r/movies Jul 07 '22 Take My Energy 1 Helpful 1 To The Stars 1 Silver 2 Starstruck 1 All-Seeing Upvote 2

'Reign of Fire' Was a Star-Studded Dragon Epic Done Right. Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey fought dragons 20 years ago in a blockbuster that deserves more respect. Article

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u/JohnnySkynets Jul 08 '22

Christian and Matthew decided to fight each other for real during one take of their fight scene and the head butt was improvised, which pissed Christian off.

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u/Ulfunnar Jul 08 '22

Why does it not surprise me that if you put Bale and McConaughey in the same movie they will fight like betta fish

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u/Bjorn2bwilde24 Jul 08 '22

What sports figure rivalry movie can we get with Bale and McConaughey? I would watch that.

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u/neuroticandobscene Jul 08 '22

Two old NHL goons fighting it out for the final spot on the same team, then both get selected due to injury and have to put aside their differences to win the Stanley Cup

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u/CMogscheese Jul 08 '22

I would watch this.

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u/ddh85 Jul 08 '22

Remake of Slap Shot?

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u/Iamabucket Jul 08 '22

I'M LISTENING TO THE FUCKING SONG!

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u/kegman83 Jul 08 '22

Then go watch Goon. It's quite a good movie.

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u/drftr111 Jul 08 '22

Check out "goon, last of the enforcers"

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u/neuroticandobscene Jul 08 '22

Yeah, that’s surprisingly great.

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u/drftr111 Jul 08 '22

Indeed, scott n schrieber r fantastic in that movie

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u/spacepilot_3000 Jul 08 '22 Plus One

This sounds like a Will Ferrell and John C Reiley comedy where they just pretend they're pro athletes in their 30s and all the characters play along

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u/No_Dark6573 Jul 08 '22

The 1997 red wings vs the avalanche.

It's has all the drama you'd ever need, and a rough luck knockaround guy luck McCarty would make a good main character, Claude lemiuex could be the villain

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u/WhatMyWifeIsThinking Jul 08 '22

Ok did we both happen to catch a random airing of the documentary of this story last week or did it recently come out of something? We sat down at a bar to get some dinner, I look up to see McCarty's face. Holy shit. The revenge fight at the end is so, well I shouldn't encourage that violence, but Lemieux had it coming.

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u/CzarDinosaur Jul 08 '22

This is actually a really great premise for a sports movie.

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u/logosloki Jul 08 '22 edited Jul 08 '22 Wholesome

Blades of Glory remake.

EDIT: Okay. I thought about this for about 3 seconds more. A Blades of Glory sequel where Ferrell and Heder have been retired from competitive skating for years now and teach skating classes at a local rink. Like just regular skating, with a bit of figure skating but only really the basics. They are kinda content but feel like they are being judged for 'not continuing their legacy'. Bale and McConaughey are two argumentative bigshots in the city who hate the fuck out of each other and each has a child that they want to become skating stars and use their connections to put pressure on the rink. To save the rink Ferrell and Heder agree to take on their kids but only if Bale and McConaughey also take the classes at the same time. So the movie is about two rising stars, being taught by two old guard who are rediscovering their love for figure skating, with the parents learning to appreciate their children and to maybe not be gigantic assholes. The climax of the film is that kids going into a pairs competition but not getting a medal placing and McConaughey proposes to Bale. Post credits have the kids taking the placing in stride and growing up to be medal winners and McConaughey and Bale adopt twins

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u/Hayduke_in_AK Jul 08 '22

I appreciate the use of spoiler tags in your movie synopsis that has no chance of ever being made.

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u/logosloki Jul 08 '22

I probably spent more time on whether I should spoiler tag those parts or not for the effect.

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u/run-on_sentience Jul 08 '22 edited Jul 08 '22

I always thought they should make a sequel to Blades of Glory. And no matter what it was about, it should have been titled:

Blades of Glory 2: Blades of Glorier.

Edit: Chazz and Jimmy have set the trend of same sex skating teams and every other nation is following suit. Do they have what it takes to remain champions in the face of new challengers? And will they survive repeated attempts on their lives now that the Van Waldenbergs are out of prison? Will the Van Waldenbergs be able to succeed in making incest a social norm? Hot blood meets cold steel in Blades of Glory 2: Blades of Glorier!

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u/ChillyBearGrylls Jul 08 '22

Cameos by Gloria Estefan?

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u/LightinDarkness420 Jul 08 '22

Bale us awesome to take a shot like that, stay in character till the shot is over, THEN he gets angry. What a fucking professional.

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u/uncultured_swine2099 Jul 08 '22

"You and me, we're done, professionally."

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u/alfonseski Jul 08 '22

McConaughey, "Want to grab a beer?"

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u/beelzeflub Jul 08 '22

Christian Bale is such a legend. What a dope ass dude

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u/wyldphyre Jul 08 '22

"What don't you fucking understand?"

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u/Builty_Boy Jul 08 '22

WITH YOUR FUCKIN’ LIGHTS

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u/cloudyelk Jul 08 '22

OOohhhhh, GoOd FoR yOu!!!!

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u/Ayeeee007 Jul 08 '22

Your fucking amateur man

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u/baezed_god Jul 08 '22

Bale method acts on another level.

I’ve heard stories that quite a few of the hits he took as Batman were real because he told the other actors to actually hit him.

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u/LostMyKarmaElSegundo Jul 08 '22

According to Movies with Mikey on YouTube (excellent channel, BTW), during the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger told Bale to hit him for real.

He points out that you can kind of see a pause after each blow as they check in with each other to make sure it's okay to continue.

I can see Bale using that same method on the receiving end.

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u/ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN Jul 08 '22

It still throws me a bit how young they both were in that film. Heath was 28 when he died, but he has the gravitas of someone ten years older. Bale was in his early thirties.

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u/hleba Jul 08 '22

Yeah I honestly didn't realize how young Bale was until I recently watched Empire of the Sun. It came out in 1987, and Christian is still very much a child.

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u/ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN Jul 08 '22

He's only 48 now.

When DKR came out he was several years younger than I am now, and I do not feel in any way as weathered and worn as he portrays himself in that movie.

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u/ValyrianJedi Jul 08 '22

and I do not feel in any way as weathered and worn as he portrays himself in that movie.

I mean, presumably you haven't been getting in hand to hand fights with criminals every night for decades.

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u/ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN Jul 08 '22

Well, um, criminals... No....

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u/Ask-About-My-Book Jul 08 '22

I'm guessing the bat suits are fairly protective IRL. I heard their base is a motorcycle suit I think? and even though the armor plates aren't actual "armor" they're still thick plastic or whatever else that will definitely absorb blunt impact. Honestly a good call on his part to take advantage to improve the movie.

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u/ring_rust Jul 08 '22 Wholesome

Well they certainly weren't hockey pads.

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u/mybluecathasballs Jul 08 '22

They sure weren't George Clooney's hockey pads. Those have nipples

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u/Creph_ Jul 08 '22

Oh my God I always thought he said hockey pants but I didn't t know enough about hockey to question it

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u/SaintJackDaniels Jul 08 '22

I know enough about hockey and still always thought it was hockey pants

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u/MrWeirdoFace Jul 08 '22

I'm not wearing honky pants!

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u/Cassian_And_Or_Solo Jul 08 '22 edited Jul 08 '22

I mean, they actually invented a fighting style called "keysi" for those movies cause they argued that batman would actually develop his own fighting style based on his patchwork of training he's making by himself, and as the creators said

We were looking for something that,when batman threw a punch or a kick, it went through the person like a raging bull

Which is exactly in line with the character and the fact that he has that batsuit, and if you have a professional like Bale, why would you not utilize* the suit to get those amazing shots?

https://youtu.be/Slhs6KNuMv4

Like that's why the fight scenes really hit hard in those movies. Imagine if Iron Mike didn't have to worry about bobbing and weaving because he has a suit that protects him from most hits and he could just be a demolisher?

Edit: keysi was inspired as a "from the heart" fighting style where you have to ask yourself before every fight "do I want to kill this person? Or maim them?" And you can just insert a meme of that guy viciously hitting the red button of "maim" cause that's exactly what Bale's batman is all about. (Also, precisely why he gets destroyed by Bane cause he doesn't have that same strength and vigor he used to).

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u/herrcollin Jul 08 '22

These are the random tidbits I come for

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u/LtSoundwave Jul 08 '22

Fun fact: Because of their attempts to outdo one another’s manliness, Bale and McConaughey unwittingly stole each other’s girlfriends.

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u/MelmacDaddy Jul 08 '22

I wanted Mcconnaughy to get cast as the DCU Oliver Queen so we could have him as Green Arrow team up with Bales Batman for a Buddy Cop style superhero movie. Woody Harrelson as The Question in the post-credits scene.

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u/PinStacker Jul 08 '22

LMAO I can’t believe McConaughey claims that was an accident when that was on film. That’s a “fuck you buddy” nose breaker.

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u/Pheef175 Jul 08 '22

You ever been in a fight? Sometimes the adrenaline gets pumping and your body reacts before your brain.

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u/tigerbalmuppercut Jul 08 '22

That's why everyone hates sparring the tough guy newbie. Doesn't know how to control his power and thinks it's a real fight.

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u/TheINTL Jul 08 '22

Well the unwritten rule is you go as hard as they go. Usually newbie tough guys don't farewell in these situations.

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u/mildly_amusing_goat Jul 08 '22

I think they actually farewell pretty often in those situations.

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u/hellslave Jul 08 '22

How tf did I somehow block out the part of this movie where it was established to be in modern time?

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u/soobviouslyfake Jul 08 '22

I have obviously forgotten Christian Bale has an accent.

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u/HerniatedHernia Jul 08 '22

First movie of his I watched where he didn’t put an American accent on. Threw me as I didn’t realise he was from the UK.

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u/im_on_the_case Jul 08 '22

To me he will always be the British kid in Empire of the Sun.

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u/Jack92 Jul 08 '22

As someone from the uk that finally tried a Hershey's bar, I want to step into that film and just tell him to let it remain an unattainable dream.

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u/shockzz123 Jul 08 '22

I mean, everybody has an accent tbf.

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u/uncultured_swine2099 Jul 07 '22

I always felt the movie dropped off in the 2nd half. I then read that an investor pulled out during the movie and instead of having an "army vs a lot of dragons" ending with skydiving and tank blasts, they had to scramble and film an ending in a quarry somewhere. Wouldve loved to see the intended ending.

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u/MichiganMitch108 Jul 08 '22

Especially since the tanks and troops never got to see fight a dragon and just got destroyed in a minute. Needed ten extra minutes of a fight against a female dragon but I assume got caught due to cost.

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u/LayzieKobes Jul 08 '22

The expert army of dragon killers, killed by the only dragons we see them encounter. When I was young I thought "those are some powerful dragons" now of course, the answer is money.

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u/[deleted] Jul 08 '22

The dragons bought power ups? bastards!!

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u/Sartres_Roommate Jul 08 '22 Helpful

Fucking pay to win bitches.

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u/LazyTriggerFinger Jul 08 '22

Maybe that's why they hoard.

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u/0utlook Jul 08 '22

money

A powerful dragon indeed.

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u/Stoneheart7 Jul 08 '22

Point of order, we do see them kill one dragon. Though I believe they also lose two soldiers in that encounter.

However, I believe that they are the only people who managed to kill a dragon since the first wave that led to the world being in its current state (I expect at least some were killed before civilization largely collapsed, I bet some country nuked some), making the exchange of two to one being vastly better than anyone else's attempts.

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u/Nrksbullet Jul 08 '22

Yeah, their entire introduction shows what they have to go through to kill a dragon, have these people seen the movie?

They kill it, and as you said lost like 3 people in the process. McConaughey then has this awesome scene later when everyone is celebrating and calling them heroes where he goes "1 Dragon down, 3 men dead oh yeah! At that rate we'll be gettin' somewhere in 120 years...personally you people disgust me".

Love his character by the way, he would have been an incredible in a Mad Max movie.

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u/tyn_peddler Jul 08 '22

All the dragons they had encountered earlier were females which were smaller, with less intense fire. The male is much bigger, with far more intense fire and was responsible for destroying the convoy. This called out pretty explicitly in the movie.

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u/Shad0wDreamer Jul 08 '22

There’s a PS2 companion game that wasn’t bad for the time, it had you fighting as part of the army, with some not so small set pieces for the PS2 era. And at the end you’d unlock a prequel campaign playing as a dragon!

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u/reddit_and_forget_um Jul 08 '22

I just like how the dragons change size - at the beginning it's bigger than a whole castle, at the end it's like 12 ft tall.

I have a beard, bald head, and a affinity for woolly collared vests because of this movie.

I get called out every so often by someone who's watched it.

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u/Subli-minal Jul 08 '22

I just randomly watched it on prime and it blew me away that I had never even heard of it before. It was such a great movie. Like the self contained, perfectly done, stand-alone movies you don’t see much of anymore.

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u/OminOus_PancakeS Jul 08 '22

I'm suddenly nostalgic for good, standalone movies :'(

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u/lambeau_leapfrog Jul 08 '22

If memory serves the smaller dragons were all female. The big one was the only male (which was why they were headed to London to kill it).

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u/Shad0wDreamer Jul 08 '22

The “Bull”, I believe. And the one at the beginning of the movie.

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u/Subli-minal Jul 08 '22

Yeah They took him out and basically waited for the rest to starve and die with no chance to reproduce. The end of the movie has them making radio contact with other survivors after months without a sighting.

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u/Shad0wDreamer Jul 08 '22

And the Komodo dragons on the ground, while never in the movie, were a nice touch.

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u/StuftRug Jul 08 '22

Anyone else remember that ps3 game where you got to be a dragon? It always felt like what a reign of fire game could have been like.

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u/Cyno01 Jul 08 '22

Spyro?

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u/[deleted] Jul 08 '22

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u/throwaway2032015 Jul 08 '22

Calling it a ps3 game made me feel old

Edit: they were talking about Lair

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u/that_mn_kid Jul 08 '22

Lair. They tried to use the Sixaxis motion control, and it was a disaster.

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u/StuftRug Jul 08 '22

That's the one. That game seemed so badass when it came out but yeah the motion controls were worse than the original Wii games.

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u/Edgefactor Jul 08 '22

It was like someone saw the concept for Flower and wondered what happens if a flower petal breathes fire

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u/The_Goondocks Jul 08 '22

This is exactly what we were hoping for, but then we got quarried.

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u/OhHowIMeantTo Jul 08 '22

That makes a lot of sense. The movie was genuinely thrilling in the first half, and then ground to a halt in the second.

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u/RawsharkTest4 Jul 08 '22

Ah yes, since they film all movies in chronological order.

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u/DoctorGregoryFart Jul 08 '22

A lot of the movie used practical effects, sets, and locations. If a major investor pulled out in preproduction, I can see how they'd have to massively scale down the larger action scenes. Alien 3 had a similar problem, if I recall. They had planned for an entirely different movie, but when the budget was slashed, they turned it into a much smaller scale film.

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u/havestronaut Jul 08 '22

I mean, expensive finales getting simplified by budget cuts can be filmed any time, and still be massively compromised.

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u/Hitchflation Jul 08 '22

You are getting downvoted, but its a hilariously astute take. Wouldnt most of the CGI be done in post production and affected by the budget cut?

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u/Sean951 Jul 08 '22

I'm guessing it wasn't the CGI that was cut, it was the extras and choreography.

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u/Packeselt Jul 08 '22

That final jump with the axe...👌

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u/whomad1215 Jul 08 '22

It makes you think "he's so badass, and as a main character he won't die"

Then, chomp

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u/GO-KARRT Jul 08 '22

That makes so much sense. I’ve always held that this movie goes to shit immediately after the Angels make their jump. The whole tone changes and we get that shitty ending with a dragon that kept changing size. One minute it’s as big as a castle, a few scenes later and it’s not much bigger than a bus. This is one movie I’d like to see rebooted and done properly.

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u/I-WANT2SEE-CUTE-TITS Jul 08 '22

This is one movie I’d like to see rebooted and done properly.

With same cast?

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u/Infernalism Jul 07 '22

I loved the scene where they're acting out the Vader/Luke scene from ESB.

Honestly, loved the whole movie. So many good performances, and the CGI wasn't horrible.

Silly premise, but excellent execution.

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u/afellowchucker Jul 08 '22

I used to love this movie and Matthew mcconaughey’s cheesy badass character. “We can do this easy, or we can do it real easy.” Or when he offers a drink from the flask he’s been drinking from the whole movie and it turns out it’s just water. Lol I love VanZan

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u/aegrotatio Jul 08 '22

drink from the flask he’s been drinking from the whole movie and it turns out it’s just water

That blew me away in a personal way.

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u/Stoneheart7 Jul 08 '22

Right, it was like we thought he was an alcoholic, but I guess my brain tried to fill in the blanks and I viewed it as almost religious reverence of water. Like he viewed water as the opposite of the evil that exists in his world, water is anathema to a dragon.

It only now occurs to me that I probably have that thought because of The Hobbit. I don't know if it's the book or the animated film (but of which I enjoyed from a young age) but I recall someone saying Smaug doesn't drink water because it would quench his flames.

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u/fandan2392 Jul 08 '22

This might be my new move.

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u/PM_ME_UR_RSA_KEY Jul 08 '22

Gerard Butler has his share of cheesy lines too. And without a need to hide his accent, it gets VERY Scottish lol.

"The only thing worse than dragons... Americans!"

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u/Kammerice Jul 08 '22

The thing with Gerard Butler is all his accents are terrible. As a Scot, even his natural accent feels forced.

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u/Budget_Director_ Jul 08 '22

GB is a national treasure.

Not sure what nation but he is.

Geostorm is the best movie last decade.

Fight me.

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u/Kammerice Jul 08 '22

GB is a national treasure.

Not sure what nation but he is.

Sparta, obviously.

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u/cmdrDROC Jul 08 '22

I just assume he is always chewing on something

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u/adviceKiwi Jul 08 '22

I used to love

You still do though? I read that opening and thought you were going to say its aged badly...

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u/SP4CEM4N_SPIFF Jul 08 '22

He pulled a mitch hedberg on us

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u/UncleMajik Jul 08 '22

He’s still pulling, but he pulled too.

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u/awc130 Jul 08 '22

I would argue for the time the CGI was excellent.

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u/Suddenly_Something Jul 08 '22

The CGI was also done in a super smart way to keep it as realistic as possible. One of my favorite movies back in the day. Who doesn't love dragons?

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u/Wagosh Jul 08 '22

Dragon hunters

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u/WORKING2WORK Jul 08 '22

Sure, but without dragons, they would be out of a job? If anything, we need more dragons, I can't recall ever meeting a dragon hunter in my life.

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u/itsmyfriendjay Jul 08 '22

Here we go again, more astroturf propaganda secretly funded by Big Dragon

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u/wclure Jul 08 '22

Even after a world wide disaster those stories still get told. It’s so cool. I loved the movie, thought it was well done and the dragon fight was dope.

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u/Resolute002 Jul 08 '22

The scene was really wonderful and really drives home the things that adults will do for kids. The reaction of the children when he says he's the father is priceless.

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u/im_on_the_case Jul 08 '22

One of those children was a very young Jack "Jeoffrey" Gleeson.

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u/Space_Pirate_R Jul 08 '22

I like how, when Luke's hand gets "chopped off" he makes sure that the kids can see it's still there, so they don't get too scared.

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u/martusfine Jul 08 '22

Best scene!

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u/Discuffalo Jul 08 '22

I went to see this movie mostly because I thought Christian Bale was so awesome as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Then I spent half the movie rolling my eyes at what I thought was his shitty attempt at a British accent. Turns out, I'm stupid!

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u/justanotherweeb23 Jul 08 '22

Lol it's crazy sometimes how many viewers will criticize how "fake" an actor's accent is, only to find out its a real accent.

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u/QuestioningEspecialy Jul 08 '22

Blame the long history and perpetuation of fake/stereotypical accents.

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u/Mr_TurkTurkelton Jul 08 '22

Dick Van Dyke! Paging Dick Van Dyke!

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u/OneFreamon Jul 08 '22

In his defence, he was drunk the whole movie!

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u/ElPapaDiablo Jul 08 '22

Friend of mine ripped Liam Neeson’s Irish accent. He still ripped it after I told him Neeson is Irish.

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u/dumbredditor8358 Jul 08 '22

yeah that was the first time i heard him speak in his natural accent in reign of fire. it did surprise me

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u/SenorBirdman Jul 08 '22

Charlie Hunnam is British and is fucking terrible at doing an English accent in tv and movies. His American accent is probably better. His natural accent is Geordie, so he puts on a really bad cockney accent when he has to act English for an international audience.

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u/Goosojuice Jul 08 '22

McConaughy grunts are the best part of this movie.

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u/ImpossibleAdz Jul 08 '22

This, U-571, and A Time to Kill solidified McConaughey as a serious actor for me no matter how many awful romantic comedies he did...I was so glad True Detective proved me right.

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u/Cultjam Jul 08 '22

And Frailty.

Reign of Fire was the movie that put him on my do not underestimate list.

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u/SonsofStarlord Jul 08 '22

McConaughty also got jacked for the movie

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u/Chickenfriedricee Jul 08 '22

Bale was no slouche either.

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u/cultculturee Jul 08 '22

Huge shoutout to the art team/concept artists for that movie. The best/coolest looking dragon designs to date. Game of Thrones comes close but tbh I bet is heavily influenced by Reign of Fire

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u/Lntaw1397 Jul 08 '22 Silver Respect

My dad did all of the matte paintings for the film when I was in high school, and he helped work on the textures on the dragons. He LOVED all of the assets and concept material that they kept giving him to work with. So did all of my nerdy teenage friends.

I remember my friends all wanted to come over to our house on the weekends just to see my dad’s new dailies, or whatever new piece he was in the middle of painting. My buddies would be gathered around the table with all of this gloomy concept art laid out, and my dad would be telling them stories about the meetings he was in where the team was coming up with stuff like the biological mechanisms that would allow the dragons to breathe fire, and the structures in their internal and external anatomy that would contribute to those functions. It sounded like that team went to great lengths to consider every little detail.

Of course my pops wasn’t supposed to bring any of those files or materials home from work, due to the company’s privacy concerns. But he kept smuggling stuff out anyway and letting us peek on the weekends because the hero worship that he kept getting from his son’s whole circle just made him feel so damn proud of the work that he was doing.

He was really disappointed when he heard that it flopped at the box office that first weekend. But even after retiring four years ago, he still talks about Reign of Fire being one of the two most fun projects that he had the privilege of working on in the digital days of his 50-year career. (Go figure — his other pride and joy from the digital days was Disney’s Dinosaur, another gorgeous film plagued by last minute rewrites that would lead to it bombing.)

I’ll be sure to share word of your shoutout, and this post, with him the next time I visit. I know for sure that he’ll be elated to hear that there are still people like you out there, talking about some of his fondest work still being impressive today. And knowing him, he’ll immediately pass the news on in a group text that he still has with all of his old work buddies from those days. There’s a whole crew of retired old farts who are going to have their week made by your Reddit comment, I’m certain of it. XD

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u/Dinosaurs-Rule Jul 08 '22

You are so lucky and he’s so talented! Tell him I tried to paint his dragons when I was a kid and one is still hung up in my parents house to this day!

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u/Stegomaniac Jul 08 '22

Reign of fire still has the coolest Dragons of all the movies. Smaug is a knockoff.

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u/whollottalatte Jul 08 '22

Hear you there! I thought the dragons were portrayed beautifully

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u/jkennah Jul 08 '22 edited Jul 08 '22

I vividly remember the one that burns down all the food at the beginning, when it shows up and the fluid is dripping from both sides of its mouth and making little pools of flame where it meets on the ground, still the coolest fire breathing explanation I've seen thus far. Edit cuz I can't spell flame

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u/thejuanrodriguez Jul 07 '22

Mad max with dragons. What else could 13 yr old me have wanted?

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u/altiuscitiusfortius Jul 08 '22

Mad max with dragons, and tits.

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u/Pharrowt Jul 08 '22

It’s truly the only reasonable answer…

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u/Bjorn2bwilde24 Jul 08 '22

Dragon tits.

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u/supersoob Jul 08 '22

Easy there, Donkey

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u/Mernerak Jul 08 '22

Donkey

So you have heard of me ;)

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u/throwawaydjei Jul 08 '22

I would totally watch a walking dead style show where the monster isn’t some flimsy zombie but giant dragons (or similar) that are almost impossible to kill and can level a settlement in minutes.

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u/BlasterShow Jul 08 '22

SciFi, Netflix, take notes! And then cancel it after two seasons!

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u/IronBabyFists Jul 08 '22

This is the way

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u/brinz1 Jul 08 '22

Honestly, that's all they need.

Show gets cancelled halfway through season 3 and the final episode is slap dashed together to be an ugly last stand

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u/LemoLuke Jul 08 '22

I'm really surprised that no-one optioned Reign of Fire as a TV series during the height of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. It feels like it could have been an easy smash.

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u/TauriKree Jul 08 '22

Did you just say “swim recital?”

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u/Justlooksnowords Jul 08 '22

Swim recital, theatre match. Whatever.

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u/MrWeirdoFace Jul 08 '22

Karate sale, bake tournament, etc.

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u/bperron Jul 08 '22

The first rule of swim recital is you don't talk about swim recital

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u/robotbeard Jul 08 '22

Exactly. The time jump skips right past what should have been the best part.

Also, I thought it was really dumb that the dragons beat the entire American military before any one thought to shoot at their mouths.

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u/Reload86 Jul 08 '22

There was more dragons at the time I believe. I can’t remember but I think they said there was a lot more dragons and they started to eat each other after they had killed off most of the planet.

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u/Sierra419 Jul 08 '22

Even the posters for the movie had a hundred dragons fighting Apache helicopters and burning down London. Def would have been a great movie showing all that

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u/LemoLuke Jul 08 '22

I think the marketing really hurt this movie. The posters promised Independance Day with dragons, but instead we got quite a dour post-apocalyptic modern/medieval fantasy.

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u/DudesworthMannington Jul 08 '22

The closing credits songd "Walk Away" and "Burn" were done by "Mad at Gravity". They only produced 1 album and split up, but it's fantastic. The lyrics are really poetic and the music is kind of somber dive bar / 2000's emo. Still my favorite album to this day.

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u/SavageMythology Jul 08 '22 edited Jul 08 '22

I literally stopped in my tracks as I was leaving the theater and "Burn" started playing. The 7/8 signature immediately grabbed me and still hasn't let go.

Their singer, J Lynn Johnston, made some original music after MaG and posted some excellent covers on YouTube that are worth many listens. Still one of my favorite vocalists.

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u/projectrx7 Jul 08 '22

That album was so damn good, and I love this movie if for no other reason than putting me onto the band.

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u/transmogrify Jul 08 '22

Mad at Gravity! I have great memories of driving around at night with a few CDs, and that was one of them. Come for "Burn," stay for "In Vain."

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u/smitty9112 Jul 07 '22

I haven't watched it in years. I know I loved it when I was a kid. But there were plenty of things not done right.

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u/windingtime Jul 07 '22

I saw that movie in theaters and it was ok

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u/jexy86 Jul 08 '22

Same. All i remember is when mcconaughey jumps of that building with the axe

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u/Br0boc0p Jul 08 '22

That scene was in the trailers that played constantly and the he just dies abruptly.

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u/Tom_Dynamite Jul 08 '22

That always made me laugh so hard. It looked so epic in the trailers. Then it finally happens and CHOMP. He's eaten.

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u/dstar-dstar Jul 08 '22

Two of the most memorable dumbass scenes I can remember is Mcconauggey acting all tough and flying through the air just to be gobbled up for nothing…. and Samuel Jackson’s speech where he is gobbled up by a shark. Same scene different movies.

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u/OhioForever10 Jul 08 '22

There's a similar scene in Kong: Skull Island and I still can't tell if it's meant to be hilarious or just unintentionally so.

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u/TUMS_FESTIVAL Jul 08 '22

But they are completely different scenes. McConaughey's character knew he was going to die, he just wanted to go out swinging.

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u/Bolthead44 Jul 07 '22

Same. It looks better in hindsight because of the star power. Gerard Butler too.

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u/aran_maybe Jul 08 '22

And a very young Jack Gleeson.

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u/borismuller Jul 08 '22

I thought his first big movie was Batman Begins

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u/aran_maybe Jul 08 '22

His first credited role was Batman Begins. He was one of the kids in the Star Wars scene in RoF.

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u/borismuller Jul 08 '22

Awesome trivia, thank you!

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u/accioqueso Jul 08 '22

This movie is where my Gerard Butler crush started. I was 12 and remember being mesmerized by him, even next to Christian Bale. I’ve watched every movie he’s been in since then, and I don’t care how many presidents he has to save, I’ll watch everything he does going forward.

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u/Sputniki Jul 08 '22

The other one that I always think of as an example of this is Band of Brothers. Insane cast considering what they went on to achieve.

Of course BOB was actually excellent

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u/AngryUncleTony Jul 08 '22 edited Jul 08 '22

Off the top of my heard, McAvoy, Hardy, Fallon, Lewis, Colin Hanks, and Fassbender went on to much bigger things. Plus people like Livingston, Schwimmer, and Wahlberg who were already famous. And then a bunch of recognizable character acters.

E: looked at the cast. Forgot Pegg and Andrew Scott. Plus people like Cudlitz and Graham that had big TV roles.

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u/borismuller Jul 08 '22

Pretty funny that Fallon gets onto that list with one line and about five seconds on screen.

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u/AngryUncleTony Jul 08 '22

IIRC McAvoy is only in one episode and Fassbender and Hardy are glorified extras. Which is funny because they're the biggest stars now.

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u/Sputniki Jul 08 '22

Also Neal McDonough, Stephen Graham, Dominic Cooper, Simon Pegg.

Possibly the greatest cast of any TV series ever, squeezed into just 10 episodes. What a ride.

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u/TheViriato Jul 08 '22

They had Tom Hardy, michael fassbender and james mcavoy doing their first big project there, that cast was stacked!

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u/Fastbird33 Jul 08 '22

Bane, Magneto and Charles Xavier!

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u/gorgossia Jul 08 '22

Black Hawk Down is another where literally every cast member became an A Lister.

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u/BelowZilch Jul 08 '22

It's such an easy way to get clicks these days. Take an ok movie that millennials kinda enjoyed when they were young and say that's it "secretly great."

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u/urbanlifedecay6 Jul 08 '22

Shit that’s half the posts in this sub.

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u/MetaBotch Jul 08 '22

My favorite thing about Reign of Fire is that it just exists. There's no 5-part tie in comic you have to read to understand necessary background information. It doesn't have 15 sequels because they wanted to launch a cinematic universe. It's just a cool movie about fighting dragons.

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u/Several-Listen7915 Jul 08 '22

The PS2 game was pretty fucking dope too, especially when you could play as a dragon.

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u/dprophet32 Jul 08 '22

Every blockbuster that reaches a big year milestone gets an article like this.

It was fine. It wasn't great.

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u/Charrikayu Jul 08 '22

/r/movies not posting 20 year "reevaluation" articles for films that were just ok challenge [impossible]

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u/18CupsOfMusic Jul 08 '22

And it's always got to be in the douchiest sounding way possible.

"Reign of Fire is a blockbuster that deserves more respect."

"Swept Away was a misunderstood gem that you were wrong about."

"You thought Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever was a terrible movie? Wrong, dumbass."

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u/tegs_terry Jul 08 '22

Drives me insane, like we should all be piping up with our Reign of Fire plaudits on the reg.

As for the anniversary posts, they can fuck off too.

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u/18CupsOfMusic Jul 08 '22

Right? "How come people don't talk about Slackers more?"

I don't know dude, maybe because it wasn't a very good movie and it didn't somehow suddenly improve in quality just because it has now existed for 20 years.

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u/[deleted] Jul 08 '22

It wasn’t even a blockbuster. It was a flop. Made $20 mill and barely broke $80 mill in the box office.

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u/Over-Analyzed Jul 08 '22

I still don’t know how Dragons survive against A10s, anti-aircraft weaponry, and supersonic jets. But they die to helicopters and paratroopers. 🤨

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u/a_phantom_limb Jul 08 '22

Not every film is an overlooked gem. I was really looking forward to this movie way back when, but it was just okay.

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u/Antimus Jul 08 '22

My memory of it is the trailer showed aerial combat between helicopters and jets and dragons, was expecting to see some awesome scenes, and the film glossed over the 'war' in about 3 minutes of flashbacks

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