`Eragon' is a pale imitation

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December 15, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Eragon isn't much, but its baby dragon sure is adorable.

A sword-and-sorcery saga that desperately wants to be another Lord of the Rings, Eragon succeeds in being only the palest of imitations. It lacks scope, grandeur, humanity and style. What it does have is a teen-heartthrob hero who somehow manages to keep his hair ever-so-properly tousled, regardless of whom he is fighting, plus some passable special effects and a handful of big-name stars on hand to collect a paycheck.

Eragon (Fox 2000 Pictures) Starring Edward Speleers (below), Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory. Directed by Stefen Fangmeier. Rated PG. Time 103 minutes.

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