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Reign of Fire (2002) Poster

(2002)

Goofs

Jump to: Character error (2) | Continuity (8) | Errors in geography (4) | Factual errors (2) | Revealing mistakes (1)

Character error 

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.
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When the female American helicopter pilot jumps off the landing pad, she is introduced as a member of the US Calvary instead of US Cavalry.

Continuity 

Quinn, Van Zan, and Alex Jensen climb up a ladder, with Quinn at the rear, yet he is the first to step off when they reach the top.
The speed of rotor blades as Alex's helicopter shuts down varies between the shots. Instead, they should be continually slowing down to a standstill.
The wound on Quinn's chin after the fight with Van Zan changes position in the following scene.
The harpoon gun that Van Zan uses to bring down the dragon attacking the castle has a bent targeting reticle when we see it from the point-of-view shot as it is fired. However, when we see the gun from the reverse angle, as Van Zan mounts it, the same targeting reticle is a perfect circle.
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The type of helicopter carrying the main characters appears to vary from shot to shot during the journey from Northumberland to London, sometimes appearing to be an Agusta A109 with a conventional tail rotor, but in other shots it appears to be an Aerospatiale Dauphine with an enclosed "fenestron" tail rotor.
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As Alex hovers her helicopter and bids farewell to Quinn, Van Zan's military convoy is seen in the background moving back towards the compound rather than towards London.
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After leaving Quinn to Join Van Zan's forces, Jared returns and meets Quinn in what's left of the orchard. In the first part of the scene Jared is carrying a Sterling submachine gun slung over his shoulder; you can clearly see the distinctive pistol grip and curved magazine. Towards the end of the scene, as he hugs Quinn, the Sterling has been replaced by an SLR, the British version of the FN rifle. All you can see is the Shoulder stock, but it is unmistakable from its shape. The Sterling only ever had a folding metal stock.
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The length of Van Zan's beard changes frequently.

Errors in geography 

It is impossible to "stay tight to the cliffs" all the way from Northumbria and London: East Anglia and the Thames basin are flat.
Part of the film is set in treacherous mountain terrain, allegedly in Norfolk - famously one of the flattest counties in England, with only one hill rising over 300 feet above sea level.
In the opening scenes, the small boy appears to be walking in London around the new Underground building site, but clearly in the background two red and white chimneys are visible. These chimneys are located in Ringsend, Dublin (where this scene was filmed), and not London.
The American convoy leaves Northumberland (North East England) and travels south until the road is too blocked for them to continue. The battered road signs says "A5 - London 66 miles". The A5 runs from London north west to Holyhead in Wales. Northumberland is 300 miles north of London.

Factual errors 

Van Zan and Alex tell Quinn that there is only one male dragon and, like fish, the females lay their eggs and the male makes a "pass" to fertilize them. Yet when Quinn discovers the egg inside the downed dragon, there is an embryo visible, which should only happen AFTER fertilization.
Van Zan tells Quinn the explosive crossbow bolts are magnesium-tipped C4. Assuming the magnesium is being lit from impact or from the dragon's breath, the C4 would not detonate; C4 detonates only with combined heat and pressure usually only obtained from detonating a blasting cap embedded in the C4. Unless the magnesium tip was purposed as the ignition source of a blasting cap that wasn't mentioned in the arrow head the C4 would not have detonated.

Revealing mistakes 

As Van Zant climbs the covered ladder near the end, the arms of his crossbow catch and bend on the rungs revealing it to be made of rubber

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