Fire from Below

2009

Action / Adventure

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IMDb Rating 2.6 10 788

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Alex Meneses as Reign Palmer
Kevin Sorbo as Jake Denning
Glenn Morshower as General Cook
James Hampton as Griffith
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699.38 MB
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1hr 29 min
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1hr 29 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Alice 5 / 10

It's Not That Bad...

Okay, I will admit that the SciFi Channel (I refuse to call it SyFy) has become a veritable cheese factory of bad movies. I will further agree that "Fire From Below" is a classic specimen of scifi cheese, what with its bad CGI effects and logistical plot holes. But it's all in good fun and I found it a pleasant way to waste a couple of hours on a Sunday night.

What really saves the movie is its two stars: Kevin Sorbo and Glenn Morshower. I'm a fan of Mr. Morshower's from years of watching "24" and here he plays his usual authoritative military character in his usual way. He's fun to watch as always. Kevin Sorbo is not looking as Herculean as he used to, but he comes across well on screen as a nice-guy character thrown into a disaster situation. The scene in which he and his girlfriend discover that the town has been totally wiped out is atmospheric and pretty effective. Also, the military personnel are portrayed as brave and competent instead of as fascist clods - a welcome change. Basically this is an update of a 1950's disaster flick. Think "Them!" with lithium instead of ants. If you're in the mood for a slice of scifi cheese, you could do worse than this movie.

Reviewed by Kristoffer Lance 1 / 10

So bad that it should be entertaining... but it's not.

I have seen a great deal of movies in my day. This is the worst one. The train wreck of it all kept me watching until the end and I was upset with myself for it. You would think that something so unwatchable would somehow become a cult classic. This won't. The acting quality is so pathetic that you just end up feeling sorry for the cast. I would venture a guess that most of them have other full-time jobs. I would recommend this movie to anyone who feels the need to calibrate the audio/visual sensors in their brain to default settings by watching something so ridiculous that it forces a master reset. I watched Kalifornia directly after this film and it was the best movie I had ever seen in my life.

Reviewed by kalash-7 2 / 10

Not good at all...

The overall concept of the movie is simple - a mining company wanting to profit from military contracts after discovering a vein of a special isotope of Lithium (known for its violent reaction with water) causes the vein to be exposed to the atmosphere. This leads to a nonsensical plot of "smart" lithium that chases water (as that is what lithium reacts to) that can come out of the ground, through pipes, etc.

The insanity continues as these "smart lithium" things begin chasing and burning people to death nearly instantly. First, the concept that a mineral can actively seek out something else - while calling for a leap of faith - is novel. You get a point for creativity. The problem with the concept is that in chasing "water" to react with, the "smart lithium flames" (which resemble a fireball attached to an octopus leg, with an inferno for a body) chase people through foliage (wet plant matter) and even across an open lake. If you have something that "seeks water" actively - why doesn't it ground itself into the lake? Why does it chase the boat (and skier) and blow them up - only to dissipate and vanish immediately after? Why not go after the wake, spray from the boat, or the lake itself? While a reasonable expectation to suspend belief is reasonable, anyone past 3rd grade science can see how ridiculous it is to have "water seeking" flames ignore bodies of water in order to chase the emotionally charged humans.

The scenes underground get incredibly repetitive - and while there isn't much you can do with a rock, it seems like the same 50ft of cave is used over and over throughout the movie. The emotional sub-plots are muted by the ridiculous effects and low-quality acting (mostly from non-lead parts - the worst line in the movie being near the end, "Sir, the fire's going out. The dam's holding" It was so bad, I felt compelled to register on this site simply to comment on it. Everything about that line is terrible - from the obvious green-screen background, camera angle, and the head-bob at the end of the line.)

While it can pass the time, there are a million better things to be doing with your life - and millions of better movies that you could be watching. The lead actors do a decent job, the action keeps things going, but the movie is ruined by some lousy acting and special effects that literally look like unfinished computer animations (particularly the smoke from the explosions under water). The worst part of the movie is the inconsistency with the action of the lithium - not heading towards bodies of water, but chasing people instead.

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