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23 December 2006 @ 06:32 pm
Movie Review: Reign of Fire  

Reign of Fire (2002)

I wish I had seen this in the theater; it has some of the best SGI work I've seen. At least on the small screen I couldn't tell the models from the computer generated stuff and I always catch little distortions somewhere. The set and costume design are first rate too.

Urban fantasy is my favorite sub-genre and this is a great example of it even though the director describes it as a “monster movie”. It takes a fantasy concept, in this case dragons, and presents it in a realistic way in a modern setting with a big part of the plot being how modern people would react.

The story isn't perfect; there are some awfully large plot holes. I won't go into them since they involve major spoilers. Anyway, some of them may be more obvious to a gamer than to the average person watching it. Dragons are a common hazard of the adventuring life and I've had to put a lot of thought into dealing with them from both sides of the GM screen. I will admit to a certain amount of self-satisfaction when the solution to how to defeat the dragons was one of the ones that I had worked out.

There is action for everyone, some prime beefcake on display – nice shirtless scene – and other than the language it's fine for any kid old enough not to be too traumatized by giant fire breathing lizards eating people.

Too Many Voices In My Head...: BOO! (Shippou)alterfano on December 24th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
never saw that one. heard about the plot holes i guess. saw "Night at the Museum" tonight. was a lot of fun.

having a happy almost-christmas?
ranuelranuel on December 24th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
You are the second person who's mentioned seeing Night at the Museum and I have no idea what it is about.

This week was so exhausting that I pretty much slept and vegitated yesterday. Going over to my cousin's for dinner tonight so I have to get presents wrapped.
Too Many Voices In My Head...alterfano on December 24th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
Vegitation this time of year is fun, cuz the rest of the world does too. When everyone else is distracted with non-work, I don't feel guilty about playing (e.g., writing and shopping). We've got dinner w/ family too and presents to wrap. Can't wait to give the kids their presents tomorrow. It's so fun to see them happy.

Have a wonderful time!

Night at the Museum was total throw-away fluff, but there were lots of good one-liners. I think I was int he mood for fluff and i sat next to my 11 year old who was literally bouncing up and down he was enjoying it so much. Hard not to laugh under those circumstances;)