Reign of Fire (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet.




  • Rob Bowman in Reign of Fire (2002)
  • Matthew McConaughey in Reign of Fire (2002)
  • Matthew McConaughey (second from left) chats with the crew during a break in filming. Directed by Rob Bowman.
  • Director Rob Bowman ("The X-Files" movie) envisions a scene with Christian Bale.
  • Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey).
  • The Special Effects crew operates the Dragon's Breath, which provided the real-life fire on the set.

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22 July 2002 | Agent10
| An interesting step for science fiction
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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Release Date:

12 July 2002



Country of Origin

USA, UK, Ireland

Filming Locations

Black Castle, Wicklow, Ireland

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,632,281 14 July 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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