When I first heard the title of this movie, I assumed it was an action movie about pirate fighting dragons. “There be dragons off the starboard bow,” says the weird, slightly gay swashbuckling captain. “Don’t fire ’til you see the reds of their eyes.” However, that is definitely not the case. It’s actually a serious war drama by a two-time Oscar nominated director Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields), so I can only assume there will be no 3D firebreathing or 3D cannonballs in this film.
Here’s what there will be: a journalist played by Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) investigates a story in Spain, but ends up uncovering the “toxic secrets” of his own father, played by Wes Bentley (American Beauty). The full synopsis:
Starring Charlie Cox (STARDUST), Wes Bentley (AMERICAN BEAUTY), Olga Kurylenko (QUANTUM OF SOLACE), Emmy Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi (GLADIATOR),Dougray Scott (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II) and Rodrigo Santoro (300), THERE BE DRAGONS tells the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott), who visits Spain to research a book about Josemaría Escrivá (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 (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.
Honestly, I found the trailer confusing, even after watching it twice, and the plot-thick synopsis doesn’t ring much clearer for me. Top this off with a grammatically odd title that gives “Think Different” a run for its money, and I’m left with a lot more questions than answers. I hope Dougray Scott can figure out what exactly is going on in this movie. Everyone kept saying the name “Josemaria” a lot, so that’s gotta be his first big clue. (Collider)