Tuesday, 1 December 2020

REIGN OF FIRE, 29/11/20





Twenty years after a young Quinn witnesses the awakening of an enormous fire-breathing dragon from hibernation and leading its offspring into the world, which has been scarred as a result, he has become a fire chief and is responsible for warding the beasts off and keeping a community alive. A hotshot American, Van Zan, enters into his life and claims he has a way to kill the dragons.



Run Time

One hour, Forty Two minutes (1h, 42m)

Movie Rating


Age Rating

12 (Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Thriller)


Quinn Abercromby – Christian Bale
Young Quinn – Ben Thornton
Gerard Butler - Creedy
Denton Van Zan – Matthew McConaughey
Alex Jensen – Izabella Scorupco
Karen Abercromby – Alice Krige
Jared Wilke – Scott Moutter
Eddie Stax – David Kennedy
Ajay – Alexander Siddig
Barlow – Ned Dennehy
Devon – Rory Keenan
Gideon – Terence Maynard
Goosh – Doug Cockle
Burke – Randall Carlton
Mead – Chris Kelly
“Kid” – Jack Gleeson (Uncredited?)

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the UK’s lockdown is expected to end on 02/12/20 after which it will then move into a “tiered” system, Moderna’s vaccine final results against COVID-19 currently stand at 94% after alleged to be 100% effective and Brexit “talks” are still ongoing, with the British Government or Boris Johnson still claiming they are “well placed” to walk away with a No Deal, which contradicts the media claiming that two percent will be wiped off the UK economy. “Face-palm”

The current list of countries on and added to the travel corridor list for England includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, The Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, The Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greek Islands: Corfu/Crete/Kos/Rhodes/Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel/Jerusalem, Japan, Laos, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pacific Islands: Federated States of Micronesia/Kiribati/Samoa/Solomon Islands/Tonga/Vanuatu, Pitcairn/Henderson/Ducie/Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands, St Barthélemy, St Helena/Ascension/Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turks/Caicos Islands, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, and Vietnam. If you are travelling to a country not on the list, you must self isolate for 14 days.

Review: So this movie is one that slipped through the cracks, but remained on my mind every time I happened to see the title. On a chance encounter, I finally remembered that I needed to watch it, and lo and behold, I was at the right place and right time to finally watch it. And I was not disappointed. The cast look very different today (Who knew that Christian Bale would headline the greatest superhero trilogy in The Dark Knight just three years later? Or a certain extra in this movie would become the hated Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones?)

Now, I like dragons (Smaug, anyone?) and am usually tempted to watch them on television or in the cinema (I was lured to watch Merlin on BBC because of Kilgharrah). Reign of Fire adds its own spin to dragon lore, going back to the age of dinosaurs, with the dragons given a very realistic look. The setting of the movie, especially the year, may be nostalgic to some (Certainly took me by surprise). The story looks like it could be told from different angles, should a sequel be commissioned, much like the end-credits of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, although Christian Bale may or may not be cast, given the movie’s ending.

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