- 1 hr 54 min
Firestarter is a 1984 science fiction thriller directed by Mark L. Lester and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars Drew Barrymore as Charlie McGee, a young girl with the power of pyrokinesis, and David Keith as her father, Andy, who possesses the ability to control minds. The movie begins with a flashback to a shady government experiment that resulted in the creation of Andy and other subjects who possess supernatural abilities. Years later, Charlie and her parents are living in hiding, trying to avoid being discovered by a secret organization known as "The Shop" that seeks to capture and study people with these powers.
The story picks up momentum when The Shop finally tracks down Andy and Charlie, separating them from each other and taking them to their facility for research. Charlie's psychic abilities and uncontrollable fire-starting powers become the focus of the research, and The Shop's leaders begin to see her as a weapon that could be used for their own purposes.
As Charlie's powers become less and less controllable, Andy teams up with a woman named Vicky (played by Heather Locklear) with powers of her own to rescue Charlie and escape from The Shop's clutches. The climax of the film is a thrilling escape sequence that involves explosions, gunfire, and more pyrotechnics than could ever be described in words.
The film is best known for Drew Barrymore's performance as Charlie, who delivers an emotionally charged portrayal of a young girl who is both scared and angry at her extraordinary abilities. David Keith also gives a standout performance as Andy, a man who must come to terms with his past and fight for his daughter's safety.
The special effects in Firestarter are impressive, particularly the scenes in which Charlie releases her pyrokinesis powers. The film also features a moody and suspenseful score by Tangerine Dream, which sets the tone of the movie perfectly.
Overall, Firestarter is a solid adaptation of Stephen King's novel, filled with tension, action, and compelling performances. Despite some deviations from the source material, it works well as a standalone film that is both entertaining and emotionally engaging.
Firestarter is a 1984 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 54 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0 and a MetaScore of 50.