Film / Eragon

A film adaptation of the first book in the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon, was made in 2006, starring Jeremy Irons, Ed Speelers, and John Malkovich. Like The Golden Compass, it was very loosely based on the book. A video game based off the movie was released a month in advance.

Currently there are no plans for sequels due to poor critical and commercial responses, although several petitions to remake the film have since been created.

The movie uses the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: In the book, Eragon only kills Durza with a distraction from Arya and Saphira giving him the opening to stab Durza's heart. Here, it's pretty much all him.
  • Alternate DVD Commentary: Inspired a Rifftrax.
  • And This Is For...: Eragon, after impaling Durza in the heart, shouts "That's for Brom."
  • Animal Eye Spy: Eragon gains the ability to see the world with Saphira's eyes after becoming a Rider.
  • Badass: Murtagh. He kills an attacking urgal while unarmed and in a cage, breaks free, dives right into the battle with no armor, and quickly begins cutting down urgals left and right just with whatever weapon he can get his hands on.
  • Bald of Evil: Galbatorix.
  • Big Bad: Durza.
  • Bigger Bad: Galbatorix, to Durza's Big Bad
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The Ra'zac have knives extending from their wrists.
  • Bling of War: Unlike in the books, where the Varden are portrayed as having barely enough money to finance themselves, in the movie even the lowliest soldier looks like they're trying to blind the Urgals with their collective fabulousness.
  • Dark Is Evil: As if we needed more clues, Galbatorix's dragon is jet-black.
  • Death by Adaptation: The Ra'zac. They are killed halfway through when Eragon hangs one and Brom stabs the other with Zar'roc.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: This film was the first time Galbatorix had ever physically appeared in the entire franchise. The same goes for his dragon
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Taking the Bullet/Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Brom ends up being impaled by a spear sent by Durza that was meant for Eragon and dies from the wounds.
  • Hero Killer: Durza. He poisons Arya, kills Brom, and creates a dragon made of smoke that deals grievous injuries to Saphira, which cause a Disney Death.
  • In-Name-Only: Where do we start?!
    • The Ra'zac are very different to their book counterparts. In the book they are described as tall, cloaked, pale and skeletal vulture-like creatures. In the film they look like ninjas with a maggot problem.
    • Dragons always had the "leather wings" descriptor somewhere near them in the books. Why does Saphira have feathered wings?
    • The Urgals in the Book are described as tall, large, grey-skinned Horned Humanoids. In the movie, they are pretty much Tolkien-esque Orcs with white and red skin, and have no horn.
    • In the book, Eragon and Arya are described as brown-haired and dark-haired, respectively. In the movie, both of them are blond.
    • Justified with Galbatorix: in the novels, he doesn't show up in person until the final book, which had not been published yet at the time. Then again, the fact that he shows up in the movie at all is a pretty significant difference from the book...
    • Angela bears little ressemblance to her book counterpart, being portrayed as a mystic fortuneteller rather than an eccentric Genius Ditz herbalist.
    • The characters that are dwarves or elves in the book all look completely human. Even the Urgals look like human barbarians.
  • Ironic Echo: Durza mentioned that he expected more when he first encounters Eragon. Eragon shot that phrase back at Durza shortly after impaling him midair in the heart.
  • Large Ham: Galbatorix, of the Cold Ham variety.
    • Also Robert Carlyle as Durza. Every line is delivered with a carefree demeanor, as if he knew it was all bad but had fun anyway.
  • Mythology Gag: The map of Alagaesia in Galbatorix's throne room is the exact same one included in the books.
    • The Invocation for Durza's giant shadow-monster at the climax included the line "Draumr abr sundavblaka." In the books, these words together mean "dream of shadow-flapper."
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Inexplicably, Saphira, who magically ages from an infant to a full grown adult in a matter of seconds.
  • Pursued Protagonist: How Eragon gets the egg.
  • Oh Crap!: When Sloan learns that Eragon got the "stone" (actually a Dragon Egg) in the Spine, he's shocked and hurriedly gives back the stone to Eragon, denies its sale, and states he shouldn't have brought it here. It's not clear why he does so in the film, though the book explains that his wife died in the Spine, and he's hated anything associated with it ever since.
  • Orcus on His Throne: It says a lot about Galbatorix that his appearance in this film is actually an addition to his appearances in the books.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Averted. Galbatorix mentions elves outside his empire, but it's not clear whether or not Arya is even supposed to be an elf in the movie.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Baby Saphira is adorable.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Eragon uses magic to do this with Saphira.
  • Shout-Out: Brom's "I've seen things you can't image" line is a shout-out to Blade Runner, according to the director.
  • Theme-and-Variations Soundtrack: The score by Patrick Doyle hinges a lot on one big theme.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Like in the book, Sloan the butcher ends up squealing to the Razac about Eragon's possession of the egg. Unlike the book, however, the reason he did so was heavily implied to be under the Lacerated Larry type (ie, he was tortured into giving the information).
  • Third-Person Person: Angela.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Defied during Eragon's first encounter with Durza.
    "You'll have to do better than that!"
  • Vertigo Effect: Used in a shot right before Brom examines Saphira and Saphira agrees "he does know a bit about dragons". The director refers to it as "an homage to the shot in Jaws".
  • You Have Failed Me / You Are in Command Now: Durza kills an Urgal commander who let Eragon get away, then congratulates the Urgal next to him on his promotion. The new commander doesn't look pleased.