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Reign of Fire (2002)

Christian Bale , Matthew McConaughey , Rob Bowman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, Benny Nieves, Alexander Siddig
  • Directors: Rob Bowman
  • Writers: Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg, Zak Penn
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JDVV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reign of Fire" on IMDb

Special Features

"Breathing Life Into The Terror" -- The Making Of The Dragons

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Matthew McConaughey (U-571) and Christian Bale (SHAFT) star in an explosive action-packed adventure with bone-charring special effects that will have you glued to your seat! When workers in a London tunneling project awaken an unearthly fire-breathing beast from centuries of slumber, all hell breaks loose. Twelve-year-old Quinn (Bale) sees his mother, one of the workers, die trying to escape this new terror. Twenty years later as a "fire chief," he tries to keep a group of refugees alive with fierce dragons dominating the air, burning the land and feeding on the ash. Unexpectedly, Van Zan (McConaughey), a hotshot American militia leader, shows up with a ragtag group of slayers on a perilous crusade to hunt down and destroy the beasts. Tempers flare when there is a struggle for leadership -- until both men realize only one species is getting out of this alive.

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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pyrotechnical B-movie masterpiece December 2, 2002
Format:DVD
I honestly do not understand all the bad reviews that Reign of Fire received when it opened. Most people expected an Independence Day style brainless special effects vehicle and instead they got a slow paced character driven sci-fi flick. I guess these are the same people who thought XXX was a masterpiece. Anyway, I love Reign of Fire for everything it is and isn't. Matthew McConaughey (who it is great to see in another great movie without Hollywood gloss, see Frailty to see what I mean) brings to life one of his best roles in the dragonslaying Van Zan, while Christian Bale proves once again that he isn't just female eye candy (for another example see American Psycho). Both actors are fantastic, while X-Files film director Rob Bowman moves the film at a purposely slow pace so that every time we get a glimpse of a dragon it leaves the viewer wanting more and eventually getting it. The dragons themselves must be seen to be believed, they breathe, move, and stalk like one would imagine a dragon would in real life. All in all, Reign of Fire is a masterful high grade B-movie that shines without the Hollywood gloss, and is a true treat of a film.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Dragons July 12, 2005
Format:DVD
A London construction project uncovers a horrible secret and a young boy loses his mother at the same time. A tunnel project has awakened a dragon. Soon they breed like rats and proceed to burn civilization and all life into oblivion. They have been here before but we did not recognize the signs. Their attack is so quick that years later humanity is all but completely wiped out.

The young boy is now a young man and in charge of a group of refugees trying to reestablish themselves. Dragons are getting desperate as their food supply is almost completely gone. But internal and external forces combine to bring great change. Some residents are losing faith and want to go against the community's plan. A group of American military arrive and they specialize in killing dragons. They also have a crazy plan for getting rid of the dragons for good but they need more men.

This tale of survivors facing impossible odds with an iron will to survive is well crafted and easily rewatchable. The acting is good while the effects are excellent. but this is not a movie about dragons, it is a movie about people and how they deal with adversity. Although the movie is really about people, the dragons are wonderful and full of menace. Definitely worth watching.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure adrenalin! July 8, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I won't beat about the bush: I LOVED THIS MOVIE! It was so exciting, I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. At times, I even began to cheer!

I've been stuck in bed sick these last few days and I've had to endure watching some dreadful movies in that time. But this was a great change from those. Out of all the movies I've watched lately, this was far and away the best one.

The storyline of this movie is not entirely original--it definitely borrows elements from Mad Max, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead, and John Wyndham's book The Day of the Triffids. But all three of those were absolutely brilliant, and so is this.

I noticed that one Amazon reviewer complained that they could not understand the accents in this movie. Well, I would advise that reviewer to get their hearing checked because I didn't have a problem with the accents at all. If you can't understand the occasional very mild Scottish accent, you really need to get a life. FYI, though, most of the characters in this speak with an English or American accent, neither of which should be too hard for persons of average intelligence to understand.

I also read reviews that claimed there were too few dragons and not enough drama in this movie. Jeeze, those reviewers so didn't get it. As I saw it, there was a good reason why the dragons weren't onscreen the whole time and it had to do with building drama: the drama was actually in the 'when will the dragons come, will they find us, oh God, is that just the wind outside or the sound of a dragon coming to get us, aaargh!' type suspense. Silence of the Lambs didn't just feature Hannibal Lector and the other serial killer slaughtering people all the way through it--it relied on the suspense factor, the 'what will happen next?
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An atypical "B" flick with grade-A effects! July 12, 2002
Sure, this movie is a mish-mash of Mad Max, King Arthur, and Dragonslayer. Sure there are holes and a few question marks in the plot. But then again...we're watching a movie about dragons and the people who live in a future time where dragons rule so, why question it to begin with?
I was afraid of seriously cheesey dragon effects a la Dungeons and Dragons, but WOW was I pleasantly surprised! The creatures were well textured and moved almost cat-like. The fire they breathed didn't look all pixellated like a lot of fire done with CGI. That all combined to deliver a good-looking (?) set of monsterous dragons.
The sound was probably the best I've heard in a long time. The theater I saw it in is set up for Dolby Digital surround...and let me tell you: this movie made FULL use of the sound system!!! Dragons flying all around you..and when they growled..whoa..puts a shiver down your spine!!!
Go see it, don't believe it....just enjoy it. The actors are all excellent, even though at times the British actors's accents were so thick it made understanding them all but impossible. This movie is around 1 hr. and 40 minutes long...not too short and not too long...but long enough enjoy the heck out of yourself!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wild Ride
This movie is a wild ride almost right out of the gate. The fire breathing dragons (representative of a current government administration) dominate the landscape with thier cunning... Read more
Published 23 days ago by PanFish
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
A great and unique movie, however underrated. If you enjoy dragons or post apocalyptic movies, this one fuses the genres into one!
Published 1 month ago by Morgan Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
I like this movie, it has all the right moves, dark and hedgy . Very well made. A good end of the world movie, very good characters.
Published 1 month ago by jules
3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed Sci Fi But Aren't They All
Can you accept flying fire breathing dragons literally becoming the dominant species on earth? And I don't mean certain Republican members of Congress! Read more
Published 1 month ago by RS
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid movie with cool looking dragons
Not amazing like Lord of the Rings, but a fun couple hours of watching a cool story with amazing dragons. Cool premise and solid acting and great Special Effects.
Published 1 month ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the concept and presentation
I love the concept of the movie. No one brings dragons into modern day but this movie did. This is what happens when man uses his most horrendous weapons to try and save the world,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pamela K Eller
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Love this movie. Watched it over and over. Mathew is great n this show also. Keeps u on edge. Done very well.
Published 1 month ago by La girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for when you need an engrossing movie to watch!
Great movie. How can you go wrong with a yoked Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale and Gerard Butler. Plus dragons. Not too bloody, but good suspense.
Published 1 month ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I've always loved this movie because of the way they portray the dragons. They look like I would expect wild dragons to look. The acting's OK, but the dragons are awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Film
I really like this film. Superb acting by Christian Bale as Quinn, Gerard Butler as Quinn's friend Creedy, and a virtually UNRECOGNIZABLE Matthew McConaughey as Van Zan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. M. Wood
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