Reign of Fire


Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 114960


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August 25, 2011 at 07:01 PM



Christian Bale as Quinn Abercromby
Matthew McConaughey as Denton Van Zan
Gerard Butler as Creedy
Izabella Scorupco as Alex Jensen
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450.84 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 8 / 34

Movie Reviews

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.

Reviewed by Adam Moore 1 / 10

Probably my least favorite movie

I was enticed into this movie by its premise of "Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey fight dragons," a premise that the movie mildly delivers on, but I still ended up hating it by the end. Before writing this, I browsed through some of the other reviews to see what others were saying, with plenty calling this an disregarded classic and some noting the nitpick criticisms of others like tank fuel and well-fed children. I'm sorry to be raining on your collective parades-if you like a movie, you like a movie-but my criticisms also stretch a lot further beyond small plot holes.

One point for me is the movie hypes itself up too much over things that it thinks are really cool, but are either actually really dumb or subverted in the end. There's no better scene exemplifying this than the first scene we see McConaughey arrive at Bale's settlement, when they show these soldiers standing by a helicopter, looking mean. A character points out to another that they have an average life span of seventeen seconds and their tasked with jumping out of the helicopter to throw a net behind them to bring down a dragon. Sure, desperate times call for desperate measures, but the way the character, and by proxy the movie, talk about these guys, it's like they're supposed to be really cool and admired for that. Why would you ever brag about having an average lifespan of seventeen seconds? it doesn't sound epic or brave, it sounds suicidal when you put it like that. That's how this movie's approach to "coolness" feels; either plain stupid or poorly executed.

But that's not as bad to me as the clichéd, unlikable characters. Now I understand the movie took a more serious approach than most would take with this concept, going for a more grim depiction of a post- apocalypse brought on by dragons, but the characters focused on here are both predictable and illogical at the same time. Bale and McConaughey's characters are at odds with each other almost the entire movie, with the movie painting Bale as the sympathetic hero-type, and McConaughey as the ignorant soldier. The issues for each character are Bale is always, always right, yet refuses any credit and is always fought against, and McConaughey acts overtly alpha with others while bemoaning them for his own mistakes. Sure I can see some realism in these character traits, but they're hardly compelling and only make these characters feel punchable.

And yet none of that would really matter if this movie felt nearly as exciting as promised, but it all feels so bland. The CGI and other effects are well-done for the time, but the overall imagery felt uninspired, with everything being some shade of brown and rubble, and all the characters wearing the usual tattered clothes of any post-apocalypse. I know not every post-apocalyptic movie can be The Road Warrior. It could still have tried something different from the usual with its imagery, something to maybe make it more memorable. The action bored me too, even as a b-movie or a "turn your brain off" deal, it couldn't keep me interested. The movie at least feels like a quick sitting, but that certainly doesn't help it be more interesting.

I know there are certainly worse movies out there, ones more deserving of bile and criticism, but those movies also have that much going for them. Reign of Fire sits in this spot for me where it's not a great movie, but it's not an awful movie either; it's this level-headed bad quality that's unexciting to talk or think about, which is so much worse.

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