REVIEW: FIRESTARTER 2: REKINDLED

CAST

Marguerite Moreau (Easy)
Malcolm McDowell (Halloween)
Dennis Hopper (Speed)
Danny Nucci (Eraser)
Skye McCole Bartusiak (Boogeyman)
John Dennis Johnston (48 hrs)
Darnell Williams (All My Children)
Ron Perkins (House)
Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Free Enterprise)
Dan Byrd (Heroes)

Vincent Sforza (Danny Nucci) works for a large, influential research firm, and he has been put in charge of locating several people who were part of an old experiment from the 1970s—an experiment in which a group of college students were given a dose of a chemical called LOT-6. Apparently, the victims of the experiment have won a class action lawsuit and need to be found so that a check can be issued. Included on the list is Charlene “Charlie” McGee (Marguerite Moreau), the offspring of two of the participants in the experiment.

When Charlie was a kid, Charlie’s mother Vicky (Karrie Combs) was murdered by men who worked for the now-defunct Shop, the government department that wanted to harness her pyrokinesis as a military weapon. Charlie’s father Andy (Aaron Radl) was killed by John Rainbird, a professional killer who had been hired by the shop. Ever since then, Charlie has been in hiding to protect herself. Under an assumed name, she now has a job at a university library, where she secretly does research to find a way to suppress her pyrokinetic abilities.

When Vincent finally locates Charlie, he unintentionally sets into motion a series of events with deadly consequences. It turns out that there really isn’t a class action lawsuit settlement. John Rainbird (Malcolm McDowell), who was thought to have been burned to death by Charlie, is still alive, scarred from the burns—and he’s looking for Charlie, because he’s still obsessed with her. Rainbird has been using the lie about a class action lawsuit to lure the original LOT-6 experiment’s victims out of hiding so these victims can be killed one by one in order to keep things quiet.

Charlie gets help from James Richardson (Dennis Hopper), one of the victims of the LOT-6 experiment. The experiment has given James the ability to tell the future. When Vincent discovers that he’s been duped into luring Charlie back to Rainbird, Vincent also decides to help Charlie. John’s been working on perfecting the LOT experiments, and has created 6 young boys with rather unusual abilities. One has the power of suggestion, another can sense truth and deception, two can move things with their mind, one has the destructive voice from hell, and the most dangerous one of them all is an energy sink, someone who can suck the life and energy out of anyone or anything.
Rainbird is using these children to rob a bank as a test of warfare in the new decade. With Vince and James on her side, Charlie must decide whether to keep running, or fight Rainbird to the end. Charlie chooses to fight to the end, and after Rainbird kills Vincent, Charlie kills Rainbird—right in front of his experimental boys—by taking him into a fiery embrace, and literally turning him into a pile of ashes. Then Charlie ends up in a one-on-one battle against the energy sink. Charlie uses her powers to destroy the energy sink, and the other experimental boys realize that Charlie was telling them the truth when she said that they become a little less human every time they use their abilities. Charlie, finally having no need to be in hiding, later boards a bus to Canada.This 2 part TV mini series was released on DVD as a 2 and a half hour movie and it certainly does drag in places. Story is fairly good but truth be told its only made good because of the 4 main actors. The special effects I felt could’ve been better, but its expected for a TV movie budget.

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REVIEW: FIRESTARTER

CAST

Drew Barrymore (Poison Ivy)
David Keith (Bottoms Up)
Freddie Jones (Son of Dracula)
Heather Locklear (Wayne’s World 2)
Martin Sheen (The West Wing)
George C. Scott (Patton)
Art Carney (Last Action Hero)
Louise Fletcher (Exorcist II)
Moses Gunn (Roots)
Antonio Fargas (Foxy Brown)

kinopoisk.ruAndy McGee (David Keith) met his future wife, Vicky Tomlinson (Heather Locklear), in college while they were earning money by participating in an experiment in which they were given a dose of a low-grade hallucinogen called LOT-6. The experiment grants them telepathic abilities; Vicky has the ability to read minds, and Andy can take over minds and make others do and believe what he wants, but the effort gives him nosebleeds (the novel revealing them to be “pinprick” hemorrhages). Andy and Vicky went on to get married, and they now have a nine-year-old daughter named Charlene “Charlie” McGee (Drew Barrymore), who has pyrokinetic abilities (can start fires with the mind). Charlie can also see the near future.
firestarter-1984-movie-drew-barrymore-6Andy comes home from work one day to find that Vicky has been murdered and Charlie abducted; the family had already suspected that the government agency that sponsored the experiment, the Department of Scientific Intelligence (aka “the Shop”), was checking on them. The government wants Charlie to harness her powerful ability as a weapon. Andy rescues Charlie from abduction by agents of the Shop by making the agents blind and for the next year, they are on the run.
firestarter_592x299-7To protect themselves, Andy writes letters to major newspapers, but mailing them reveals their location. They need to rest and end up taken in by a farmer and his wife. Andy tells the farmer the truth so when the Shop arrives, he is ready to stand with them. However, he soon sees that there is no need since Charlie makes quick work of the agents who have invaded the quiet refuge they have found. They again are on the run, but Andy is weak from the use of his gift. They go to their secluded cabin to rest and prepare to finally go public with their story. Unfortunately, the head of the Shop, Captain Hollister (Martin Sheen), sends Agent John Rainbird (George C. Scott) to capture them and stop the release of information. After capture, father and daughter are kept separated. Andy is medicated and subjected to tests, which show his powers have decreased. Meanwhile, Rainbird takes on the role of “John the friendly orderly” to befriend Charlie and gain her trust to encourage her to submit to the tests.
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Charlie’s powers increase exponentially, and she continually demands to see her father as they promised. Andy is revealed to be faking the acceptance of his drugs, meaning that his powers have never decreased and it was all a ruse to make Hollister drop his guard. Then once alone on a walk far from the house, he uses his power to get information from Hollister (such as John’s true identity) and arrange to leave with Charlie that night. He slips Charlie a note and she immediately tells “John” about the escape. He’s wanted to kill Charlie since first hearing about her and hides in the barn so he can kill her father as well. Charlie enters the barn first and “John” succeeds in convincing her to begin the climb up the ladder to him. His plan is put to an end once Andy enters and Charlie instead runs to her father. She tells him that John is present and asks if they can take him with them. She is saddened and angered to find out the truth, yet believes John when he states that he will not kill her father if she comes to him. To save his daughter, Andy instructs Hollister to shoot at Rainbird. However, Rainbird kills Hollister and fatally wounds Andy and after he causes Rainbird to leap to the ground, breaking his leg. Charlie then kills Rainbird and cries at her father’s wound. He pleads with her to use her powers to bring the facility down after he takes his last breath. The entire security team arrives and she dispatches them all one by one to make her way off of the property.
dbfirehd093Charlie returns by hitchhiking back to the farm. Without a word, she reveals what has happened since she left with her father and is welcomed back. Shortly afterwards, Charlie and the farmer head to New York City to tell her story to the media.firestarterThe film is without a doubt a classic and watchable even today. It is thoroughly entertaining and once watched won’t easily be forgotten.