Reign of Fire

2002

Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Thriller

147
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 116778

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Christian Bale as Quinn Abercromby
Matthew McConaughey as Denton Van Zan
Gerard Butler as Creedy
Izabella Scorupco as Alex Jensen
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kurthlt 8 / 10

Better than You'd Expect

Because of the B movie storyline--helicopters and tanks vs. dragons--many people will dismiss this movie out of hand. "Special effects-laden drivel," they'll say. They miss the fact that this movie is actually very well crafted. It's a decent script, with some good lines and clever little additions like Quinn's serial play based on Star Wars to entertain the children before bed.

The acting is well above average all around; Christian Bale and Gerard Butler are particular stand-outs. The story is more emotional than you'd expect, which makes the action sequences more gripping. The fist fight between Quinn and Van Zan is particularly brutal and engaging. The cinematography is quite good, but that's what you'd expect when you're filling the screen with dragons. And of course the special effects are incredible. The dragons are much better than Dragonheart or Harry Potter.

The music is well integrated--nothing over-the-top or grandiose, like Lord of the Rings, for example. It sets the tone well without being overbearing.

All in all, it's a well crafted movie, a labor of love by director Rob Bowman. While the plot isn't for everyone, the emotional impact and superior acting help Reign of Fire stand out among action and sci fi films.

Reviewed by Frederick 10 / 10

A very underrated film that deserves to be seen

Caught this on DVD recently and was happily surprised. It's a 'post-apocalypse' story where mankind is reduced to living an almost stone-age existence by a global disaster, but this time the apocalypse is brought about not by nuclear weapons but a race of dragons unleashed from the depths of the earth by over-ambitious mining! OK, it's a pretty silly concept, but the whole thing is handled with panache. Director Rob (X-Files) Bowman is obviously at home with this kind of subject matter and the visuals are excellent thanks to cinematographer Adrian Biddel, a dab hand at photographing the impossible thanks to his work on the two Mummy films and The World Is Not Enough. Critics here in the UK panned it when it came out, saying that it needed more special effects, but they completely missed out on the charm of the film, which was in the ingenious ways that it showed the human race had been changed by the onset of the dragons. I loved the scene where Quinn and his sidekick, having to entertain a castle full of children without the benefit of TV or video games, enact a scene from Star Wars, providing both dialogue and narration as they go.

Don't listen to the critics, this is definitely worth a look.

Reviewed by Alyssa Black (Aly200) 5 / 10

A Hot Mess, but relatively entertaining

One would think that a film about mercenaries fighting dragons in a dystopian England would be a sure-fire (no pun intended) hit. Alas Rob Bowman's film was not such a success despite the star power names involved and an interesting premise.

The plot briefly: In 2020 Northumberland, England, a group of U.K. mercenaries led by the cautious Quinn, battle the terrifying dragons who are slowly wiping the world's population out when a group of American mercenaries led by the mysterious (and possibly deranged) Van Zan arrive and cause the conflict to collide head-on.

Leading the rag-tag groups are the normally reliable talents of Christian Bale as Quinn and Matthew McConaughey as Van Zan. Bale does properly imbue Quinn with a sense of vulnerability and fear of the monstrous dragons due to the character's trauma of his mother's death when he was young. This gives Quinn a bit of a hatred for the creatures, but neither the script nor Bale actually taps into that vein leaving his motivation for protecting his group as he just wants to survive; a normal dystopian movie cliché. Meanwhile his American co-star brings a animalistic and deep-seated hatred for the beasts he is hunting. McConaughey is virtually unrecognizable as Van Zan with a beefed-up muscular physique, shaved head, beard and overly husky voice that masks the actor's trademark Texan accent. However like Quinn, the script never really delves into Van Zan's past or explain his full motive (other than he despises the destructive dragons for killing his fellow soldiers when they hunt them) and the actor must work with what he is given. The tension between Van Zan and Quinn is mostly believable as the American mercenaries' presence disrupts the tenuous harmony of Quinn's castle refugees which leads to a fierce fight between Quinn and Van Zan before they reluctantly truce to fight the climactic battle against the bull dragon.

The film's script is a basic dystopian story of survivors trying to navigate the wasteland in which they live while making sure to have some mystical creatures to create conflict. However the film squanders the use of the dragons by just throwing one or two in at an odd time and having the heroes win far too easily; an exception would be the spectacle of how Van Zan and his team attack an invading dragon shortly after arriving at Quinn's castle. The visuals are adequate with the dragons looking realistic enough and the fire effects are basic like many films that feature the natural disaster. But with a lack of real depth to the story, there is not much emotional investment for the characters or the narrative itself.

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