Reign Of Fire details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Alexander Siddig, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, David Kennedy, Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES|
Reign Of Fire
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Jun 2003|
|Subtitles:||English, Dutch, Bulgarian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Mostly hot airBy jezfernandez (25 reviews) from Wantage , 12 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]An apocalyptic world where dragons rule the skies and the humans fight desperately for their survival? If you?re thinking Mad Max vs Aliens, then think again because this ain?t it.
First off, this film has an obviously small budget which, granted, is not always a problem. When you?re attempting to create a world of the future, ravaged and destroyed by fire-breathing monsters, and you?re one main set piece is a burnt-out castle, it IS a problem. Reign of Fire lacks the kind of scale and vision that adequately conveys a sense of worldwide devastation.
And then of course there?s the dragons. Beautifully designed and convincingly animated for sure, but there just aren?t enough of them. In the opening scenes, the narrator describes them as a swarm of locusts but throughout the rest of the film we rarely see more than one of them at any time. If you watch James Cameron?s Aliens closely, you?ll notice a similar trait. The difference, however, is that Cameron directs so ferociously, you come away believing you?ve witnessed a spectacular showdown of man v. beast.
Sadly, Reign of Fire is no Aliens, despite the best efforts of Director Rob ?X-Files? Bowman. He?s competent enough and some of the sequences in this movie are inspired. Two free-fallers, attempting to bait and bag a dragon, hurtle violently towards earth as their prey follows thunderously behind. Unfortunately, the action is scarce and too much time is spent on lengthy set-ups. Furthermore, lead men McConaughey and Bale (both fine actors) spend most of their time sneering and talking through clenched teeth, to the point that they become caricatures of themselves.
Reign of Fire had great potential, but is sadly let down by a patchy script, uninspired acting and an absence of breakneck action.
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Just okBy a customer from Thirsk , 21 Dec 2008Not one of Bale' best movies. There's plenty of action but I just didn't find it enjoyable.
BrillaintBy xdidzx (26 reviews) from Chippenham , 12 Dec 2008Really goos film, i was really impressed with this film. It isn't like anything else that is on the market at the moment, it;s in a league of it's own.
If anyone likes action movies then this film is definatly for you.
Dragons Kick A***By a customer from Newmarket , 09 Nov 2008Workers on an Underground extension in London discover something nasty behind a wall ('Quatermass and the Pit' anyone?') and send in a schoolboy to sort it out - as you do. So, if we are to believe the story, London is responsible for unleashing dragons into the world, which are indestructible, unless they meet macho-mucho-muscled Matthew McConaughey that is. Role on a few decades and the schoolboy is now straight-laced Christian Bale, leader of a small group of survivors (mostly irritating children) with comic-relief sidekick, Gerard Butler. They live in a castle in Northumberland which, if you believe the film makers, is just around the corner from London and not some 300-odd miles. Still, these and other howlers pale next to the CGI dragons themselves, which - like the Radio Times review says - make the film.
Not quite hot stuff, but of decent warmthBy JHawk (102 reviews) from Edinburgh, Scotland , 14 Sep 2008Interesting to see a pre-Batman bale heading this little curiosity - and a surprisingly enjoyable movie it is too.
Dragons are awoken in a brief but concise opening sequence, and a voice-over montage fleshes out the story of the dragons decimating the world - this is a great wee opening but feels like perhaps an afterthought. Would've been great to see a bit of this worldwide devastation in action.
Script is lean and unshowy as are the performances - even McConaughey isn't too ripe. Bale is a great leading man, supported ably by Gerard Butler. Scorupuco flutters her eyelids in a token female role, but holds her own against the boys.
The second half of the film suffers from being a touch predictable, and budget constraints stop the film from being spectatcular. And it is too short for the enormity of the plot. But it's enjoyable, fantastical fare that is a great evening's entetainment.
bleak, uncompromising, but not that interestingBy Ellesar (84 reviews) from London , 15 Jul 2008What is it with these macho films? There are barely any women in this film, there is only one who is really active, but you know that she is only there for love interest. If it all goes pear shaped I really hope I am not expected to be just a useless woman in the shadows looking after the children cooking and cleaning!
I wanted to see this from the beginning as I hadn't on the telly and it is pretty confusing without it, but it is also frustrating as it is hard to contemplate anyone compromising their childs safety in the way the mother does with the boy in her workplace in the first few minutes.
Bale is good as per - the landscape is as grim as would be expected, some good SFX, but I fell asleep near the end cos it just went all heroic and rescue mode and I just petered out!
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