Reign Of Fire (2002)

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Rob Bowman Rob Bowman
Christian Bale Christian Bale
Matthew McConaughey Matthew McConaughey
Izabella Scorupco Izabella Scorupco
Gerard Butler Gerard Butler
Scott Moutter Scott Moutter

5.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres / Traits: Action, Creature Film, Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Sci-Fi Action, Sci-Fi Disaster Film, Dragons, Post Apocalyptic
In post-apocalyptic England, an American volunteer and a British survivor team up to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons seeking to return to global dominance after centuries of rest underground. The Brit -- leading a clan of survivors to hunt down the King of the Dragons -- has much at stake: His mother was killed by a dragon, but his love is still alive. --TMDb
Review by Chad
Added: March 13, 2004
As a child, Quinn was with his parents in a mining expedition. They found a cave down under the earth, and upon investigation, a dragon was found in there. His parents are killed, and we cut-scene to a grown version of Quinn. Some backstory is shown, explaining that one dragon killed some people, then it gave birth to more dragons, more destruction, more births, more destruction, ad nauseum. The government attempts to kill them with nuclear warheads, failing miserably. Eventually, most of the people on earth are dead. Quinn has put together a bit of a fortress with some other survivors, and they're attempting to wait out the dragons, who are slowly starving to death. Denton and his gang of dragon-slayers show up to the fortress, and explain how they're taking more direct action to kill off the dragons. Fun times ensue.

This was, suprisingly enough, a pretty decent movie. I enjoyed how they didn't portray the dragons as being overly weak, but quite dangerous and hard to kill. That shocked me, as the trailers and box made it out to have millions of dragons killed. Not so. There was absolutely zilch for blood and gore where there should have been, which disappointed me; I suppose they wanted that PG-13 rating pretty badly. The special effects used for the dragon and torching scenes were done very nicely, however. The dragon looked quite realistic, or however realistic a dragon can look.

One thing that particularly bugged me, and this may just be me... but almost everyone had a heavy accent, be it British, Irish, or just some good ol' slurred speech. There were quite a few scenes where I had to rewind to try to figure out what the hell was being said, as it was hard to decipher the first time through. Again, maybe I just suck with accents, but it was definitely annoying.

The storyline was pretty simple though, I summed up most of it in my first paragraph. There were a few twists and such, but not many. One, however, was pretty lame... that being the grand revelation on how to wipe out all of the dragons, which I won't discuss, but I found that to be an easy way to wrap the movie up. For shame.

Summing it all up, I'd go with a 5/10. Entertaining movie, nice special effects, but nothing really special.
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Ross #1: Ross - added 08/07/2004, 04:03 AM
I found this movie in a dumpster behind Blockbuster. Look in dumpsters... especially behind Blockbuster.. cause they throw a lot of shit out... erm... yeah. Anyway, I thought the movie was kind of boring.. aside for the parts that actually involved dragons. The special effects and "fight" scenes were decent.
Optimus Prime #2: Optimus Prime - added 12/27/2004, 08:27 PM
I thought some of the parts were cool and it had good effects. But there was that one part where that bald guy jumped off that tower to try and kill the dragon, but the dragon just like ate him and that guy had huge balls i bet for doing that and he was a hardass. That ruined the movie for me right there. Overall it was alright.
. #3: . - added 09/13/2005, 09:01 PM
Not a bad film, could've been somewhat better though.
effin #4: effin - added 12/29/2007, 07:34 PM
Its not every day you get to see the american psyco get in a fist fight vs leather face. Movie was horible. 1/10
Rik #5: Rik - added 07/03/2008, 11:40 AM
Urm... yeah it was a waste of good cinema funds.
Lucid Dreams #6: Lucid Dreams - added 02/22/2010, 01:56 PM
It was OK, like Chad said nothing special. If I watched it today though I would hate it because I have this growing hate for Matthew McConaughey now. 5/10
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