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Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Bert Coules, Aug 24, 2002.

  1. Bert Coules

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    This is an infuriating film. Some excellent effects and a couple of really impressive set pieces - but also a flabby structure, abysmal dialogue, colourless characterisation and plot holes so large you could fly a dragon through them.

    All that time and money and expertise, all thrown away for the want of a halfway decent script.

    Sad...

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    None of that matters... cos it's got Dragons in it and I got a week off to go see it in hopefully an empty theatre!
     
  3. Bert Coules

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    Like so many hollywood films these days... sigh!
     
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    Ah jeez,

    I was going to go and see ROF today, shall I still bother?

    How bad is it?


    Taz.:cool:
     
  6. Bert Coules

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    Of course you should bother!

    Never let someone else's opinion influence you when you've a chance to make a decision for yourself. For all you know, I might be talking through my hat.

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    I have read very mixed reviews but most seem to like it. I fancy it myself.
     
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    It may not be the best fil out ther but i do think the dragons are still worth seeing :D
     
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    Well after that stern telling off;) I'm going to see it at 15.30:D

    Will post my own review later.... hmmm.....nachos! :D

    :D


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  10. Bert Coules

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    Just seen it and on leaving I asked the mrs what she thought "Not bad" and she liked the dragons.

    As for me, ..... What a load of rubbish! :eek: I've seen some bad films and that was one of them! As for the dragons, Draco from Dragonheart was far better animated and dragon like (IMHO).

    The film quality itself was another issue, more grain than a packet of Uncle Bens and an annoying line of sparklies about 1/5 of the way in from top to bottom.

    All in all I just wasted £17.50 but the Nachos were good;)


    Taz rating 2/10
    Mrs T rating 6/10

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    Oh dear, sounds like a Dungeons and Dragons let down - films like that ake you understand bars in cinemas. Hic.
     
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    The mrs and i did a deal i would see the guru if she would watch reign of fire

    the guru is a far better film

    reign of fire is a very silly film - It uses the Chewbacca defence

    but the dragons are very cool indeed

    i was not impressed with the flashbacks via newspaper clippings that was disappointing. I think the promotion poster was very misleading
     
  14. Bert Coules

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    Your reference to Chewbacca is apt. In fairness, I should have mentioned that there is one (and only one) well-written scene in Reign of Fire - but it relies entirely upon a different, and rather better, movie...

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    What are you saying?

    It makes sense?
     
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    i seen this on friday past and can honestly say i enjoyed it, the only disappointment forme was that there were not enough dragons. in truth it was a good b-movie. if i were to change the film at all i would probably have shown how the dragons took over the world to see the amount of action would have been awesome and perhaps there wouldn't have been as many people knocking the film back. all in all a good night at the movies.:D
     
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    No the film does not make sense at all
     
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    Just seen this thought it was a decent film.I think 9/11 may of had something to do with there being no scenes of London and other capital cities being destroyed.
     
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    If you go in to the movie sit down and turn the old brain off i think you'll find it a very enjoyable movie........


    but always place a napkin on ya shirt or the nachos cheese leave nasty stains down ur front.....
     
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    Watched this while stuck in Dover waiting for a Ferry - utter and complete sh*te - avoid.
    Christian Bale is English and he STILL does a truly awful accent that fluctuates throughout. As for McConnaughey - he looks like a reject from WWE wrestling and plays it that way. Some of the dragon CGI was OK, but as usual after all the build up it was pretty damn easy to kill the big, bad, ultimate mutha male now wasn't it?

    Izabella Scorupco, however, is mighty fine. :D She even made Vertical Limit watchable.

    Save your money and rent it after five pints of your particular poison have dulled off your sense of taste..... and memory.

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    just rented this and think you lot are on drugs.

    as an action/fantasy popcorn rollercoaster ride this movie RULES (sorry about the MTV review)!!!

    amazing effects, superb set-pieces and the DTS track was incredible! Totally and completely enjoyed this one.
     
  22. Respectamonkeee

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    LoL James u dug deep to find this movie.....i kinda liked it...not bought it on dvd tho..maybe buy a 2nd hand copy cheap tho;)
     
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    I'll be buying this one no worries (can't believe it was from the same fella who did X-Files the movie, this was light years ahead of that nasty thing)... I rented Deathwatch at the same time because of our recent forum visit and well... being kind... that was terrible!
     
  24. Respectamonkeee

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    aye watched death watch on monday......have a copy for trade now:eek:


    death pants is more like it
     
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    Reign of Fire is as the first post says, a really infuriating film - an interesting idea but with just a passable script, varying performances from the cast; a few really good set pieces that still seem to short change the viewer - pretty sloppy from a director who has made more gripping & satisfying episodes of ST: Next Gen/X Files than you would gather from this - and one of the best movie posters of recent years that raised expectations high only for the audience to find out the image used was based on a couple of brief shots in a montage sequence!

    The Dragons however ARE great - what you see of them, even if they do owe a lot in their look/design to the Vermithrax - the dragon from what, for all its' faults, is still the best dragon movie ever made - DRAGONSLAYER.

    I really wish Reign of Fire had been a bigger commercial success, as it may have prompted Paramount to dig into their vaults and give Dragonslayer a clean up for DVD.
     
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    Good news crazy',dragoslayer is coming out in october with a new widescreen picture,acording to the digitalbits website
    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
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    ebury, you've made my day! :clap:

    It's a beautifully shot and atmospheric piece of work and I can't wait to see it in 2.35:1 again - been 22 years :eek: since I saw it in the cinema.

    It's one of the few fantasy films that succeeds in creating a true sense of another time and place - a realistic dark age to place its fantasy elements in. Only perhaps Millius' Conan the Barbarian and now Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings adaptations have achieved this since, IMHO. Most other fantasy/sword & sorcery films have started out on the wrong footing, treating the material far too tongue in cheek or just going for straight pantomime - I mean, just look what they did with Dungeons & Dragons! :nono:

    If anyone enjoys fantasy films and hasn't seen Dragonslayer, I'd urge them to give it a go if only to check out some of ILM's best early work on Vermithrax - a combination of full size props, puppets & Go-Motion/stop-motion effects. A wonderful creation and not a frame of CGI in sight.

    There's a lovely performance by Ralph Richardson, too.
     
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    crazyhorse, if you CLICK HERE and scroll down,you will see the great new cover art
    :hiya: Enjoy
     
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    Just watched it.

    The usual showing-everybody-else-we-are-the best (yanks) with equipment that still around (would have been destroyed by then)

    OK popcorn movie. The script should just have the humans against the dragons, not the big headed yanks stealing the show (again)
     
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    THIS MOVIE IS A GIANT STEAMING JOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AVOID
     

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