Dragons, dwarves, underground caves – for any fantasy-movie addict, such a classically intriguing combination almost always promises a heady thrill ride. Chris Rainey’s Dragon Mountain is no different. The feature film follows the plight of three dwarf miners who embark on a suspenseful race for their lives after the mountain they are working in collapses. The intensity builds as the group battles circumstantial threats, like dwindling supplies and diminishing oxygen, and climaxes as they are hunted down by a creature buried with them.
Dragon Mountain interlaces an extraordinarily fascinating narrative with an irresistible cast. Set to a thrilling soundtrack that pitches you right into the mountain’s catacombs alongside the dwarves you learn to root for, director/writer Rainey masterfully produces a Lord of the Rings meets 127 Hours lovechild. Embellished with intricately complex characters, Dragon Mountain oh so ironically flourishes in delivering an enthusiastic storyline of human potential, an angle which countless films mistakenly neglect. Thanks to an epic plot with superb scope, this steampunk fantasy absorbs you from the get-go; making you gasp, shout, chuckle, and cringe in all the right places.
“…three dwarf miners who embark on a suspenseful race for their lives after the mountain they are working in collapses.”
There’s an element of surprise laced into the feature that is something only a member of the audience can cherish. Slow to win the viewer over, there exists an impossibly dominant sense of dubiousness that permeates the first couple of scenes. As we watch the protagonists get ahold of their bearings and dire situation, a fleeting thought appears – is this movie set in dingy caves worth watching through to the end? The answer to that arrives soon after, as a fully-realized story rises from the depths of the mountain surrounding them. It is infinitely worth it, something that is proven the further the team of dwarves descends into their surroundings and the more your anticipation for what’s next grows.