Reign of Fire

Now some movies don’t age well, they become dated, and they get worse over time.

Other movie like Reign of Fire, just get better.

When the movie came out in 2002, it was pretty cool. You’d have probably heard the movie described like this:

“The world has been all fucked up by dragons, like they totally burnt everything and ate everyone and stuff. Christian Bale, you know that guy from American Psycho, he’s got a band of survivors living out of an old castle in the English countryside just trying to survive. Matthew McConaughey shows up as this dude Van Zan, he’s a bald, American dragon hunter; they fight some dragons and it’s pretty cool.”

And it is. It’s a pretty cool movie. It takes a concept that seems a little far fetched, and grounds it with a decent sense of realism. The times are hard, life sucks, people are starvin’ and dragons are flying around fucking everyone’s shit all up. There’s not very much comedy in the post-dragon apocalypse. The movie takes itself seriously and never overstays its welcome. The plot moves along, the characters are pretty decent, and it has some of the best dragons ever put on film.

There’s a number of really awesome dragon scenes in this movie. There’s a scene where the use guys jumping out of a helicopter as dragon bait. So yeah I know it isn’t the smartest sounding idea, but it’s pretty cool none the less. There’s fire and explosions and honestly it’s the best movie McConaughey has ever made.

That's Right, It's The Guy From Dazed and Confused

His Van Zan is so awesome. Like I want to have his babies awesome. He shows up in the movie riding a tank, rides right up to Christian Bale’s castle and is like “Let me the fuck in, I kill dragons!”. Christian Bale is like, “um how bout no” to which Van Zan responds with a bit of the crazy eye, and then says “We can do this easy, or we can do this real easy“.

He then spends the rest of the movie being super badass. Like the two things he carries with him when fighting dragons: Shotgun and a battle axe.

Alright so that’s what the movie was like in 2002.

It’s 2010 now. The movie has just gotten better.

When you describe the movie to people nowadays it’s a lot easier:

“DUDE HOLY SHIT! THAT MOVIE’S AWESOME! IT’S LIKE BATMAN AND KING LEONIDAS AND THIS BALD GUY WHO SUCKS IN SOME OTHER MOVIES BUT IS TOTALLY AWESOME IN THIS ONE FIGHTING DRAGONS. IT’S PRETTY SWEET.

Wait? What? Leonidas? Yeah Gerard Butler is in the movie, just nobody noticed back in 2002.

But now in 2010:

Yeah, it’s even cooler now.

Ok so Christian Bale does yell a little but never goes full on Batman Voice, which is a plus. Gerard Butler doesn’t even get a chance to yell anything about Sparta, but he is Christian Bale’s buddy, and Matthew McConaughey is still the most badass guy in the movie.

But really, McConaughey attempts to kill the biggest dragon in the movie in mid air with a battle axe, It might be the coolest thing ever.

Reign of Fire is a solid movie that has not just held up over the past few years, it’s gotten even better.

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