Dragon Wars (aka: D-War, 2007) - this
epic Korean fantasy movie features lots of rotary action but most of the scenes are CGI candy. Black Hawks drop SWAT troops at the sea cave hideout of a monstrous
snake. There's a Los Angeles' TV-news copter (a Bell 206B JetRanger II) on the helipad of the downtown 'Liberty Tower', where the gigantic snake appears, grabs the
helicopter in its jaws, and stops our heroes from escaping. When the airborne chopper's passengers jump back down to the rooftop, the monster hurls the JetRanger
all the way to the ground where it explodes in the street.
Next, a squadron of Apache gunships attack the snake, and shoot it down from its perch coiled around the building, but one helicopter is chewed up and then crashes,
and another Apache gets hit by debris from a smashed billboard when several dragons arrive to engage the military helicopters in aerial combat.
A third Apache is downed by dragon bites. A flying dragon latches onto a fourth gunship, causing
it to veer off course and crash into the side of a building. Yet another helicopter is destroyed
in a sudden midair collision with a dragon, and burning wreckage litters the streets, as the battle
between helicopters and dragons continues...
This film has lots of cheap visual effects work - but, as a comicbook styled adventure, partly influenced by Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars, it's
quite good fun, overall. Remember that poster artwork for Reign Of Fire, showing Apaches fighting dragons? Well, this adventure
features action scenes of what that movie failed to show!