A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting fire to everything, establishing dominance over the planet.
2.35 : 1
Rated PG-13 for intense action violence.
Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Dragon, Fire Breathing Dragon, Fire, London, Post Apocalyptic
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Creature Film, Fantasy Adventure, Sci-Fi Action, Sci-Fi Disaster Film
Post-Apocalypse, Future Barbarians, Mythical Creatures, Haunted By the Past
Visceral, Menacing, Grim, Rousing, Gloomy
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1, 2, 3
Count - Awards
US Box Office
UK, Ireland, USA
Country Of Origin
UK, Ireland, USA
Reign of Fire (2002) is an action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler, and Izabella Scorupco. It takes place in the year 2020 in England, after dragons have reawakened. The film grossed about $82 million on a $60 million budget.
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In 2008 during construction on the London Underground, workers penetrate a underground cave in which a huge hibernating dragon awakens, incinerating the construction workers. The only survivor is 12-year-old Quinn Abercromby (Ben Thornton) whose mother, Karen (Alice Krige), was crew chief on the project. She is crushed while protecting Quinn as the dragon made its way to the surface. The dragon flies out and suddenly dragons begin appearing, multiplying rapidly. It is shown through various newspaper clippings anda voiceover that scientists discovered that dragons are a lost species that are responsible for the dinosaurs' extinction by burning them all to ash. The speculation was that dragons instinctually hibernate after destroying most of the earth's living creatures, waiting until the Earth repopulates. In the months and years following the awakening of the dragons, humanity tried to resist using the their combined military might, including nuclear weapons, but this only hastened the planets destruction, and within only a few years, human civilisation worldwide was almost entirely wiped out.
Twelve years later, in 2020, Quinn (Christian Bale) leads a community of survivors living in a castle in Northumberland. The survivors are starving, though, while waiting for their crops to ripen. While many trust Quinn's leadership, some are becoming restless and openly defiant. While everyone is asleep, Eddie (David Kennedy) steals a truck to take his group to harvest tomatoes. Picking the crops too early won't allow the seeds to germinate so they can be used the next season. The group is attacked by a lone dragon, one is killed and the rest are surrounded by fire. They are rescued by Quinn, Creedy (Gerard Butler), and Jared (Scott Moutter) using old fire engines and firesuits. But while trying to escape, the dragon kills Eddie's son, who was manning a water cannon.
Later, an army of Americans, the Kentucky Irregulars, arrive, led by Denton Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey), including a Chieftain tank and an Agusta A109 helicopter, piloted by Alex Jensen (Izabella Scorupco). Van Zan and his heavily armed soldiers have an elaborate tracking system to hunt dragons. Quinn is initially distrustful and surprised that anyone can kill dragons. After an intense discussion, Van Zan convinces Quinn to cooperate. Working together, Quinn and Van Zan kill the dragon that destroyed the crops.
The inhabitants of the castle celebrate, only to be chastised by Van Zan, who lost three men in the hunt. Later, Van Zan tells Quinn that all the dragons they have encountered have been female. They have also found that all females carry unfertilized eggs and that their metabolism is so high that they live only a few months. The Americans believe there is only one male and that if they kill it the species will be unable to reproduce. Quinn knows about the male dragon since it is the one that killed his mother. He refuses to help since the male has attacked and destroyed any group who went after it before.
Van Zan orders his soldiers to shanghai the best men at the castle. Quinn becomes enraged and attacks Van Zan, but loses the fight. Quinn announces that if Van Zan's group finds the male it will kill them
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