Reign Of Fire


A rare example of a summer schlockbuster not doing exactly what it says on the tin, Rob Bowman’s flick welches on its poster’s promise of city-scorching spectacle in favour of a tense and dramatic slow burn. Though there are some impressively rendered CG beasties, most of the action focuses on a mucho macho Matthew McConaughey and a peaceable Christian Bale getting medieval on each other’s arses. The Yank’s out to wage war on some re-awakened scaly monsters, while the Brit says “hold your fire”. If only our prime minister had a bit more of Bale about him...

Indeed, the plot’s more about day-to-day life in the aftermath of a dragon-fuelled apocalypse than a ballistic one-on-one with the leviathans. It’s certainly unique, given the time it spends with Bale as he frets about food and entertains his folks in a castle hideout with tales from charred old movies. But it’s also a bit self-important for a movie about napalm-spurting nasties, and between the blistering scenes of airborne mayhem, the clunky stretches of dragon-deprived dialogue take their toll.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: February 1st 2003

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