Burning Bright (2009)
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An autistic twelve year old boy and his older sister battle a Bengal tiger in a boarded up house as a massive hurricane blows into town, dashing any hope of a hasty escape. In the wake of her mother's death, Kelly (Briana Evigan) is forced to play the roles of sister and parent to her autistic younger brother, Tom. Upon discovering that their step-father, the owner of a safari park, has raided her college savings to purchase a volatile Bengal tiger, Kelly realizes that her dreams of getting a higher education are all but dashed. But just as Kelly begins to think that the worst is behind her, a powerful hurricane begins to batter their house with devastating winds. Even worse, her step-father's tiger has escaped from its cage, and it's been quite a while since the formidable man-eater has had a proper meal. Trapped, terrified, and completely defenseless against one of nature's most perfect predators, Kelly and Tom do their best to avoid the ferocious wild beast until the winds die down, and they can escape outside. Meat Loaf and Garret Dillahunt co-star. … More
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Critic Reviews for Burning Bright
a taut thriller with plenty of flesh on the bone, let down only by its mawkish, overcooked ending.
a taut thriller, as solid and arresting as a 500lb carnivore - and just wait till you see what the cat dragged out...
Audience Reviews for Burning Bright
There are some films with a premise so juicy, you just can't say no. Burning Bright is a triple threat of genius conflict. First of all, we have a young girl battling with the choices her life presents. She wants to take a scholarship to a university, but can she leave her autistic brother alone. To better visualize this moral conundrum, the film takes place during a hurricane. Oh, and there's a tiger in the house. It sounds ridiculous, and for the most part it is. Especially once it's revealed why there is a tiger in the house. It's the dumbest plan in movie history. The biggest sin of this film is taking itself too seriously. Even the title is a reference to a famous poem. The director does a great job at building tension, and unlike the killer tiger movie Maneater, it's edited so the tiger seems fierce. The film does have some brave character moments, such as Evigan dreaming about suffocating her autistic brother, and leaving him in the house. These moments help tobuild some empathy towards her. On the other end of the scale, we have a tiger that takes longer to bust through wardrobe doors, than it does for a teenage girl to break through a wall. It must be nice to have a screenwriter on your side. As the film rambles on, it all gets a bit repetitive, especially since the house isn't that big. I'd recommend it for a rainy morning of stupid fun. Plus, it starts with a cameo from Meatloaf.
Originally I ignored this because I'd never heard of it prior to seeing it on a shelf and its distributed by Lionsgate who isnt really know for quality. As it turns out it's a solid little thriller that aside from some spotty FX is well made and at times quite suspenseful. Even if you're not into the whole 'when animals attack' motif this one is well worth the ride.
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