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Saturday Blockbuster: Reign of Fire

Sunday May 16th at 8.30pm

Reign of Fire

Cast: Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Dragons

This genre-melding adventure piece stars Christian Bale (American Psycho) and Matthew McConaughey as dragon fighters in a scorched earth.

As a young boy, Quinn (Bale) witnessed his construction engineer mother inadvertently unearth a long-dormant dragon. As they feed off ash, the dragons are able to multiply quickly and spread about the earth, destroying everything in sight.

Small pockets of humanity survive, and one such group has taken refuge in a ruined castle in the English countryside, eking out a meagre existence based completely on survival.

Into their lives one day comes a group of brash Americans lead by Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey), who claim to have discovered a method for killing the dragons. Now Quinn must be convinced to risk everything and go after the head dragon.

Reign of Fire mixes the post-apocalyptic charred earth of Mad Max and Waterworld with the dragon-fighting heroics of a medieval adventure. It even manages to work in some ruminations on trans-Atlantic relations.