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Firestorm Reviews

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August 17, 2016
An attempt to turn a firefighter into and action hero, and an attempt to turn Howie Long into a movie star. It failed on both counts.
May 14, 2015
This is one of those 'so bad it's good movie...or at least watchable.
April 15, 2014
My Favorite Action Film Is 1988's Die Hard.
½ January 13, 2014
It was an intense adventure. Thankfully, there was a happy ending.
January 11, 2014
1/11/2013: Ok. Some ok action and an ok story. Not the greatest of acting though.
Super Reviewer
August 18, 2013
So ex-NFL player Howie Long got his big action man break in the Travolta thriller 'Broken Arrow' in 1996, this inevitably lead to his own specially made silly action vehicle. Although there are a few well known faces here simply to bolster the acting skills on show, its basically the Howie Long show yet he shows off no muscles throughout.

So four years ago the main villain stole four million Dollars and hid it deep within the forest. He now decides to break out of jail with some colleges during a big forest fire which one of his compadres on the outside started. Naturally a female is taken hostage and its up to the lone 'smokejumper' to save the day with his mighty axe.

The term 'smokejumper' is actually what they call these guys that are trained to jump from helicopters into fires to save people, its not me being sarcastic. But this is what's so funny about this film, right from the get go we are shown the banal camaraderie and makeup of the small team. These smokejumpers led by Long are your typical team of Hollywood characters, the attractive female, the mouthy young male, the wiser vet and Long who is the big butch guy. Only thing missing is the token black guy.

Luckily we don't have to put up with this A-Team type cliched machoism as the action centres on Long surviving in the wilderness against the bad guys. The bad guys are easily the more interesting bunch with William Forsythe as their homicidal leader. Gotta give credit to Forsythe as he always makes such a riveting nasty villain, his fierce chubby looks are just perfect the way he snarls and grimaces when he gets mad, and in this he just about kills anyone. Check the early performance for Barry Pepper as one of the bad guys.

The whole idea for this film is so thin really, its just an everyday action movie but its set within a huge forest fire. It just comes across as trying to make another field of US rescue workers out to be cool equipment wearing top guns. Of course Long uses all his trained boyscout methods to beat the bad guys whilst curiously never actually getting into any good fights, well not many.

I was gonna compare this to 'Backdraft' but its not really like that, that had some sense about it whilst this is complete violent nonsense. Despite that there are numerous visual moments which look pretty similar and its worth noting that Scott Glenn plays almost the same type of role in this as he does in 'Backdraft'.

The whole thing is predictable as hell and can't even come up with any decent visuals to help you along. Long is a weak leading man even though he has the look of one and things that happen along the way just raise questions, but its hardly a thinker, just dumb.
April 20, 2013
My most hated film of all time its beyond me why a big studio like 20th Century Fox where behind this trash.
December 6, 2012
Stunk up the TV badly....
December 6, 2012
firestorm is a cliffhanger type thriller starring Howie Long as Jesse Graves a heroic fire fighter who is up against a group of escaped convicts led by the Psycotic Randell who has kidnapped a bird watcher played by Suzi Amis and has caused a giant fire that is turning into a firestorm.now Jesse must now save the hostage stop the fire and take care of Randell. firestorm is quite a fun little thriller Howie Long was quite a good hero shame he didn't make anymore action films after this.William Forsythe was absolutely brilliant as the main bad guy Randell William normally plays decent bad guys anyway like in out for justice and stone cold.even Scott Glenn is in it. to end the review firestorm is a well made action thriller a bit clichéd but still cool.
December 6, 2012
Howie Long is no Brian Bosworth.
December 6, 2012
Hmm, think I've seen it... maybe.
November 5, 2012
As far as former NFL defensive players, Howie is just a little better than Brian Bosworth as far as action stars go, but just alittle. Long plays a firefighter who fights fire out west in some National or State Park. One of his fellow firefighters, William Forsythe, sets a fire as cover for a prison escape and its up to Long to catch them, save his girlfriend, and stop the fire all the while explaining to the audience the dangers of a "firestorm." The acting and dialogue are terrible but the fire action scenes are pretty cool.
May 23, 2012
It's shocking that this was ever theatrically released. Hilariously bad but decently shot action fluff.
February 18, 2012
Throwing a chainsaw at a truck full of psycho criminals was cool. But that's all.
February 8, 2012
If this movie took itself seriously it might've been real good. It had a good concept and an awesome bad guy but every scene with howie long was corny as fucking hell. When he was on screen I thought i was watching a family film. |I don't blame him doh, thats the writers and or directors fault cuz Howie was awesome in broken arrow
August 8, 2011
Apparently someone at 20th Century Fox saw something in former football star Howie Long after his supporting role in "Broken Arrow" that screamed "new action superstar". The result of that genius foresight is "Firestorm", a routine flick in which the "new action superstar" is constantly dwarfed by the special effects and the action. The opening moments are particularly impressive, and while it's obvious the forest fire is CGI, it doesn't feel that way. Because it's so spectacularly filmed by cinematographer-turned-director Dean Semler, I thought maybe the movie would buck the odds and be something special. But ten the plot kicks in.
It's your basic cons-on-the-run story that borrows heavily from other, better flicks like "Shoot to Kill", "Cliffhanger" and even "Broken Arrow". Long is certainly good-looking enough to be a star, but he's sorely lacking in charisma and comic timing. He's stiff and heavy-handed, and he's not helped in the least by the weak writing. And any good action film is defined by its villain, and that's yet another problem I had with this. William Forsythe can be a great bad guy, as he proved in "Out For Justice" among others. But here he's reduced to tired wise cracks and predictable bursts of violence. He's better than this weak material.
It's obvious that more thought went into staging the action sequences than character development or writing a script, and I guess that means at least "Firestorm" isn't a total loss. There are some gripping moments here, but I couldn't get into the story.
July 31, 2011
If this movie took itself seriously it might've been real good. It had a good concept and an awesome bad guy but every scene with howie long was corny as fucking hell. When he was on screen I thought i was watching a family film. |I don't blame him doh, thats the writers and or directors fault cuz Howie was awesome in broken arrow
Super Reviewer
July 6, 2011
Something went badly wrong here. What was supposed to be a so-so action flick starring someone who plays baseball (or something), turned out to be a well-directed, smartly written and nicely paced action flick. They even made the effort to write in a decent villain. Somewhere between Con Air and Backdraft - and definitely worth a watch.
February 21, 2011
u think howie long is a robot on fox nfl pregame? u should see him act
½ August 4, 2010
Firestorm is probably the least disaster film that is difficult to enjoy. With Howie Long as the lead, a fire caught in the forest as a background setting while the true story is an escape convicted killer together with his inmates escaped from prison to recover stolen money doesn't seem intriguing enough to mix with the two. With one firefighter as the hero and saves the day, Firestorm isn't fiery enough with the special effects and action to thrill the audiences. This is one movie best miss.
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