Sunday, February 23, 2014
Master Cast: Reign of Fire
Rewind 12 years and these two Best Actor nominees co-starred in the summer of 2002's awesome, post-apocalyptic, dragon fighting sci-fi/action romp, Reign of Fire. Bale, fresh from his hilarious and villainous roles in American Psycho and Shaft plays Quinn Abercromby, leader of a struggling colony of survivors in the ash covered ruins outside of London. Everyday is a struggle to feed and inspire the downtrodden community as many have lost hope and want to take their chances out in the wasteland. One day, a small army arrives at their gates, led by McConaughey's bald, bearded and wild eyed Denton Van Zan, a dragon slayer who has rebuilt a military unit and come from America looking for the papa creature he believes to be the key in defeating the winged menace. By now McConaughey had already made a splash with performances in Dazed and Confused, A Time To Kill and Amistad. Genre fare hit and misses like U-571, Frailty and The Wedding Planner showed a varied if uneven career path in progress.