Reign Of Fire 2002

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(60) IMDb 6.2/10
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A London tunnelling project unearths a fire breathing creature that burns the land and feeds on the ash. Quinn (Christian Bale) and Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey) discover must put their differences aside and work together if they are to defeat the dragons to save the world.

Alexander Siddig, Izabella Scorupco
1 hour 37 minutes

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Reign Of Fire

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Rob Bowman
Starring Alexander Siddig, Izabella Scorupco
Supporting actors Gerard Butler, David Kennedy, Matthew Mcconaughey, Christian Bale
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
This had the potential to be another terrible dragon flick, but it's actually pretty good, and an all star cast deliver a film that's much better than the sum of its parts.

Christian Bale and Gerrard Butler appear alongside Matthew McConaughey and the gorgeous Isabella Scorupco, and as you'd expect the acting is solid from Bale who (as always) gives 110% in the lead role. McConaughey character is a little over the top - but hey - just go with it.

The scorched earth scenery looks great on screen and the dragons look good too. The story isn't incredible but it's solid, watchable and sets up the premise for a film with dragons in a new a interesting way. All in all the whole thing is very watchable.

I'm not going to do a huge in depth review for this. It doesn't really warrant it. All you need to know is that this film doesn't deserve to be scoffed at. It's certainly no B-movie and is actually very credible. If you found this review helpful please give it the thumbs up. Thanks :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Reign of Fire is directed by Rob Bowman and collectively written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka and Matt Greenberg. It stars Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco and Gerard Butler. Cinematography is by Adrian Biddle. Story is set in Apocalyptic England 2020, and fire breathing dragons rule the skies as mankind threatens to become extinct. But in the North a small community of humans, led by Quinn (Bale), do their best to survive. Into their lives comes Dragon Slayer, Denton Van Zan (McConaughey) and his small band of American soldiers, it upsets the equilibrium of the community, but if they can pull together? Then maybe there is hope for mankind to once again thrive.....

It's one of those films that has a reputation, or internet rating, that's difficult to pin down as to how true to form they are. Reign of Fire without a doubt has a premise that's actually better than the film ultimately is. There is scope there for a big budgeted sequel/prequel or certainly for another big summer popcorn blockbuster where dragons rule the Earth. Bowman's film, I believe, was let down badly by the publicity junket that accompanied it. The trailers promised untold delights of dragons fighting mankind, dueling with helicopters and laying siege to man at his most vulnerable. The posters suggested a sky lit up by fire as London comes under attack by a number of winged beasties, the artwork stunning in its presentation. Sadly, as those who have seen the film can attest, neither promise is met, thus expectation levels were never going to be met. So is the low internet rating, and indifferent critical opinions, calling it on its own terms?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Sep 2003
Format: DVD
Another Summer movie, another rip-off. This adheres blindly to the Bruckheimer rob-'em-blind formula - come up with a cool concept (check), a great poster (check), a cool cast (not quite, but at least Bale tries), shoot it entirely through an unattractive unnatural lens filter that bleeds out selected colours (triple check), pay yourself a []load of money and then resolutely refuse to deliver because by the time they find out that there are no dragons in the film, they'll have already handed over their cash. This flick is the Holy Grail of false advertising.
Well, there are dragons - in extreme long shot for a few frames at a time - but put end-to-end, their total footage is barely two minutes. Dragons destroy the world! So what do we see? Newspaper headlines (astonishingly, there are no dragons at all in the end-of-civilisation-as-we-know-it montage). Skydivers attack dragon! So what do we see? A lot of cranked-up shots of clouds. Dragon attacks castle! So what do we see? A couple of brief long shots before cutting to people running around in cellars while the hero rides back just in time to see it leaving. Are you detecting a pattern here?

Instead, we get a non-script with a great back story (which would have made a much better film and has some pretty decent ideas in it) shot in a grotty disinterested fashion by a director who really doesn't seem to want to make a dragon movie at all. And as for the action scenes - what action scenes? Where the money went is anybody's guess, because it sure ain't on the screen: rarely has anyone spent so much money making a movie look so cheap. And what's with the sound mix? Between the cast's mumbling and the 'atmospherics,' half the dialogue was almost completely inaudible.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PyroSikTh on 10 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
I love this film. It shows the very human struggle to survive after they've been knocked from the top of the food chain. It blends medievil mythology with a modern era breathlessly. Definately an original take on Man vs Dragon. Now to get this straight, this is a film about Humans, not about Dragons. The dragons merely supply the unique reason for the apocalypse. This is a film about the post-apocalypse, not the apocalypse. It's not about skies full of Dragons turning worldwide armed forces into ash on an epic scale. It's not about Dragons setting the world, quite literally, on fire. It's about after all that's happened.

Which is a shame this was advertised as a film about Dragons burning all life as we know it. Of course, everyone goes in expecting to see 90 minutes of Dragons destroying everything. If this had been advertised as a more human film about after these Dragons have completely wasted eveything, I really think this could've been seen as a good film. It unfortunately set expectations high in the wrong sort of viewers by a mind-blowingly epic trailer.

Christian Bale, Gerard Butler and Matthew McConaughey all deliver their role superbly, and the script isn't as bad as it's made out to be either. The effects were great and the Dragons do look pretty realistic, to the point I almost believed this was a documentary. Okay, so there are some plotholes, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to fill those in yourself. I mean, does everything have to be explained so obviously?
The only reason this film gets 4 stars and not 5 is because, being a film about human struggle, it could've done with a bit more character development. Other than that, it's a deeply entertaining, well-acted, suspenseful film.

Don't knock it before you see it for yourself.
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