DVD - 2008
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Firestarter: An eight-year-old girl has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. But can this power and the love of her father save her from the sinister government agency, "the Shop," which wants her destroyed?
Firestarter rekindled: Years ago, a secret government drug experiment produced a dangerously gifted child. When she becomes enraged, she unleased her pyrokinetic powers. The child is now a woman who has spent the past 10 years on the run from the unscrupulous government agents who created her. Now she's through running and has decided to reclaim her life. Charlie's only chance for survival lies in a turncoat government agent and a half-mad professor.


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May 17, 2016

Note that this set does include both the original & the sequel, & while I don't review materials I don't finish, I will say I stopped part 2 at the point where they were trying to remake (as a metaphor or something?) the fiery farmhouse showdown scene from part 1, & I began to feel like there's simply no improving on the first film in the series. Drew Barrymore is a forcefield of charisma in it, & the chemistry between father & daughter remains rock solid throughout. My highlight reel would be extensive, from the utterly disturbing drug experiment to the gorgeous green water of the lake where the fugitive pair retreats after the aforementioned country barbecue, with young Charlie making her first contributions to what will become a massive body count. The film is strong conceptually, this version of a fairly familiar sci-fi/horror conceit, the kid with the gift actually submits to demonstrations & analysis, attempting to placate the feds & restore some equilibrium to her life. She feels guilt at her supernaturally destructive potential. She wants everything to be all right. When she realizes that no more negotiation or compromise is possible, the napalm hits the fan in one of the greatest sequences of righteous vengeance ever committed to screen. Go get 'em, Charlie...!? Dynamite movie. CR


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