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|
Most helpful review
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.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (10) Yes |
- No (1)
Silly Good Fun!By missyreicheru (63 reviews) from Glasgow , 12 May 2008This is such a boy's movie, but oh, i loved it! christian bale (again gorgeous, even with a beard and fisherman's jumper) and a super-buff matthew mcconaghey!!
totally unbelievable plot, but we all know that. It's just good fun to watch :)
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (1) Yes |
- No (0)
what a load of cr4pBy monthehoops (1 review) from Newtownabbey , 21 Apr 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidegot half way through, my brother watched it to the end. looks great from the trailer etc, but it is xtremely dull. Why is there only one male dragon out of hundreds? why does some guy randomly commit suicide in the middle? load of bull, dont bother watching.
very disappointingBy a customer from Worthing , 09 Apr 2008the premise behind this film is an excellent one, and expectations were high. Sadly this is quite disappointing. There are moments of action, tanks arrive but are never used. This is some storytelling, but not enough to really get to know or care about the characters, the dragons - weren't very scary.
Ending was predictable, you knew who was gonna die when. This had the potential to be so much better.
Only worth a watch if you can get it cheap and are not after an intelligent film.
Not greatBy a customer from Newcastle Upon Tyne , 19 Feb 2008Only watch this if you have nothing better to do and do not operate machinery while watching.
Oh, he's a Dragon Slayer. I suppose that would make you King Arthur does it?By JediSi (301 reviews) from Kent , 02 Jan 2008A crew digging in modern day London unleashes an ancient dragon unto the world. Quinn, a twelve year old boy, is the only survivor of that fateful day. Fast forward to the year 2020, Quinn (played by Christian Bale), is now a grown man leading a group of men, women and children to survive against the threat of the dragons. Their peaceful existence is threatened when Van Zan (played by Matthew McConaughey), a wild American who claims to be a dragon killer, arrives at their home, and tries to enlist the English to help him rid the world of the threat of the dragons. Soon, both men realize that they have to work together to somehow survive.
Gerard Butler is exceptional as is Christian Bale. With eye popping special effects and fantastic stunt sequences, 'Reign of Fire' is a thrill ride. The only real flaw here was a weak ending. The film started off quite well but seemed to taper off towards the end as we drew closer to the inevitable conclusion. Good, solid entertainment.