It’s “Jurassic World Dominion,” but with dragons. Rob Bowman’s “Reign of Fire” remains considerably underrated to this day. While it wasn’t exactly a financial disaster, it only managed to make $82 million against a $60 million budget. It’s unfortunate, because “Reign of Fire” is a somber, thrilling post-apocalyptic saga featuring freaking dragons. After a construction crew frees the creatures from within the Earth, everything falls apart; by 2020, humans are nearly extinct as dragons roam the earth.
The cast includes Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, and Gerard Butler, a veritable assemblage of early ’00s action stars, and more fire-breathing dragons than anyone needed — and that’s a good thing. With thrilling action beats, somber reflection on the nature of humanity, and, again, so many dragons, “Reign of Fire” remains unmatched 20 years later, a distinct blockbuster in a world that abounds with too much sameness. Additionally, like “Dominion,” it’s an apocalyptic blockbuster that inspires awe and fear in equal measure. It’s a shame “Reign of Fire” never quite set the world aflame.