There Be Dragons (2011)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, War

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Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.




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  • Olga Kurylenko in There Be Dragons (2011)
  • Charlie Cox in There Be Dragons (2011)
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  • Olga Kurylenko in There Be Dragons (2011)
  • Dougray Scott in There Be Dragons (2011)

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25 March 2011 | sgbolzan
Waiting on a film
The problem with this film at IMDb is to know the real and final score. Right now is eight (8). 119 users of 147 voted ten (10), 14 voted nine (9), 6 voted eight (8). The others users voted lower than six (6). Well, or this is a spectacular film or we have a problem here. This score seems to me a little unreal and unbelievably.

Knowing Opus Dei since 1980, I think these 119 users are probably Opus Dei voters only and want to keep the score so higher as possible.

Why does this matter? Because a score should be representative and product of neutral or spontaneous voting. Well, I can barely believe this is the case. Let's see what happen in the next months.

And what about the film? Well, if somebody wants to know about Escriva and his Opus Dei, this film does not tell too much.

This is a very light film without any real information and questions like: How Opus Dei as organization was actually built since 1928? Why Opus Dei is in a very deep internal crisis since ten or fifteen years ago? Why a lot of people are leaving Opus Dei in the last years (in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, etc.)? Why is not so easy to leave Opus Dei? Yes, it is not easy but a lot of people fight for. Is it true that Escrivá declared whoever leaves Opus Dei will suffer a lot in this life and his eternal salvation will be in danger? Why so many celibate members suffer from depression? Is it possible that Opus Dei psychiatrists do not keep the professional secrecy and inform to Opus Dei superiors if a member talks about leaving Opus Dei? Yeah, that is a tough question to be made. How is possible that Escrivá became saint mainly because the testimony of his confessor? Why celibate members have to make a will (pro Opus Dei) like monks do before the perpetual incorporation? Why celibate members have to give their salary away like some monks do? Why lay members have to request a pardon of departure (dispense) to leave Opus Dei (like monks do) only need in the case of sacred vows? Is that because without knowing they really are bounded by some kind of sacred vows? Why lay persons have obligations - without knowing and without consent- that the Code of Canon Law established only for a consecrated life? Is there any kind of deception in all of this?

After these questions, you know a serious film about Opus Dei and Escrivá is waiting to be made.

I am not going to vote. I rather write this brief review.

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Release Date:

25 March 2011



Country of Origin

Spain, USA, Argentina

Filming Locations

Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$705,537 8 May 2011

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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