Firefight Release Date: 2003 Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller Director(s): Paul Ziller (Bloodfist IV: Die Trying, Snakehead Terror) Writer(s): Elizabeth Sanchez & Paul Ziller (both of Avalanche Alley) Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Steve Bacic, Nick Mancuso To give you an idea of how the direct-to-video industry will readily latch onto anything popular, Firefight was actually […]

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Firefight
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
Director(s): Paul Ziller (Bloodfist IV: Die Trying, Snakehead Terror)
Writer(s): Elizabeth Sanchez & Paul Ziller (both of Avalanche Alley)
Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Steve Bacic, Nick Mancuso

To give you an idea of how the direct-to-video industry will readily latch onto anything popular, Firefight was actually called Backfire during its shoot. Remember Backdraft? Yeah. I guess it eventually dawned on the people at New Concorde that Backdraft came out twelve years before, and as a result, would not be sitting on the new release shelf next to their film.

Despite his picture being on the cover, this isn’t a Stephen Baldwin film. With Baldwin playing a villain, and quite poorly at that, Steve Bacic takes the hero role as volunteer firefighter and diner owner Jonas. After saving two cash transporters when a local forest is ablaze, being turned down for a loan spurs Jonas to team up with former crime partner George (Mancuso, really showing his age) to pull off a heist. With some extra help coming from bad guy Wolf’s (Baldwin) girlfriend, they plan to set a controlled forest fire at just the right time. This will allow them to get away with the money in the same transport vehicle he had previously saved. They run into two problems. For one, the fire gets out of control, causing the money to drop from the plane. And secondly, the vicious Wolf has found out about the plan, and wants to take all the money for himself.

While entirely too predictable, Firefight delivers to a certain extent on the action front. It’s fast paced, features some half decent effects, and never really slows down. On the other hand there’s Stephen Baldwin. With a big strand of hair sticking out, supposedly to represent that he’s an evil man, this is probably one of the worst performances of his career. Baldwin isn’t the type who should be playing the bad guy, and when you consider that this is the type of movie that he surely went into not having practiced his lines before, Firefight just wasn’t a good project for him. I guess that’s the power of the almighty dollar at work.

Ablaze is a tad bit better than this, but if you’re the type who hates stock footage action films (a category that Ablaze falls into at points), they’re about even.
DVD: A cute behind the scenes featurette that’s best part comes from Baldwin trying to scrap a line, to which the director simply replies by telling him “No.”

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