YMMV / D-War

  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Apparently the destruction of Los Angeles doesn't matter if you're the reincarnation of a Korean warrior.
    • The FBI agent who had no trouble whatsoever about shooting his partner to save some random girl.
  • Anti-Climax: Ethan carries around this super important pendant that's supposed to help him save the day the entire movie and at the end it...burns the ropes the bad guys used to hold him captive. That's it. A decent Bic lighter could have done what this magic pendant does.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Several, the most glaring example being the entire Los Angeles battle, especially since it is swept under the rug ten minutes in, becomes inconsequential to the remainder of the movie (the battle does nothing to stop the Atrox Army from finding/capturing Sarah and Ethan), and only exists so that we can see U.S. soldiers fight a supernatural dragon army.
  • Cliché Storm: Just watch the beach scene with Ethan and Sarah. They are not conversing so much as spouting random romance cliches at each other before kissing.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • The battle scenes with Buraki's dinosaur-riding army and the modern army.
    • The final climactic battle between Buraki and the good Imugi, who transforms into a celestial dragon to unload whoopass.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The old lady intentionally walking into the wall after seeing Buraki's right hand man passing through it.
    • Buraki's all-powerful right hand man getting run over by a car. Twice.
    • The faces on the three army guys when the dragon comes at them out of the cave.
    • When everyone walks down the hallways of that building in a Power Walk and someone comes out of their office already holding a loaded shotgun.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The version of Arirang, the famous Korean folk song, that plays over the end credits.
  • Designated Hero: Go on, try to count how many times did the good guys try to actually help people instead of running away while letting them perish.
  • Hype Backlash: Part of the film's ravaged reception undoubtedly has to do with Hyung-Rae Shim traveling around North America before the movie came out, talking to every media outlet willing to hear him about how proud of it he was and explaining the symbolism and imagery in it, certain it was going to be the acclaimed hit he imagined it would be.
  • Idiot Plot: "Don't take the stairs, take the elevator!"
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The movie works far better if you go into it for the fights, monsters and explosions - of which there are only 30 minutes.
  • Narm: The movie.
    • Narm Charm: The Movie
    • Whenever a mook in the Atrox Army dies. They make this really squeaky "Oweeooh!" noise as they fall over.
  • Sequel Gap: A sequel has been recently announced, set for release in 2016 (9 years after the first film's).
  • So Bad, It's Good: Lots of convoluted Korean mythology, plot holes as far as the eye can see. It's unintentionally hilarious. Final battle is still awesome though.
    • As the Rifftrax points out, two people ask "What are you talking about?" in regards to the plot within the span of ten minutes. That's not a good sign...
  • Strangled by the Red String: Hell, they might as well be telling the other that they "hate the sand" or "love the water", parallels can certainly be drawn between the two couples.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A movie where an evil dragon and his supernatural army try to take over the modern world could've been interesting. Unfortunately, it is wasted on a shoehorned-in love story, random scenes that go nowhere, and characters that ultimately contribute nothing to the plot.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The biggest difference between this movie and Plan 9 from Outer Space is that it has awesome CGI.
  • What an Idiot: Anytime someone uses a gun against an Atrox soldier, they always aim at their bulletproof shields instead of...anywhere else.


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