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Blimey this was awful. It's my own fault, I know - I'd heard it was bad and really should've known better. When you put this sub-TV movie adaptation of Stephen King's novel next to Carpenter's Christine or Cronenberg's The Dead Zone, made just the year before, Mark L Lester's (who?) Firestarter fails on every level. The flat, "just speak the lines" direction renders the (admittedly not that compelling) storyline of a young child (Drew Barrymore, of course, who is supposed to be 8 but plays it like 5) born with telekinetic powers to cause anything (or anyone) to catch fire, and being hunted by the government whose unethical, dangerous experiments on her parents caused the mutation in the first place, utterly flat and lifeless. Not even the presence of such illustrious Hollywood talent as George C Scott and Martin Sheen (who was of course the dangerous antagonist in The Dead Zone) can save this absolute turkey - 0 screaming FBI men burnt to a horrific crisp out of 10.
I've watched this film quite a few times over the years and still enjoy it. This story in particular is clearly a major inspiration for the Stephen King tribute series "Stranger Things": a girl with dangerous mental powers on the run from the shady organisation whose dodgy experiments gave her those powers.
Even after all these years the special effects still hold their own and there are decent performances from all the principal actors, but the star of the show is George C. Scott. His performance as "Rainbird" is simply excellent and he owns every scene he's in.
There is a sequel to this, but like most sequels it is best avoided.
Watched this film a number of years ago after reading the book. I have read all Stephen Kings books so am now buying the Films. This particular film was made on a shoestring budget so suffers as a consequence. Nevertheless, its a good story and well acted.
A mostly faithful adaptation of the enjoyable Stephen King story of a little girl with extraordinary powers. I am a fan of King’s stories that feature kids with powers like The Shinning, Doctor Sleep Carrie & IT, chances are if you enjoyed those you might like this.