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Review: ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ is a thrilling action adventure

“Dungeons & Dragos: Honor Among Thieves,” starring Chris Pine, is a high-octane heist action adventure.

Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez in 'Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves'
Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez in 'Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.' Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and eOne.
Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez in 'Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.' Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and eOne.

“Dungeons & Dragos: Honor Among Thieves,” starring Chris Pine, is a high-octane heist action adventure.

Aside from Chris Pine, the all-star cast includes Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head, and Hugh Grant.

The movie was directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, both of which also co-wrote the screenplay along with Michael Gilio.

The synopsis is: A charming thief, Edgin (Chris Pine) and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.  

Chris Pine’s Edgin had exceptional chemistry with Michelle Rodriguez’ character, Holga, which allowed more resonance. Pine’s performance was witty and emotional, thus running the gamut. The visually striking cinematography complimented its solid screenplay, which was rich in character development. Its twist and turns are shocking yet clever. The CGI in the film serves the overall effect.

“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” fuses the rich world and playful spirit of the iconic roleplaying game to the silver screen in one hysterical and riveting adventure.

The fight sequences were expertly choreographed, and compliments to the creators for their solid artistic vision. This film contains elements of “Game of Thrones” meets “Gladiator” coupled with the atmospherics of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which is sheer bliss.

With “Dungeons & Dragos,” filmmakers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are able to create a whimsical world of fantasy, mystery, action, and suspense. Hopefully, this is a start of its own franchise.

Young actress Chloe Coleman, who plays Kira, Edgin’s daughter, gave the film its beating heart. It is was a pleasant surprise to see Hugh Grant as the nefarious Forge, which is unlike anything he has ever played before. It was also neat to see Justice Smith’s growth and maturity as Simon over the course of the film as an aspiring sorcerer.

The Verdict

“Dungeons & Dragos: Honor Among Thieves” was a high-adrenaline and thrilling ride.

The ensemble of actors soared in their roles: Michelle Rodriguez is a bold and badass female heroine, while Regé-Jean Page was a revelation as Xenk Yendar, the mighty paladin, who steals every scene he is in. Sophia Lillis is fabulous as the vivacious Doric.

Daisy Head controlled her character Sofina well, displaying her vindictive and manipulative side. Everybody on the cast leaves the audience yearning for more.

This is a nonstop action movie that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats, and it deserves to be watched in theaters. Finally, the cameos from surprise guest actors was an added treat. It garners an A- rating.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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