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Reign of Fire
Reign of Fire
Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, Scott Moutter
Director: Rob Bowman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2002     1hr 41min

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 awake...  more »


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Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, Scott Moutter
Director: Rob Bowman
Creators: Bruce Moriarty, Chris Chrisafis, Dean Zanuck, Derek Evans, Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Touchstone / Disney
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/19/2002
Original Release Date: 07/12/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 07/12/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 9/16/2014...
I am not usually a "dragon" movie watcher, more of a Matthew McConaughey watcher but this movie is so much fun! Dragons are realistic and the script is exciting. Christian Bale is another actor that is always fun to watch making this movie thoroughly enjoyable and memorable.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Angie M. (antidumbcardsociety) from BEAUFORT, SC
Reviewed on 7/13/2014...
Did not like it.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 6/5/2012...
This is perhaps THE BEST dragons type movie ever! The special effects are outstanding! It's like you're there, a totally engrossing film. If you're a dragon lover or a Doomsday lover with a new spin or just love a great action flick. This is one you don't want to miss! Oh, did I mention the acting is TOP NOTCH.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jerry S. from OCEANSIDE, CA
Reviewed on 3/20/2012...
Excellent! Lots of Action
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A pyrotechnical B-movie masterpiece
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 12/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
The Truth About Dragons
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 07/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
An atypical "B" flick with grade-A effects!
Michael Kramer | Menominee, Mi. | 07/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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!!!"