4.5 Good Special Effects Grahame5373 | 18/02/2011 | See all Grahame5373's reviews (282) The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy-adventure film, it stars Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Sam Elliot, Ian McKellen, Ben Walker and Freddie Highmore.The story centers around the adventures of Lyra Belacqua, an orphan living in a parallel universe on a world that looks much like our own. In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.Lyra's greatest adventure begins the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust- found only in the vast Artic expanse of the North that is rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes.But there are those who fear the particle and will stop at nothing to destroy it. Lyra is forced to seek aid from clans, gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she has not the faintest clue that she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.The film has wonderful special effects, with a good beginging and middle, but like the other reviewers I can only agree that the end is poor.