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I just watch this firelight TV series I LOVE THIS SHOW... It is very emotional but has a lot of good in it. I'm kinda experiencing the same thing but its my brother that is in jail.. I think this show is educational and moving.. I think this show will teach the youth. I wish this show was on when i was growing up. It shows that you are not alone no matter what and their our people that care. You have picked the best actor to fit the part of DJ, and the rest of the cast YOU GIRLS ROCK. Keep up the awesome work and making the youth of these years aware. Keep up the awesome work, I will be watching every show.. cant wait to see your girls put out that fire..... I love your show
The Hallmark Channel has a winner in this very slow-starting but
finally compelling movie of how young girls redeem themselves at a
Youth Correctional Facility. The movie starts out looking a lot like a
standard girls in prison movie -- without the usual cheap-movie lesbian
subtext -- as Q'orianka Kilcher winds up in prison and is tempted by
the safety and rewards of a gang and the self-respect of joining a
firefighting group. In many ways this movie is a throwback to the
prison reform movies of the 1930s.
Although Cuba Gooding Jr. is the big name for this movie and Ms. Kilcher the lead, the script shows us other girls, to illustrate the various choices and phases of the process. DeWanda Wise has the most interestingly written role and performs well.
Although there is little out of the ordinary in this movie, its earnest good will and insistence on the basics of real story-telling -- the change of human character -- make it a superior work that made my eyes tear up towards the end.
Seeing all the big budget movies these days with almost no redeeming
value whatsoever it's a delight to find a jewel like this just out of
pure good fortune.
A movie made for TV, with Cuba Jr seemed at first a normal to mediocre movie about girls in a correctional facility, but what appeared to be a regular movie turn out to be wonderful because of the little details.
Cuba is great at showing as the good guy, this role suits him perfectly, it doesn't seem forced, the rest of the girls plays their part too, with impeccable acting. What stand out the most about this movie is it's kindness toward humanity, the good message that flows through the movie and don't come out forced, incredible so.
DeWanda Wise truly shines in this movie, it's character is by far the more complex in this movie, the direction and script also gave her a lot of freedom to express as a truly wonderful actress, the sad parts really made me cry and it's partly due to her wonderful work.
it's hard to find movies with a true heart these days, where violence and killing are glorified by Hollywood as trademarks of "entertainment". This movie is anti-violence on it's guts, beautifully shot, with very good timing and without being forced upon.
If you're in for a good movie about human mistakes and redemption (not religious) this movie IS for you.
Now i'm thrilled, there is still plenty of good movies out there to watch and there is still good art to be found in the cinema industry.
A solid 8 out of 10.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Another excellent Hallmark film is depicted here. It is essentially
about young women who have been incarcerated learning about themselves
and to do positive things for society.
As is the case with any prison, there are groups ready to repent and move on in a positive way in their lives; of course, there are the recalcitrant, those who will not adhere to society's rules no matter what.
Cuba Gooding is totally sympathetic and firm as the youth counselor in the correctional facility.
While the story is supposedly about girls fighting fires, it's much more than that. Two girls in particular learn what life is all about.
Others might criticize the actions of the parole board here. Yet, this is their job-to be firm, and to make sure that the girls have sufficiently shown they deserve parole while making sure their lives will be positive on the outside.
This is an inspirational movie for all to see.
This is a very sincere Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie. It does get into
slow melodrama territory sometimes.
DJ (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is a counselor who trying to save some of girls at the youth correctional facility.
He's leading a group of girls volunteering to battle wildfires. The girls each have their problems that they work through, and problems with other girls in the facility. The confrontations and the atmosphere inside are all well done.
The acting is very good especially Q'orianka Kilcher (The New World) and DeWanda Wise.
At the start of the movie, Caroline and her boyfriend are on the run
after committing a robbery. She is only 17 so her boyfriend says
there's no way she will do time.
Caroline is on a bus to the Rockwood Youth Correctional Facility. But the bus needs a tire change, and it just so happens the bus can go past a fire where the RYCF fire crew is working. The new prisoners change buses and the fire crew will wait for the new tire and use the other bus. While this is happening, Caroline is frightened by a butterfly. Naturally, the other girls laugh, but Terry shows compassion and gets the butterfly off of Caroline. And from this point on Caroline is nicknamed "Butterfly" and Terry becomes her best friend. At least once Caroline is open to having friends.
Prison is not pleasant, but it's not so bad. Caroline can't send a letter to her boyfriend, but Pedra has a way to sneak a letter to him. Unlike Terry, though, Pedra will expect some sort of benefit for her actions. Also, some of the girls bully Caroline. One reason is that Caroline is a very talented artist and the girls view her drawings of them and their families on visiting day to be an invasion of privacy. Another reason is that she does really well in school--she must finish school because of her age. It's no worse than what one might find in a inner-city school, but it's no paradise.
D.J. is the compassionate counselor who gets to go home to his family each night and who wants the best for all the girls. Some of them work on the fire crew, which gives them a purpose in life and valuable job training that will help on the outside. Plus the girls seem to have a good time when fighting fires. Terry is the crew's leader.
The funding for the fire crew might be cut. D.J. needs to find more girls to recruit or it won't be safe for them to fight fires. Terry is up for parole--and it's a good thing because her military veteran mother is dying--and so is Keisha. Replacements are needed, and not just any girl can qualify. D.J. thinks Caroline might once she turns 18, but Caroline isn't interested.
Also important to the story is Amy, who refuses to see her father, but participates in a really exciting rescue.
So will Caroline join the fire crew? Will Terry make parole?
This is a really good movie, and one families can watch together. What little violence this movie has is no worse than what would be found in a bad school. Or even a good school with some bad kids. Although there is the flashback that shows why Terry is in prison. She is a good girl and should have never ended up in prison. It was an accident, but one she could have prevented, and one for which she could have taken more responsibility. And this movie teaches a lot about making choices and making things happen in one's life. Things don't happen to you--YOU make them happen. That is the theme of this movie.
The commercials mentioned "Oscar winner" Cuba Gooding Jr., but he's not the one who gives an award-winning performance, though he does a fine job. DeWanda Wise is the one who deserves some sort of recognition, because she is outstanding. One of her best scenes is the one where she breaks the rules to teach Caroline about Plato while she is in "detention" (Caroline was fighting and is confined to a cell instead of getting to enjoy what few benefits this prisons offers). D.J. thinks this is the best thing for Caroline. And it is. And it's only the beginning for these two.
The other leading actors also do a good job. And I want to single out the black member of the parole board as well.
There are some really fun scenes. The girls like to sing, and when doing their training they do that "I don't know but I've been told" routine. There is a radio in the bus. And the girls are on the news after that exciting rescue.
This movie has a lot of heart and inspires us to do better.
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