History Film / ReignOfFire

19th Jun '16 6:00:33 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* {{Antihero}}: Van Zan. Depending on how you look at it Quinn might count as an antihero for much of the film.

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* {{Antihero}}: AntiHero: Van Zan. Depending on how you look at it Quinn might count as an antihero anti-hero for much of the film.



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Numerous, but most strangely is the fact there seems to be millions of dragons across the entire planet, but only one of them is male.
** Also the idea that dragons breathe fire because they eat ashes.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Numerous, but most strangely is the fact there seems to be millions of dragons across the entire planet, but only one of them is male.
** Also
male. Also, the idea that dragons breathe fire because they eat ashes.



** Alex, the only pilot yet still willing to get dirty in the field

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** Alex, the only pilot yet still willing to get dirty in the fieldfield.



** Despite the complete collapse of human society, an entire armoured division is able to still support itself. You have to wonder how much fuel they expended just to get to Britain in a world where presumably there is no more oil extraction. This is handwaved when Van Zan's admits that they're running on fumes.

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** Despite the complete collapse of human society, an entire armoured division is able to still support itself. You have to wonder how much fuel they expended just to get to Britain in a world where presumably there is no more oil extraction. This is handwaved when Van Zan's Zan admits that they're running on fumes.



* TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay: Van Zan does the "easy or real easy" variant, though Quinn isn't cowed.



* EyeScream: A mild case - Quinn gets a faceful of the dragon's fire fuel when he first discovers them, which makes his eyes turn blood red.

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* EyeScream: A mild case - -- when Quinn gets a faceful finds the dragon, some of the dragon's chemicals responsible for its fire fuel when he first discovers them, which makes drips into his eyes turn eyes, turning them blood red.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Van Zan is heading there at a rapid pace. To quote Alex after his fight with Quinn: "He would have killed you. He doesn't feel things. It's the only way he can do what he does."



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Van Zan is heading there at a rapid pace. To quote Alex after his fight with Quinn: "He would have killed you. He doesn't feel things. It's the only way he can do what he does."



* InformedAbility: The Archangel's ability to take down dragons in mid-air is hyped up, but when shown in action it fails horribly with most of them killed.
** That probably always happens. Alex and Van Zan openly admit that once an Archangel jumps from the helicopter, they have a life expectancy of 17 seconds.

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* InformedAbility: The Archangel's ability to take down dragons in mid-air is hyped up, but when shown in action it fails horribly with most of them killed.
** That probably always happens.
killed. Of course, Alex and Van Zan openly admit that once an Archangel jumps from the helicopter, they have a life expectancy of 17 seconds.seconds, so this was probably just a poorer showing than most.



* MeaningfulEcho: Early on Van Zan demands to speak to the person in charge. Everyone turns to Quinn. "Well, that'd be you then." The line isn't said again, but a constant theme of the movie is the community's dependence on Quinn as the leader. At the end, Jared rides up to inform Quinn that they have a message from France, and that "They want to speak to the person in charge." Quinn by this point can safely look at his protege and say, "Well, that'd be you then."
* MonumentalDamage: Quinn looks through old magazines, where the photographers only seemed interested in catching famous landmarks on fire - The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, etc. The angles are such you wonder how on Earth the photographers made it out to publish their photographs! Later in the film the characters see the actual ruins of the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge.

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* MeaningfulEcho: Early on on, Van Zan demands to speak to the person in charge. Everyone turns to Quinn. "Well, that'd be you then." The line isn't said again, but a constant theme of the movie is the community's dependence on Quinn as the leader. At the end, Jared rides up to inform Quinn that they have a message from France, and that "They want to speak to the person in charge." Quinn by this point can safely look at his protege and say, "Well, that'd be you then."
* MonumentalDamage: Quinn looks through old magazines, where the photographers only seemed interested in catching famous landmarks on fire - The -- the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, etc. The angles are such you wonder how on Earth the photographers made it out to publish their photographs! Later in the film the characters see the actual ruins of the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge.



* MrFanservice: Creator/ChristianBale, Creator/GerardButler, Matthew [=McConaughey=]...they could've called this "Hunks vs Dragons: The Movie", with emphasis more on the hunks than the dragons.

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* MrFanservice: Creator/ChristianBale, Creator/GerardButler, Matthew [=McConaughey=]...they could've called this "Hunks vs Dragons: The Movie", with more emphasis more on the hunks than the dragons.



* NoOSHACompliance: In the opening scene none of the workers display any objection to a child (Quinn) entering a construction site without any protective gear. When their digging hits an unexpected cave, one of the workers even suggests Quinn go take a look inside. To top the stupidity off, once Quinn comes rushing out of there, the same worker keeps saying "It's not safe!" If it's not safe, why the hell did you have a child go in there? The last part is somewhat handwaved in that this construction worker is implied to be the job site's resident JerkAss.

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* NoOSHACompliance: In the opening scene scene, none of the workers display any objection to a child (Quinn) entering a construction site without any protective gear. When their digging hits an unexpected cave, one of the workers even suggests Quinn go take a look inside. To top the stupidity off, once Quinn comes rushing out of there, the same worker keeps saying "It's not safe!" If it's not safe, why the hell did you have a child go in there? The last part is somewhat handwaved in that this construction worker is implied to be the job site's resident JerkAss.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Oh, so different. They have only four limbs, connected by a bat-like membrane of skin like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern Wyvern,]] they breathe fire through a chemical reaction; and there is only one male who fertilizes all the eggs of the females like a male salmon.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Oh, so different. They have only four limbs, connected by a bat-like membrane of skin like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern Wyvern,]] they Wyvern]]. They breathe fire through a chemical reaction; and reaction. Finally, there is only one male who fertilizes all the eggs of the females like a male salmon.



* RedShirt: The skydivers know they've got a limited life expectancy.

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* RedShirt: The skydivers know they've got a limited life expectancy.expectancy, but that doesn't stop them for dying pointlessly.



* ShoutOut: The re-enactment of the Star Wars scene. In the post-apocalyptic future, Quinn and Creedy claim authorship to the story and use it to entertain the children.

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* ShoutOut: The re-enactment of the Star Wars scene.iconic LukeIAmYourFather scene from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. In the post-apocalyptic future, Quinn and Creedy claim authorship to the story and use it to entertain the children.



* VictoryByEndurance: Quinn's plan at the start of the film is basically to outlast the dragons, whose destructive rampages are unsustainable for their population. The problem, of course, is that said rampages are equally destructive for the humans, so it's down to a contest of who starves first. [[spoiler:Once the male is dead, the prospects for the humans outliving the dragons go up significantly.]]



-->'''Van Zan:''' (''Magnanimously'') Envy the country that has heroes, eh?\\
''Crowd cheers''\\
'''Van Zan:''' (''Now in an accusing tone'') And I say ''pity'' the country that ''needs'' 'em! What're y'all celebrating? One dragon down, ''three good men dead''! Why hell, at that rate we just might be gettin' somewhere in about ''three-hundred-and-twenty years''! We'll bury ''our'' dead at dawn. You go on and have you're little...soirée. Personally, you disgust me.

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-->'''Van Zan:''' (''Magnanimously'') (''magnanimously'') Envy the country that has heroes, eh?\\
''Crowd ''crowd cheers''\\
'''Van Zan:''' (''Now (''now in an accusing tone'') And I say ''pity'' the country that ''needs'' 'em! What're y'all celebrating? One dragon down, ''three good men dead''! Why hell, at that rate we just might be gettin' somewhere in about ''three-hundred-and-twenty years''! We'll bury ''our'' dead at dawn. You go on and have you're little...soirée. Personally, you disgust me.
24th May '16 5:42:30 PM Nylsa
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* TheDragonsComeBack: the initial trigger of the central plot.

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* TheDragonsComeBack: the The initial trigger of the central plot.



* GeniusBonus: The Americans introduce themselves as "Kentucky Irregulars"; something that did not make sense to most in an American audience but would be more likely to make sense to Europeans due to differences in terminology. Irregulars are military personnel who are not part of the military proper, referring to militia, auxiliaries and other elements. The "Kentucky Irregulars" are the Kentucky National Guard. (For non-Americans, National Guard refers to the military forces that belong to the individual states rather than to the Federal Government.) Meanwhile, in colonial times (such as when the British Empire held sway in the Americas), Kentucky was a region known as a very fertile hunting ground. Lo and behold, the Kentucky National Guard, showing up to hunt dragons.
21st Apr '16 9:29:40 PM Whistler
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* GeniusBonus: The Americans introduce themselves as "Kentucky Irregulars"; something that did not make sense to most in an American audience but would be more likely to make sense to Europeans due to differences in terminology. Irregulars are military personnel who are not part of the military proper, referring to militia, auxiliaries and other elements. The "Kentucky Irregulars" are the Kentucky National Guard. (For non-Americans, National Guard refers to the military forces that belong to the individual states rather than to the Federal Government.) Meanwhile, in colonial times (such as when the British Empire held sway in the Americas), Kentucky was a region known as a very fertile hunting ground. Lo and behold, the Kentucky National Guard, showing up to hunt dragons.
30th Mar '16 6:56:36 PM JackG
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* SignsOfDisrepair: On the way to London, there's a highway exit sign on which someone has scrawled "NO EXIT" and an extra '6' to make "666".

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* SignsOfDisrepair: On the way to London, there's a highway exit sign on which someone has scrawled "NO EXIT" and [[NumberOfTheBeast an extra '6' to make "666".]]
29th Mar '16 9:18:38 PM lorgskyegon
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* BlatantLies: Quinn claims he thought up ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
29th Mar '16 9:16:56 PM lorgskyegon
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** That probably always happens. Alex and Van Zan openly admit that once an Archangel jumps from the helicopter, they have a life expectancy of 16 seconds.

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** That probably always happens. Alex and Van Zan openly admit that once an Archangel jumps from the helicopter, they have a life expectancy of 16 17 seconds.
29th Mar '16 8:49:18 PM lorgskyegon
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** That probably always happens. Alex and Van Zan openly admit that once an Archangel jumps from the helicopter, they have a life expectancy of 16 seconds.
26th Dec '15 4:58:05 PM quirkygenius
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** Also the idea that dragons breathe fire because they eat ashes.
26th Nov '15 7:04:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* FakeAmerican: Polish Izabella Scorupco as American helicopter pilot Alex.
14th Nov '15 2:56:58 AM DarkDeceiver
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* ApocalypticLog: As the introducing voice over explains what happened after the first dragon awakens, we see a newspaper montage covering different stages of the dragon apocalypse, from the first scientific articles to the war itself. A nib pen, presumably Quinn's, scratches out a
message to his adopted son.

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* ApocalypticLog: As the introducing voice over explains what happened after the first dragon awakens, we see a newspaper montage covering different stages of the dragon apocalypse, from the first scientific articles to the war itself. A nib pen, presumably Quinn's, scratches out a
a message to his adopted son.
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