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Firelight (2012)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 22 April 2012
A group of young inmates are given the opportunity to turn their lives around by becoming volunteer firefighters .

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... DJ
Q'orianka Kilcher ... Caroline
DeWanda Wise ... Terry Easle
Rivka Rivera ... Pedra (as Rebecca Rivera)
Yakini Horn ... Keisha Daniels
Sianoa Smit-McPhee ... Tammy
Emily Tremaine ... Amy Scott
Diany Rodriguez ... Oketa
Maria Howell ... Mrs. Easle
Steve Coulter ... Mr. Scott
Bruce McKinnon ... Capt. Michael Kelly
Lynn Cole ... Deirdre Benton (CO)
Julie Ivey ... Adrienne Carter (CO)
Matthew Brady Matthew Brady ... CO on Bus (as Matt Brady)
Nicky Buggs ... Melanie Johnson
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The incarcerated girls and young women come from troubled - often violent - backgrounds. According to DJ, "They come in [here] so broken...These are girls who've been abused and objectified their whole lives." The film illustrates how many of the young women achieve salvation through joining an elite band of volunteers tasked with battling forest fires, building hiking trails in remote areas and assisting during natural disasters. The volunteers have to survive several weeks of rigorous training, be in peak physical condition and have to learn how to work as a team, often in life-threatening situations. DJ says that he developed the volunteer force "because I wanted to change the way these girls see themselves. To feel strong. To see other people respecting their strength."In the words of Cuba Gooding Jr., "These women fought to save lives. They ended up saving their own." Written by ABC Media Relations

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Fighting the Fire
30 April 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

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.


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