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This Chris Soth screenplay is directed by Dean Semler, the Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves cinematographer who also did cinematography for Waterworld and Last Action Hero. The film's action hero is Howie Long (Broken Arrow), Fox Sports commentator and former NFL star. Wyoming firefighter Jesse Graves (Long) leads a team of smoke-jumpers who parachute into forest fires. Inside a penitentiary, killer Earl Shaye (William Forsythe) devises an escape plan in order to recover a hidden $37 million. He murders a fellow inmate and takes his place in a group of convicts headed out to fight a forest… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In movies, as in life, you take your warmth where you can find it, but this particular wienie roast is bound to leave you cold."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"It is just a run-of-the-mill action movie."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"When the film isn't using some stock footage of actual forest fires, the simulated ones look hokey."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Put it this way: Long is Olivier compared to the last ex-pro football player to try his hand at the silver screen, Brian Bosworth."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Examiner
"...boasts an old-fashioned sensibility that benefits from several surprisingly thrilling set pieces..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The action movie for which the term 'by the numbers' might have been coined."
‑ Elliott Stern, Film Journal International
"This film isn't apt to light your fire and it's doubtful it will ignite much action at the box-office."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"No one should mistake Firestorm for a "quality" motion picture. It's not, and it wasn't designed to be."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Well, it coulda been a LOT worse."
‑ Christopher Null,
"It's fast, simple-minded action with a lot of corny dialogue, preposterous circumstance and good looking people."
‑ Elspeth Haughton, Apollo Guide
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