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Reign of Fire
After much of the world has been scarred by a dragon and its offspring, a London fire chief is responsible for warding off the beasts and keeping a small community alive as they eke out a meager...  View more >

Starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco...  View more >

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Jul 13, 2002
I rate this as good only because it would be better seen on the big screen. The dragons lacked any character, and Van Zoult is about a one dimensional as you can get.

If you don't expect a great movie you will be entertained. With the effects they have out today, the dragons should have looked better than the flying monkeys in the Wizered of OZ. I'll bet this movie came in under budget.
Jul 14, 2002
Nothing here that hasn't been done better before. And the English accents were tough to understand.
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Jul 23, 2002
As you can tell from my chosen name for myself I love dragons. though I can not out right recommend this movie for everyone, lilo and stitch is for everyone.

Reign of Fire then should be said is for those freakish people that LOVE Dragons! Dude, I can not tell you in a few words the breath taking story of this fantasy! I loved it, excetp for all (2) of the evolutinary comments (I am a chritian, nuf said) I LOVED THIS MOVIE!! Dude! I wish I could tell you all that I love in this movie, but this is only a review... so, if you are someone that likes to sit in the closest possible seat to immerse yourself in the movie. Go! see the movie in the theaters before its done running its course!
Jul 24, 2002
The world of dragons has rarely been explored in feature-length films and hasn't seen a dragon film released since Dragonheart which was greeted with limited appeal. Now Touchstone Pictures (Disney) teams up again with Spyglass Entertainment to try a script that has never been tried before with the subject of dragons. Add on to speculation if the film will work, Disney lets Bowman helm the project who has had very little feature-length film experience and starring very low-profile actors. Will the plan work and make Reign of Fire a sleeper hit?

Note: The CGI effects of Reign of Fire were created by Secret Lab (a.k.a. Dream Quest Images) but unfortunately due to the lack of success of DINOSAUR, Disney shut them down. This is one of the last special effects created by them for Disney.

The story goes that while digging a tunnel under the streets of London, construction workers awaken a beast that has hidden itself for hundreds of years. Like they did during the time of the dinosaurs, the dragons destroy every city around the world and world leaders destroy the rest of the planet by firing nukes to kill the creatures but fail.

Now a rogue American comes to the spot where Quinn, the boy who survived the original attack of the dragon, is protecting a group of survivors. They want to head to London to kill the male dragon and therefore wiping out the species before humanity is wiped out.

The story flows pretty good though it does slow down in parts. The action sequences are the best that have ever been seen in a film featuring dragons. The story though does feel like it plays too much by the book but it does a fairly good job.

Christian Bale does a very good job as Quinn. His characters is constantly changing emotions through out the film. Quinn has to be surrounded by fear and death almost in every scene and Bale does a great job of bringing that out of him. McConaughey plays the tough-love American down pat even down to the gruff southern accent. He is the action in the film and you have to give him credit just for shaving off his head just for this role. Scorupo is okay but her character is much more confident and not feeling corny while she is up in the air in the helicopter then on the ground.

Overall, Reign of Fire is a good popcorn film but not a spectacular film. I hate to even say that it is not even better the the sequel to Men In Black that is still out in theaters. Men In Black 2 at least made me laugh but Reign of Fire was just way too dark and had moments of laughter but not much. Plus the story plays too much by the book that it feels pushed just a bit.

I wont give anything away but it feels sort of idiotic and a waste of Matthew McConaughey's character. Other then that Reign of Fire does a good job based on its action sequences and is considered another good summer popcorn flick.

My Rating: *** 1/2 out of 5
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Jul 26, 2002
I really enjoyed it!

Dont read too much into the details (where did the Americans get there gas or ammo?). Just sit back and enjoy the action. I loved the Star Wars story that Bale was telling the kids. Great fun.

The dragons were excellent. I think the effects were great. This movie is 100 times better than Dungeons and Dragons that came out last year.

Not the best movie in the world, but worth seeing. I'll probably buy the DVD.

4 out of 5 stars.
Apr 23, 2009
Another film about the gloomy future. This time in the future, the dragons dominated the world. That could be an intresting subject for this movie, but it's not. the humans aren't that intresting. I like the dragons better thanthe humans in this movie. The film has smoke but no fire.

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