'Reign Of Fire' Review By XJWS79

Dragons, Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey what more do you want?
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
First the movie is by director Rob Bowman best known for his work on 89 episodes of The X-Files, 1995-2000 and also some work on The A-Team 19 episodes, 1985-1986. so this is his director debut.

The Screen play is written by Gregg Chabot,Kevin Peterka and Matt Greenberg. Matt Greenberg also wrote the screenplay for Halloween: H20: 20 Years Later and 1408.

Now on to the movie itself.

In this apocalypse tale, our demise comes in the form of a race of fire-breathing dragons that are awakened from their millennial-long state of A dormancy. It's briefly explained that these dragons hibernate for eons at a time. Just waiting for the earth to replenish itself before embarking on another mission of total bio-global destruction.

In fact they use the dragons has the explanation for the demise of the dinosaurs,it is probably best not to ask questions just how this species managed to completely avoid leaving any evidence of its existence in the fossil record.

In the beginning thanks to a deep-drilling construction project in downtown London in the year 2008, mind you this film came out in 2002. The first dragon is discovered by young lad named Quinn Abercrombie played by Ben Thornton. Who watches his mother Karen Abercromby played by Alice Krige get incinerated by the creatures fiery breath in order to save him.

12 years later in 2020. Quinn (Christian Bale) is the leader of a group of sole survivors medieval stone castle in Northumberland the colony survives only by living off food from man made farms. In hope of outlasting the dragons, wait until they die out again (as they presumably did several times before)or go into hibernation for lack of food themselves. Of course the farm is destroyed.

Now with their situation looking even more bleak Americans show up lead by `Dragon Slayer' Denton Van Zan played by Matthew McConaughey. Armed with a Chieftain tank and an Augusta A109 helicopter, which is piloted by Alex played by Izabella Scorupco. They arrive with a plan to destroy the dragons, this doesn't sit well with Quinn who has different ideas on how to ensure the survival of the human race. Quinn and Van Zan work together and eventually manage to kill the dragon that destroyed the crop but lose three of Van Zan's men in the process. Afterward a celebration ensues this is when Van Zan and Alex inform Quinn that all the dragons they have encountered are female.

So their theory is that they are like fish, the females would lay their eggs and the male would come and fertilize them. Leaving them to believe their is only one male dragon left. So Van Zan and his unit go to London to find the single male dragon, but encounter a roadblock, which the army is soon annihilated by the male dragon.

The male dragon follows their path back to the castle and attacks it, the inhabitants are pushed back into by hiding in an underground shelter designed to withstand the dragons heat. Quinn best friend Creedy (Gerard Butler) is killed saving people during the attack.

The defeated, Van Zan returns to the castle to rescue Quinn the other survivors from the castle's shelter. This is when Quinn tells Van Zan that they and Alex will hunt the male dragon in London. They use the helicopter to follow the River Thames to the city which they are unnoticed, its also noticed the dragons are beginning to starve and are resorting to cannibalism by eating each other.

Van Zan hatches a plan to fire a explosive from his crossbow into the male dragons mouth at the moment in inhales air to breath fire. Unfortunately not everything goes to plan and Van Zan fails to destroy the dragon, so he attacks with only his axe in a head-on leap. The dragon shallows our hero in midair. Which leaves Quinn and Alex to destroy the dragon by luring out into street level where Quinn is able to destroy it himself.

Theres a short scene afterwards of Quinn and Alex putting up a radio tower where they receive a transmission from survivors in France.

The special effects and art direction are quite impressive throughout. One knock I had was at times some of the dialogs is a little bland but seem functional. The movies music score was composed by Brad Wagner which was his debut and well known Ed Shearmur who was composed music for 55 films. I gave it 3.5 on acting only because some of the dialog, 3.5 for the story on the believability.

In the end if you like fantasy films with dragons you'll probably like this movie.

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Comments (14)

  1. the Narrator

    Good movie. i gave it 3.5 on a bad day, 4 on a good one. Nice review man.

    6 years agoby @narratorFlag

  2. The Lost Girl

    This has been on T.V. alot lately. I've never seen the whole film, only bits here and there, but it looks good. Also, Chistian Bale is one of my favorite actors. Wasn't sure what the actual storyline was, so thank you, xj! BB has this one; I'll pick it up soon!

    6 years agoby @trinity7694Flag

  3. The Dark Knight

    I didn't like this movie

    7 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  4. Lone Wolf

    I love this movie. It was so underrated.

    7 years agoby @54729Flag

  5. XJWS79

    Alright if you cheesy sick visual dragon movies with Christian Bale in it, then you should see the movie.
    That was a joke. thanks for the comments.

    7 years agoby @xjws79Flag

  6. The CryptKeeper

    McConaughey was good in Frailty, but other wise than that.....

    7 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  7. Phatlightning

    you barely even know mcconaughey is in it, he doesnt really look like himself nor act like himself.. but yes, I did believe it was cheesy, but the visuals were sick.

    7 years agoby @sxers2k1Flag

  8. BlizZzario, Bizniches

    Is this movie really worth it, or is it cheesy, and predictable, because I want to see, and have it on my Netflix list, but I don't like Matthew McConaughey, but its got dragons and Christian Bale, like you said.


    7 years agoby @blizzzardFlag

  9. The CryptKeeper

    I'll take your input on the movie too, phat.

    I'll probably end up renting this some day. Hopefully soon. Mainly wanna see it because of Christian Bale.

    7 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  10. Phatlightning

    The movie actually disappointed me with its lackluster of an ending.. it was just rushed thru.. The whole movie could have been done alot better, but with the acting list alone it deserves 3 stars.

    7 years agoby @sxers2k1Flag

  11. XJWS79

    I really appreciate the feedback, I own the movie after searching on here th other day I noticed there was only one review on here for it. So I decided to write one.

    7 years agoby @xjws79Flag

  12. slysnide

    I never heard much about this movie after it's release, but your good review makes it sound interesting.

    7 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  13. The CryptKeeper

    This always happens and I don't know why I even bother. I clicked "helpful" and guess what... it didn't work. just know that it was helpful

    7 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  14. The CryptKeeper

    nice review. Sounds interesting.

    I can tel that you have actually SEEN the film. There are some reviews that are 2 sentences long and you don't know if they've even seen the frickan thing!

    7 years agoby @catwomanFlag