, their overlapping journeys are revealed with the truths and sorrows of their past choices, which compels Manolo to confront his own secret with one last opportunity of forgiveness.

Academy Award®-winner Eugenio Zanetti (Restoration, What Dreams May Come) is the art director, Academy Award®-winner Yvonne Blake (What Dreams May Come) is the costume designer, Academy Award®-winner Michele Burke (Quest for Fire, Dracula) is the makeup designer and Academy Award®-nominee Richard Nord (The Fugitive) is the editor. The director of photography is Gabriel Beristain (Caravaggio) and the film’s producers are Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, Roland Joffé and Ignacio Núñez.

PREVIEW REVIEW: A touching epic-story about war, love, the destructiveness of envy, and the self-healing of forgiveness, There Be Dragons is a rewarding film-going experience. Along with its penetrating dialogue and dynamic performances, the production elements are all first rate, working together to set a mood, stir the pacing and add to the atmosphere. What’s more, it’s a film that presents a character who truly follows Bible teachings, a man who can honestly be called a man of God. At one point this priest begins a prayer for a dying elderly man. The old man says he is Jewish, to which the minister says, “The love of my life is Jewish.” He’s an example of someone who takes his vows seriously, understanding the power of forgiveness and self-sacrifice, both well demonstrated in the film.

The DVD is distributed by Fox Home Entertainment. Special Features: - Facing Your Dragons: Inspiring Testimony from Wes Bentley - Deleted Scenes

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor:
Fox Home Entertainment

Summary
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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Six or so minor expletives, but no harsh language.

Profanity: None

Violence: The film has war as its background setting, so we do see battle scenes, explosions and people dying or killed; a helpless man is shot to death; another commits suicide – off camera rather than kill his true love; a couple of fight scenes; the action, while violent, maintains a PG-13 rating, never becoming too excessive; that said, the action may be too intense for little ones and the material over their heads. Blood: Some blood is seen by wounded and dead bodies.

Sex: It is implied that a couple has had sex, but we do not see any graphic sexual situations.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Brief drinking

Other: None

Running Time: 122 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature teens and adults


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