When a 12 year old boy accidentally awakens a dormant fire-breathing dragon in the bowels of London while visiting his mother’s work place, all hell breaks loose. Literally. Within 20 years, the entire planet is a scorched and charred disaster area, the dragons breeding and destroying just about all signs of human civilisation. Small enclaves survive. One such enclave in England’s devestated Northumberland is led by Quinn (Christian Bale) the now grown up 12 year old who started it all. Barely surviving and guarding their bleak fortress, the small community is reluctant to welcome a small band of US militiamen, led by Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey). Van Zan claims to know a way to kill the fiery dragons and wants shelter in return for his expertise. The fate of the world – what’s left of it – depends on it.

A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerge from the earth, establishing dominance over the planet.

During extensions to the London Underground, a dragon, asleep for centuries, awakes and among its victims is the mother of Quinn Abercrombie. 20 years later, the dragons - which, we learn, were responsible for killing off the dinosaurs - have taken over the entire world; Quinn, Christian Bale, lives in one small pocket of civilisation in the North of England. This small band of survivors is content just to survive and avoid a confrontation with the monsters; but then a group of Americans, led by Denton, Matthew McConaughey, arrives, and they want to confront and defeat the creatures. Starting off much like the creepy horror film of the mid-60s, Quatermass And The Pit, Reign Of Fire soon turns into a film about end of the world survivors and, as such, it`s a lot better than the most recent example of the genre, Kevin Costner`s The Postman. X Files director Rob Bowman makes his Brits reluctant fighters and his Americans gung ho bullies, aching for battle - are there contemporary parallels here? Not all the characters are well developed, and they shout a lot, but the dragons themselves are wonderfully conceived and genuinely scary and the Irish locations, standing in for Northumberland, are impressively dank.