Fire From Below
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In the vein of the hugely popular films Ladder 49 and Backdraft!
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Seismologist Jake Denning (Kevin Sorbo) and his fiancé Dr. Kerrie Watkins (Maeghan Albach) are on their way to a lake for a little relaxation, however a destructive phenomenon occurring in the area ruins their plans. A dangerous lithium isotope has been released from a mine, and has somehow become "animated". The threat is manifested as floating balls of light, and moving shafts of flame that take flight, causing fires, death, and destruction, as the substance seeks water. If this sounds completely whacko, the plot is actually dumber than it sounds.
Denning and Watkins are detained by the Government, and begin working with the military, after everyone in a town near the lake is found dead. Drake Industries, a mining company is responsible for releasing the unstable "L6 lithium", which could possible cause a nuclear reaction.Read more ›
I think this must be one of those really cheap made for TV movies that the SYFY channel airs.
All I saw when I reserved this thing was a short description, and that it starred Kevin Sorbo (Hercules Series). I figured that if it had Sorbo it couldn't be all bad. It wasn't all bad, just mostly bad.
To put it in a nutshell, this movies was so full of holes, I felt a draft while watching it.
The whole premise was stupid from the start. Corporate miners strike a pure lithium source which proceeds to shoot out and kill them all. The fireball follows people around until it vaporizes them, then it goes away itself.
There is the chance that the deposit will explode in a nuclear type blast, but Sorbo, his girlfriend, and ex-girlfriend still have time to talk about stupid stuff. The girlfriend is jealous of the Ex, and the Ex just wanted to hear an apology from Sorbo.
Two of the team gets trapped in the caverns and are making their way to the surface, only they are going at about ten steps a minute. I suppose they had to shuffle their feet because the set wasn't big enough.
Sorbo goes into the caverns with two soldiers to blow up the lithium vein with some kind of fancy bomb. He takes the EX along. He tells his girlfriend that she couldn't go because it wasn't her field of expertise. The Ex didn't do anything but stop walking at one point and talk more stupid stuff. She got her apology from Sorbo so all was well: Except they still had not set the charges. This is all she did. The only reason that she was in this particular story line was the idiotic apology.
The bombs go off, the Earth is saved, blah, blah, blah.
In case you are wondering, there was nothing on TV that I wanted to watch so I wasted 89 minutes of my life watching this instead.
Oh the agony! :p
You might expect this to be one of those cheesy and silly "B-Grade" science fiction movies. You'd be right. Hey, it's the truth. There's enough cheese to make a good Tex-Mex queso, and it's silly enough for the queso to then go on-stage for comic improv. Just say'n.
Accept the silly premise, and there is an action-adventure that keeps you engaged, occasionally smiling, and overall glad for the experience.
"Fire From Below" is a disaster-sci-fi adventure. A rich industrialist whose personality approaches "super-villian" puts--you guessed it--his profit above safety. Trying to unearth a "super lithium" that has applications ranging from energy to super-strong and lightweight tank armor, he bullies his beleaguered miners into inadvertently igniting the ore. This starts a fusion chain reaction that will lead to the End of the World!
Enter our band of heroes. Following normal hero ethos of the genre, they risk lives and relationships to Save the World.
Oh, did I mention that the "fire from below" that releases as this fusion reaction builds will pursue humans with a "near intelligent" behavior. Yes, it chases you down and incinerates you!
I warned you the premise was silly. Now put it aside. Once you accept it, the story is much better than you'd expect. "Fire From Below" mixes humor, adventure, and characters well. Direction and production quality is what you'd expect from a "B-Movie" that I strongly suspect was a low-budget TV movie. That doesn't get in the way of the story, though. Acting was surprisingly good for this type of movie, though no Oscars were awarded.
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OK sci-fi film. If you like Sorbo you will probably like the film.Published 2 months ago by David W. Barsness
Actually a good SyFy film. Love the Female Lead.... and Kevin does a solid bit of acting as well. Not so sure bout
Sue though....lol. Great story line. Read more
The acting is good the special effects lack credibility, but overall the script is an environmentally friendly one with a real important msg and with fracking occupying so much... Read morePublished 8 months ago by crosscountryman
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