Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire

Rob Bowman (2001)

12 Certificate


Our Score
If it weren't for the dragons, this far-fetched fantasy would have drowned in its own mediocrity. A skeletal, anticlimactic mess from Rob Bowman, director of The X-Files movie, it relies totally on its mythological flying fire-breathers to carry the film. The action is set in the near future, where these scaly monsters have overrun the world after being inadvertently unleashed by London Underground workers. While restricted to a handful of repetitious set pieces, the dragons' impressive presence is welcome relief from the laboured structure and a plot that's full of holes. In comparison, the actors are mere colourless support, with performances that range from hammy (Christian Bale) to simply wooden (Gerard Butler). The sole spark of humanity comes from Matthew McConaughey, whose gung-ho glee brings a hint of excitement and adventure to this hugely unsatisfying feature.


In the aftermath of decades of apocalyptic attacks by dragons, small pockets of survivors try to stave off the scaly fire-breathers. However, the meagre remains of the world's heavy artillery are not enough to stop them, so a small group of people joins forces with a zealous dragon slayer in a final bid to save the world from destruction. Fantasy adventure, with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey.

Cast & Crew

Quinn Abercromby Christian Bale
Denton Van Zan Matthew McConaughey
Alex Jensen Izabella Scorupco
Dave Creedy Gerard Butler
Jared Wilke Scott James Moutter
Eddie Stax David Kennedy
Ajay Alexander Siddig
Barlow Ned Dennehy
Devon Rory Keenan
Gideon Terence Maynard
Karen Abercromby Alice Krige
Director Rob Bowman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Aug 2002