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Firestarter

Firestarter
Firestarter
Firestarter
  • R
  • 1h 34m
  • 2022
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Blumhouse reignites Firestarter with this explosive adaptation of the classic Stephen King thriller. Protected by her parents, Charlie has lived her childhood on the run and has kept her extraordinary pyrokinetic powers in check. But now that she's turning 11, the flames are harder to control, and sinister forces are seeking to capture her. Charlie must learn to embrace the fire from within and fight to control it in order to protect her family and freedom.
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Critics Consensus: There was plenty of room to improve on the original, but Firestarter trips over that low bar and tumbles toward the bottom of the long list of Stephen King adaptations.
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Common Sense Says
Violent, uninspired Stephen King adaptation fails to spark.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Firestarter is an uninspired sci-fi thriller based on a 1980 Stephen King book (previously made into a movie in 1984). It tells the story of a young girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) with pyrokinesis, i.e., the ability to use her mind to start fires. Characters are killed, and you can expect to see guns/shooting, blood spurts, characters being set on fire and burned, charred skin, kids in peril, a cat being burned and killed, plucked-out eyeballs, bleeding from eyes, fighting, hitting, bullying, and more. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "son of a bitch," "goddamn," and insults like "loser," "weirdo," and "freak." A secondary character drinks too much beer and gets drunk, quitting smoking is discussed, and taking experimental drugs at a clinical trial is mentioned. Zac Efron also stars.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:May 13, 2022
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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