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Cast: Gary Dourdan, Florentine Lahme, Ralph Herforth, Numan Acar, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Ken Duken, Manuel Cortez, Shaun Lawton, Joachim Paul Assböck, Thure Riefenstein
Phil (Gary Dourdan) and his wife, Eve (Florentine Lahme), walked into the bank with one simple item on their to-do list: securing a loan to help them buy their first home. But when terrorists take over the building and kidnap Eve, it's up to Phil to put out the fire. A determined Phil knows how far an ordinary man will go to do something extraordinary and save the woman he loves. But have the terrorists underestimated him?
Right from the start "Fire" has you hooked with an exciting chase scene right at the opening of the film. From there the film begins to take you on a a political thrill ride filled with twists and turns and characters that help build on the suspense and mystery of what is unfolding before your eyes. Just when you think you have the film figured out another twist is introduced and you are back to square one. That is what I found most enjoyable about the film, besides being entertained you are constantly forced to think your way through the film as well. Engaging is a good word to describe the film and there's plenty of action to back the story as well. Fire is a German based film so you can't expect the kind of production you see in a big "Hollywood" production but the filmmakers here did a great job and made the most out of what they had to work with. The cast did a terrific job for the most part and Gary Dourdan who plays the lead actor did a wonderful job at making his character believable.
There is no doubt we have all seen thrillers like this before but that doesn't make this any less enjoyable because "Fire" doesn't try to be anything more than it is. The film comes with plenty of action, suspense and story to keep you entertained from beginning to end. You might find yourself scratching your head at times about what is going on but don't worry all the pieces of the puzzle come together nicely as the film moves along. If you like the genre I recommend picking this up, you are going to be glad you did. The film is available now on DVD and also on Comcast OnDemand starting in October. You can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Maverick Entertainment
*** 1/2 Out Of *****