Firestarter (2022)

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Firestarter (2022)

Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
6.11 / 10
Release Date
12 May 2022
1 : 34 minutes
Spoken Language
For more than a decade, parents Andy and Vicky have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction. Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family's location, a mysterious operative is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.

Cast Overview :

Charlie McGee
by: Ryan Kiera Armstrong
Andy McGee
by: Zac Efron
Vicky Tomlinson-McGee
by: Sydney Lemmon
Dr. Joseph Wanless
by: Kurtwood Smith
John Rainbird
by: Michael Greyeyes
Captain Jane Hollister
by: Gloria Reuben
Irv Manders
by: John Beasley
Ms. Gardner
by: Tina Jung
Darla Gurney
by: Hannan Younis
by: Gavin MacIver-Wright
Eyes Man
by: Jeremy Ferdman
Officer Pierce
by: Jamillah Ross
Young Nurse
by: Morrissa Nicole
Esmerelda 'Essi' Manders
by: Sheila Boyd
News Reporter
by: Darrin Maharaj
Sheriff Perry
by: Danny Waugh
Principal Lewis
by: Lanette Ware
First Kid
by: Hunter Smalley
Second Kid
by: Isaac Murray
Third Kid
by: Nicholas Vilord
Agent Jules
by: Vas Saranga
Control Room Guard
by: Shane Marriott
Man in Street Clothes
by: Moses Nyarko
Agent Gail
by: Claire Armstrong

Member Reviews :

He might look good in a white T-shirt but the thing is, as Zac Efron gets older he looks more and more like an automaton. When he was younger, he had a charm about him - now he just looks like his life consists of nothing but the gym, the manscapists and a bath in yesterday's excess kale smoothie mix! Add to that really lacklustre performance some screaming from a competent youngster in Ryan Kiera Armstrong ("Charlie") and we are left with a very mediocre adaptation of this pretty lightweight Stephen King story that is big on pyrotechnic effects, certainly, but on very little else. There is a story: the youngster can cause things to combust at will when she gets stressed or annoyed; her father can bend people to his will making his eyes bleed in the process - quite an effective cure for smokers who want to give up; and her mother - Sidney Lemmon, well she too has a quirk - but I cannot remember what it was (but it definitely wasn't firefighting). Anyway, those who scientifically enhanced this family are hot on their trail - and it's all a question of who will prevail. Well it would be if you were still remotely bothered but after half an hour I just wasn't. For a movie about conflagration - it's sadly all a bit of a damp squib.
Eh, just another pointless remake/re-adaptation, although I don't mind it since the 1984 version wasn't great either. Nothing terrible but not anything special either. Performances were bland and not even the pyrotechnics weren't all that impressive. I guess it's fine to watch for free on Peakcock Premium but even so, you're really not missing anything. **2.25/5**