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D-War Dragon Wars

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Source: Catholic News Service

Hilariously silly but never dull throwback to the old Godzilla movies, with a Los Angeles reporter (Jason Behr) protecting a young woman (Amanda Brooks) whose life-force is sought by a good giant serpent and a bad giant serpent. Writer-director Hyung-rae Shim gives undiscriminating young teens and tongue-in-cheek genre fans some terrifically choreographed battle scenes between the U.S. military and dinosaur-sized armadillo-thingies, raptors with wings, and a mystical mean guy in a black-leather trench coat and short white hair who occasionally morphs into what looks like a medieval Darth Vader. A couple of instances of crude language and some crass language, one background-dialog instance of mild sexual innuendo, much bloodless medieval and modern-day warfare, numerous explosions, crashed and crushed vehicles with unseen occupants, a leap from a cliff into the sea, and a woman who is chomped by a giant serpent and tossed away. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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