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2002
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction Fanasy Adventure
Directed By: Rob Bowman
Running Time: 1:48
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
REIGN OF FIRE

 

Ah, the trailer says, in the year 2084, but the movie takes place in the year 2020, but that's not the good. It's a mere fault in this movie. Now, Rob Bowman gives us a very sleek and highly visual world of dragons and war. We get to see the cool looking dragons as they take over the world. Possibly, the best part of the movie, if any, is when the remaining survivors take on the King Dragon. A tried effort. I was looking forward to this when I first saw the trailer in the theatres; unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The movie gives us a promise we'll enjoy this by shooting a great efx scene, but soon we're let down.

First off, we get the idea this is a movie about Dragons, but we barely ever see the winged titans, and when we do they're poorly created and are about as three-dimensional as a piece of paper. We never get to see the dragons in their element, so we never feel truly threatened by them. In Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs had some depth which made them threatening. They are but a small backdrop in here giving the characters a purpose. The plot is paper thin with just a small motive: Kill all the dragons. I can imagine when the screenwriters turned in the plot synopsis for this.

Anyways, the dragons aren't the only one-dimensional aspects of this film. The movie poses as a colossal waste of true acting talent as the actors stumble around from the terrible dialogue and almost nonsensical ramblings. Christian Bale is great in most of his movies, but in here he seems tired and unmotivated, Matthew McConaughey basically serves no true purpose other than to growl and walk around looking like a Vin Diesel wannabe. The other characters have no depth to them and are really there just to be killed by the dragons. The movie is loud, clunky and at time s-o-o-o dull. The visuals are sub-par, pedestrian and far from impressive and the scenery is dull grimy and wasted.

All in all, a waste of acting talent, special effects and money, this is a fiasco of monumental proportions. Guys will love this, a general audience will hate it. Try other Dragon & post-apocalyptic movies suggested on left.

 

 

 


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