By Leah Rozen
December 18, 2000 12:00 PM

Justin Whalin, Zoe McLellan, Marlon Wayans, Jeremy Irons

Irons, playing the ranting villain of this adventure film based on the fantasy game of the same name, seems to be under the impression that he’s portraying Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. He shrieks and wails against the fates and, when that doesn’t work, he yells louder, as if raising the volume could improve such lines as, “I must have that Rod of Savrille.”

Of interest solely to hard-core D&D fans, the film features a bland teen cast battling Irons’s wicked politician and his henchmen for possession of a magic staff that allows its holder to command flocks of dragons. Fie on all of ’em. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Throw away the keys

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