There Be Dragons


Drama about the founding of the Opus Dei

Killing Fields director Roland Joffé delivers a turgid non-epic in which wooden acting, abysmal voiceover and a limp two-strand narrative exorcise any intrigue the based-on-truth story might contain.

There be treachery but no dragons in its depiction of how priest Josemaria Escriva (Charlie Cox) comes to found Opus Dei during the Spanish Civil War.

Yes, that Opus Dei, The Da Vinci Code’s sinister Catholic sect getting a sympathetic airing in Joffé’s hands, even while his film’s unholy pacing and tortured melodrama offer a new form of purgatory.

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