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At Theaters: 7/12/2002 On Video: 11/19/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409938
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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In present-day London, 12-year-old Quinn inadvertently wakes an enormous fire-breathing dragon from its centuries-long slumber. Twenty years later, much of the world has been scarred by the beast and its offspring. The dragons are extremely intelligent, highly evolved… and they don’t like sharing the planet.

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DETAILED STORYLINE
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Action Adventure - A dark, dreary, intense film with virtually no light moments. There's really no character development and not much of a story between the intense action scenes. The story isn't very believable and has many glaring holes you have to look past. I would say this is probably more of a guy's movie.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Matthew McConaughey FRAILTY, THE WEDDING PLANNER, U-571, EDTV
Christian Bale CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, SHAFT, AMERICAN PSYCHO
Izabella Scorupco THE VERTICAL LIMIT, GOLDENEYE
Gerard Butler DRACULA 2000
Director: Rob Bowman AT FIRST SIGHT, THE X-FILES
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Production Notes Heading
Origins of the Project
About The Dragons
Casting The Film
About The Production
About The Director
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: No F-words or GD's, 1 S-word. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Just the dragons eating people. Nothing too graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking of moonshine.
ACTION: Some very intense dragon fighting scenes.
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks are made.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Reign of Fire is a monster movie - probably the best since Jurassic ParkReign of Fire has no pretensions (which is refreshing in a way). It's about kicking butt, killing big, ugly monsters, and saving the human race. Bowman believes in it, and, because of his conviction, so do we.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Poor "One regards "Reign of Fire" with awe. What a vast enterprise has been marshaled in the service of such a minute idea. Incredulity is our companion, and it is twofold: We cannot believe what happens in the movie, and we cannot believe that the movie was made.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "From the gratuitously misleading posters suggesting present-day aerial combat to the sidestepped questions at the story's very core, this ambitious and often engrossing post-apocalyptic drama comes so close to being good that it hurts. Lurching from admirably frank, multifaceted depictions of human physical and psychological survival to scenes so hokey they're almost surreal, the movie is like a thoroughbred horse without a jockey — a thing of beauty running nowhere.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 201 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
41
Very High
98%
13-19Teens (F)
23
About 50/50
65%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
38
High
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
High
92%
30+Adults (M)
44
Fairly High
84%
30+Adults (F)
30
Fairly High
80%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some very mixed opinions. Gender didn't make as much difference as I thought it might. The ladies rated it about the same as the guys. Teen males were the exception. They enjoyed it the most, which is certainly understandable.

Overall, only around half of the moviegoers truly enjoyed this movie, which is pretty low. From moviegoer comments it appears the lack of a decent story and the believability of the story it had were the reasons for their lower opinions.

The people who rated it high made comments that they enjoyed the dragon scenes, so apparently they were able to overlook the hokey story and just enjoy the visuals and special effects.

So, as I stated in my prediction, if you demand a well thought out and developed story and in-depth character development, this isn't the movie for you. But, if you go for the gritty visuals and the exciting dragon battles, "Reign of Fire" is certainly worth a look. And it should really be seen on the big screen. I'm sure it would lose a lot of its visual impact on video.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This dark, dreary, intense movie will likely appeal mainly to guys. The story is OK, but it's not very believable. You can't look too close at the story or question things or you see the many holes in the story.

If you go in to see some cool dragon fights and don't care about character development or the story, this is your movie. The dragon fights come often enough and are exciting enough for any guy.

You ladies going to see Matthew McConaughey may be disappointed. He is bald and rough looking. There really isn't much here for the ladies unless you like dragon fights.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The film opens in present-day London, where 12-year-old Quinn, exploring his mother's construction site, accidentally awakes a centuries-old dragon, who proceeds to destroy everything in sight. 

Twenty years later, much of the world has been destroyed by the dragon and its offspring. Quinn is now a fireman – a most important job in a world where everyone watches the sky for flames. Quinn, with his confidant, Creedy, oversees the castle and a small group of humans eking out a meager existence.

The dragons attack often, and the number of humans is dwindling. Quinn's methods are to wait out the dragons – if humans can survive as the dragons die off, they will be able to start anew in future generations. 

Enter Denton Van Zan, a hotshot American who claims to have a way to kill the beasts. Quinn doesn't believe it… until Van Zan and his ragtag group of "archangels" demonstrate their skill. Van Zan has come to Quinn's castle to recruit manpower for an attempt to kill the original dragon in London – a bull from whom all the dragons originate.

Quinn thinks that a run on London is a suicide mission and he refuses to risk the lives of his charges by committing such a foolish act. However, before long, Quinn is forced to confront his own inner demons and take a stand.

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