Andrew and Vicky McGee met while earning money as guinea pigs for an experiment at college. The experiment was shrouded in suspicion and mystery, and seemed to be related to psychic abilities. The two were married and had a daughter, Charlie, who has the ability to start fires by merely thinking about it, also known as pyrokinesis. Naturally, the government takes a great interest in Charlie, and operatives from the secret department known as "The Shop" want to quarantine and study her.Written by
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The video game Charlie is playing in her room is Slither (1982) by Century II on a ColecoVision game console. See more »
When Charlie is destroying The Shop's mansion you can clearly see where the set was cut so it could destroyed easily. Right after Charlie sends the second fire ball into the house the shot pans up to the balcony where a man is burning. In that shot you can see where the balcony has been set to be destroyed. You can also see the explosives wrapped around the pillars to cause them to break off at predetermined places. See more »
FIRESTARTER has some interesting moments. It has some good scenes. From a historical account perspective, it certainly is a milestone both for Stephen King (and the phenomenon of his books being adapted to film) as well as for Drew Barrymore, who stars here in one of her very young roles.
The acting is not great. There are times when it could be better and you think they probably should have done another take until you realize that it probably took them all day just to get it as good as they did, which is not good at all. You can't really blame an actor that young though. Ultimately, it feels like they made this movie just for money, and their hearts were not in it. It has that feel to it. It's bad in that way. And it's too long and too boring. Do not recommend.
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