"Is this gonna be a stand up fight, sir, or another bug hunt?"

Reign of Fire has really, really good dragons. The effects are fantastic. The sets are full of Road Warrior-y goodness. There are a bunch of interesting ideas. Matthew McConaughey's transformation from "Friends"-oid pretty-boy into cigar-chomping Sgt. Rock clone is impressive.

But there's not really much plot, and the ending is anticlimactic and kind of dull.

I was really hoping this would be more of a scifi movie than just a bug hunt, since there seemed to be a lot of science-oriented dialog in the previews about dragon physiology, etc. But there was very little of that, and pretty much all of it took the form of, "we had a guy who figured this out years ago; he's dead now."

If this movie had been based on a book, I would have guessed that the book was actually pretty good, and that they left those parts out. (Of course I probably would have been prejudiced against ever reading that book, it being about dragons and all.)

There's a scene near the beginning where someone is flipping through a scrapbook of the collapse of civilization, with headlines, and pictures of monuments in flames. That scene was about half a minute long. The movie should have been about that instead.

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4 Responses:

  1. Ripley: This little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no training, right?
    Hudson: So why don't you put her in charge?

  2. icis_machine says:

    it's was a bad movie? i'm shocked.
    i can't believe you went to that movie. i'm ashamed of christian bale being in that movie.
    on the upside, you did see "point break" this week.

  3. decklin says:

    The movie should have been about that instead.

    Exactly what I was thinking. Or even just *showing* how McConaughey's character figured out what he knew, instead of just alluding to it and letting us infer the rest from watching them take down one (one!) dragon before the not-so-scifi climax.

    But then I wasn't expecting anything good, this was just "let's go see a dumb action movie and make fun of it." Which worked pretty well.

  4. g_na says:

    I just got back from seeing Reign Of Fire. I went not expecting anything; while the story was both lacking and flawed, they did a really nice job with the dragons (although they looked more like wyverns to me, but I digress). The writers do get a brownie point for (mostly) not delving into a sappy love story.

    The movie should have been about that instead.
    I agree completely.