Well, Im gonna dissent and say that this flick left me scratching my head and wondering what all the fuss was about. Lemme see....
There was like 10 minutes of fantasy stuff... where was the rest? Just like Bridge to Terabithia, the packaging and advertising had me thinking this would be totally different than it was. The B-grade horror movie violence was gratuitous and didnt add anything. It was actually silly. I mean....yeah, we get it, the general was mean. How much more heavy-handed can you get? They could have flashed a big sign on the screen that said "General is a bad guy" and it would been more subtle. I thought I was watching Hostel Part 3. Eli Roth has to be involved in this flick....no???
The story wasnt very original. It was like Chronicles of Narnia: The Torture Porn Edition. Kid meets a faun to escape bad war-time stuff. Kid has a few tasks to do. Stuff happens, etc, etc, etc.
Oh well, my loss I guess.... this just seemed like a fetish-enhanced torture fest.