A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Quinn overcomes his personal terrors (a childhood trauma in which he saw his mum killed) to return to the dragon's lair in London and triumph. Sub-theme about how a modern society might resemble a medieval one if some disaster causes civilization's collapse.
Positive Role Models
Quinn is evidently a reluctant leader, though he seems to have better ideas than his American visitors about how to handle the dragon crisis.
Violence & Scariness
Non-explicit scenes of people killed by being engulfed in flames, falling from great heights, or snatched up in dragon jaws. One human-against-human fistfight. Dragons also shot at and killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Birds-and-bees talk about how dragons breed (about as explicit and realistic as claiming the stork is involved).
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"A-hole," "wanker," "bitch," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Names of major news magazines. A Reign of Fire video game exists. The plotline cleverly insinuates references to The Lion King and Star Wars, as today's movie blockbusters turn into the fairy tales of a movie-less future world.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and cigar smoking, macho and celebratory drinking of liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that violence in this monster flick includes the mother of a little boy being killed, non-graphically, by fire-breathing dragons. Deaths are not very bloody -- usually characters enveloped in CGI flames, eaten in one gulp by dragons, or falling. There is occasional swearing, smoking, and drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even with the non-standard approach to a monster-on-the-loose formula, this flick somehow falls flat. Maybe it's just the ultra-serious way thinly-drawn characters approach a comic-bookish premise, or the sense that we've missed the real story -- the rise of the dragons -- and are left with a plodding anticlimax -- an oh-please finale in which ragged characters with bows and arrows fight CGI beasts who withstood combined armies of humanity and nuclear weapons. Once one absorbs the basic story the plotline is largely predictable, though maybe kids will forgive that and the thudding solemnity. In the movie's favor: a short running time and some interesting touches in envisioning a world regressed by dragon-power to a drab, sooty, new Dark Ages. Not enough interesting touches, though.
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