Reign of Fire 2002

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Long before they were Oscar bait, Christian Bale and Matthey McCounaughey slaved away on the factory floor on wonderful tosh like Rob Bowman’s fire-breathing dragon epic Reign of Fire. The character names tell you all you need to know about the credibility of the enterprise; they play Quinn Abercomby and Denton Van Zan respectively, two men in a futuristic England who battle with the plague of dragons that has reduced humanity to a whimper. Pre-Sparta Gerald Butler provides gruff support, and there’s some neat in-jokes, including a call-back to The Empire Strike Back. The action scenes are as big and meaty as the cast; Reign of Fire probably won’t be at the top of their CV’s, but all three actors bring gravity to a ludicrously daft slice of incendiary hokum.

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