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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Quinn Abercromby
... Denton Van Zan
... Alex Jensen
... Creedy
... Jared Wilke (as Scott James Moutter)
... Eddie Stax
... Ajay
... Barlow
... Devon
... Gideon
... Goosh
... Burke (Tito)
Chris Kelly ... Mead
... Young Quinn
... Karen Abercromby
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It is twenty years in the future, and the planet has been devastated by vicious fire-breathing dragons. The last vestiges of humanity now struggle for survival at remote outposts. In a ruined castle in the English countryside, Quinn is desperately trying to hold together a band of frightened, restless survivors. As a boy, Quinn watched his mother die protecting him from one of the beasts, and is still haunted by the memory. One day, a group of American rogues shows up, led by a brash, tough-guy named Van Zan. He claims to have discovered a way to kill the dragons once and for all, and enlists Quinn's help. But doing so will force Quinn to confront his own frightening memories. This, and Quinn's responsibilities to those that are under his protection, results in a battle of wills between the two men. In the end, events cause them both to realize that they must work together to defeat the monsters--both without and within. Written by LOTUSB1973

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Fight Fire With Fire See more »


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

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12 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Where Heroes Go Down  »

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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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Matthew McConaughey's character only appears 30 minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

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[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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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Written by Mad at Gravity and J. Lynn Johnston
Performed by Mad at Gravity
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An interesting step for science fiction
22 July 2002 | by See 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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