Reign of Fire

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Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale battle terrifying beasts — and each other — in REIGN OF FIRE on Blu-ray Disc(R). Packed with action, this thrilling adventure is hotter than ever in this explosive new format! All hell breaks loose when an unearthly creature is awakened after centuries of slumber. Twenty years later, “fire chief” Quinn (Bale) tries to keep a group of refugees alive with ferocious dragons dominating the air and burning the land. But tempers also flare… More >>

Reign of Fire

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  1. This was a bad movie made worse by the fact that I was actually excited about it before it came out. I’m a big fan of dragons and the ones shown in the “behind the scenes” show that preceeded the movies release really had me looking forward to seeing it. Seeing this in the theater was like a kick in the teeth with a steel toed boot – although the dragons DID look good, the story was terrible (both in its concept and presentation) and the acting was, by far, the worst I’ve seen out of professional actors in a movie that was not made for TV. I watched the whole movie with a glimmer of hope, which was definitely extinguished when the credits started rolling by. This is now how I refer to any movie that I think is terrible (i.e. – “That’s almost as bad as ‘Reign of Fire’!). If you’re expecting crap and only want some mindless action to play in the background, it might be passable, but if you have any expectations beyone total [explative], then avoid this atrocity like the plague. As for seeing it in 1080i – a piece of trash in any resolution is still trash!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Reign of Fire is a film that got off to a great start and immediately fizzled thereafter. The film quite simply is about a dormant race of dragons who are awakened from their underground slumber and lay waste to the earth. Mankind is reduced to living hand to mouth in medieval like enclaves.

    The film’s opening scene was quite promising. A young English boy, Quinn, visits his mother who works underground in the mines. The miners discover a mysterious, hidden shaft. There, they awaken a sleeping, fire breathing dragon, who immediately makes mince meat of those around it. Quinn and his mother try to escape, but only Quinn makes it, sheltered by his mother’s body, as she makes the ultimate sacrifice.

    Twenty years later, the earth is a desolate wasteland. The dragons have propagated, and the skies are filled with their alien presence. Clusters of surviving humans lead a medieval, hardscrabble existence, huddled against these fire breathing monsters that prey upon them. Quinn (Christian Bale) heads such a group.

    One day, out of the blue, a group of Americans led by Denton Van Zan (a buffed up, gravelly voiced Matthew McConaughey) arrive at Quinn’s enclave. There is a clash of wills and some animosity between the two groups, but ultimately Quinn and Van Zan join forces to try and change the course of history and save mankind in the process.

    Quite frankly, the movie is dull and laughable, with plot holes, bad acting, and ham handed direction. While there are some interesting special effects, this alone does not make a movie. Though ambitious, the film simply tanks, lacking the underpinnings of a good script to sustain it as it lumbers to its grand finale, breathing its last to the viewer’s thankful relief.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. Hordes of fire-breathing, human-eating dragons. A devastated, smouldering modern-day England. Christian Bale as the monastic, stalwart leader of a besieged castle full of dispirited Englishmen. A wild-eyed Matt McConaughey as a rogue U.S. military commander.

    Oh, did I mention Apache helicopter gunships versus Dragons?

    If you want nearly two hours of char-broiled goodness and don’t mind disengaging your brain, then read no further, and pop “Reign of Fire” on the hopper.

    Now for some background: Back in the early nineties, NYU college buddies Kevin Peterka and Greg Chabott went backpacking through the United Kingdom; as they hiked, they talked; Greg had taken along a vintage 1939 typewriter, and they typed up their ideas. They used the storied English landscape, with its castles and legends of dragons, to churn out their first screenplay, which was entitled “When Heroes go Down” and which they sold on spec , ultimately picked up by Spyglass pictures.

    Spyglass spiffed up the script and mercifully renamed it “Reign of Fire”, but at the core of the movie was Chabott and Peterka’s original vision of a fire-breathing dragon going claw a mano with an Apache gunship. And that, I’m happy to say, is what is at the center of this roaringly fun and occasionally inspired movie about fire-breathing dragons rampaging through the England of 2020.

    Yes it’s flawed. Yes it’s uneven. Yes, the editing on the battles between man and monster is often so bad as to make it hard to follow what’s going on. And yes, you desperately want to see more of the dragons. But don’t be overly critical, for “Reign” is a flame-roasted cheesefest.

    The movie’s promotional campaign, featuring the sky above London’s Houses of Parliament teeming with marauding dragons, was a bit misleading: other than a brief introduction by the narrator Quinn (played feverishly well by Christian Bale), the events of the movie are focused on the pitched battle between a gigantic uber-dragon, some frightened English civilians in a Scottish castle, and a band of renegade American soldiers under the command of Van Zan (played by a steely-eyed, cigar smoking Matthew McConaughey, who appears to be having the time of his career), who are there to chew bubble gum and kick dragon butt.

    Oh, and they’re all outta bubble gum.

    The reign of fire, and the millions of dragons that come with it, was spawned by the nasty uber-dragon, who came crawling up out of the bowels of London after a development project unearthed his ‘final’ resting place—and that titular reign lasts about 3 seconds.

    That’s pretty much all that is needed, though: the Earth itself is a burned, desolate wasteland, roasted by the dragons and decimated by mankind’s last gasp, a futile nuclear strike that did more damage to humanity than it did to the dragons. Society has regressed to the medieval, and merely venturing out for a few turnips can mean death—nasty, screeching, fiery death.

    But what’s bad for English civilians is great fun for the audience, particularly when Van Zann’s dragonslayers (who have tanks and the obligatory Apache gunship) show up. The movie was made for a relatively trifling $117 million, and it’s all up on the screen: movie dragons have never looked so terrifying.

    Nor has a B-monster movie looked so good, and that’s not a surprise: “Reign”‘s director of Photography is the brilliant Adrian Biddle, who did the cinematography for Aliens, Princess Bride, Willow, and The Mummy. All of the sequences, particularly the castle, are crisp, harrowing, and beautifully shot.

    The DVD is crisp and gorgeous (and stuffed with some useful extras), the setting is bleak and atmospheric, the dragons are gorgeous to behold, director Rob Bowman (who also helmed “X-Files:Fight the Future”) keeps the action rolling along, and Matthew McConaughey’s death-defying mid-air leap at a dragon’s spikey, smelly, smokey craw must be seen to be believed.

    Here be Dragons.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. This is the Greatest Film EVER made! The acting spectacular, the cast superb, and the directing unbelievable. The special effects are amazing too. Why this did not win an oscar, I shall never know. Definately buy this film if you’re into action and adventure. If you liked the Wedding Planner, don’t buy it because Matthew’s character is not a loving pediatrician. Enjoy.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. …However this movie [stinks]! It’s no good at all, even the huge fan of dragons I went with hated it! The movie might have been good with a little more thought…
    Rating: 1 / 5

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