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Reign of Fire (2002)

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A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet.

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Rob Bowman

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Gregg Chabot (story), Kevin Peterka (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Quinn Abercromby
Matthew McConaughey ... Denton Van Zan
Izabella Scorupco ... Alex Jensen
Gerard Butler ... Creedy
Scott Moutter ... Jared Wilke (as Scott James Moutter)
David Kennedy ... Eddie Stax
Alexander Siddig ... Ajay
Ned Dennehy ... Barlow
Rory Keenan ... Devon
Terence Maynard ... Gideon
Doug Cockle ... Goosh
Randall Carlton ... Burke (Tito)
Chris Kelly Chris Kelly ... Mead
Ben Thornton ... Young Quinn
Alice Krige ... Karen Abercromby
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Storyline

In present-day London, 12-year-old Quinn Abercromby witnesses the awakening of a hibernating dragon from a centuries-long slumber, the result of a construction dig supervised by his mother and an incident for which Quinn feels partially responsible. Twenty years later, the adult Quinn (Christian Bale) is the fire chief of a refortified castle community, responsible for dousing the blazes lit by the dragon's prodigious number of flame-spewing offspring, airborne juggernauts that have wreaked havoc across the globe, torching civilization and turning humans into an endangered species. Hope arrives in the form of Denton "Dragon Slayer" Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey), an American known to be the only man to ever kill one of the dragons, and Alex (Izabella Scorupco), a scientist/pilot who's a member of Van Zan's army, a zealous fighting force that includes a secret weapon: the Archangels, paratroopers using themselves as bait to attract and then dispatch the deadly beasts.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fight Fire With Fire See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where Heroes Go Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Castle, Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,632,281, 14 July 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,061,982, 27 October 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,150,183
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film posits an alternative history in which the dinosaurs were killed off by dragons, rather than the K-T asteroid as held by mainstream science. See more »

Goofs

As the occupants of the castle crowd the ramparts to repel Van Zan's approaching column, the men all have their weapons up, ready to fire. If you look over Creedy's shoulder, the man beside him has neglected to flip up the foresight of his SLR, making it impossible to aim the rifle properly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Worker #1: Hello, Quinn.
Worker #2: Good morning, Quinn. How's is going mate.
Young Quinn: What's up, guys.
Worker #3: Working the late shift, are ya?
Young Quinn: Ha! Someone's got to clean up after you guys.
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Connections

References StarCraft: Brood War (1998) See more »

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Burn
Written by Mad at Gravity and J. Lynn Johnston
Performed by Mad at Gravity
Courtesy of ARTISTDirect Records/BMG
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An interesting step for science fiction
22 July 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

Sure, it was cheesy and low budget, but the indomitable Rob Bowman didn't pull any punches in this futuristic drama about dragons. Giving a scientific edge to a creature based in fantasy, this film proved to be a rather refreshing step in science fiction, which means it won't be a well received one. Even if this film barely makes its money back, at least it leaves the door open for other fantastic ideas in the science fiction genre.

As for the film, the technical side was excellent. Bowman, a former television director proves he can do just as well with a 50 million dollar budget (?) and a tough to sell idea. Both Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey were believable as care taking heroes. Their bipolar dynamic was especially excellent, creating tension not just in beliefs but also in culture and devotion to country. McConaughey was especially good as Van Zant (which was well cast, considering he is an actual southerner), bringing a role to his resume which I had never seen. All in all, a decent film to watch. 7/10


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