FIRENADO (2023) Reviews of disaster crime movie [updated]

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‘Destroying everything it touches’
Firenado is a 2023 British disaster movie about scientists trying to deal with a fire tornado and an organised crime home invasion.

Co-directed and co-produced by Rhys Frake-Waterfield (Bambi: The ReckoningWinnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2Peter Pan’s Neverland NightmareRise of the Loch NessWinnie-the-Pooh: Blood and HoneySky Monster) and Scott Jeffrey (Medusa’s VenomJack FrostSpider in the AtticThe MutationBatsBad Nun: Deadly VowsCupidClownDoll) from a screenplay written by Tom Jolliffe (The Area 51 Incident; Wrath of Van HelsingReign of ChaosJurassic IslandThe Leprechaun’s CurseOuija HostsThe Legend of Jack and JillWitches of Amityville AcademyScarecrow’s Revenge).

The Dark Abyss Productions movie stars Sian Altman, Nicola Wright, Stephen Staley, Toby Wynn-Davies, Gordon Joseph Millar, Leah McInnes, Daniel Godfrey and Charlie Boyce.

Plot synopsis:
Four scientists uncover a ground-breaking technology seemingly capable of controlling the weather. On the first use of the tech, it malfunctions and creates a fire tornado. As the “firenado” leaves a wake of destruction, the group assist in evacuating nearby residents and in doing so they stumble upon an organised crime home invasion. The group struggle to survive the two threats…


” …if you have no budget and a big idea then your characters and plot better be interesting enough to watch. This is where Firenado falls short because it feels very much like the production was aware of its limitations, but didn’t have enough of a good story or characters to keep things going […] However, with a hero who delivers his lines like he’s been dubbed by another actor and characters that nobody cares about, Firenado is about as forgettable as it should be.” Battle Royale with Cheese

Firenado feels like a film that wants to be seen as farcical, as a funny take on the (un)natural disaster movie trope that throws in some unexpected man-made tension to boot. But instead, it just feels a bit haphazard and lethargic, despite a surprisingly committed, if not particularly convincing, cast.” Loud and Clear

“Not content with simply being a self-inflicted disaster movie, Firenado decides to add some thieves to the mix. As the news picks up word about the dust devil running rampant and mowing down whatever is in its distinctly precise path a local gang decides an on-fire superstorm is a perfect time for robbing a mobster called Pierce Moore. If you’re a connoisseur of accents I think you should pay close attention to Toby Wynn-Davies’ attempt at a Southern one.” Mother of Movies

” …it doesn’t feel as much of a threat as it should be. The criminals are created to be ruthless, making them feel more dangerous to the overall plot of the movie. This does fall into the big disaster gimmick that doesn’t get to use it enough.” 3 out of 5, Movie Reviews 101

“The bottom line is this: you’ve seen this before. Probably better, too. Firenado isn’t breaking any boundaries, but it’s not to say it can’t be enjoyed. If that’s your kind of movie, if that’s your jam, silly and mindless goofs, then this might be up your alley. It’s a goof. And it’s better than Croc! at least.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“A heist movie that’s part Twister, part Sharknado – now that’s a new one for sure. And while the outcome might not exactly be a masterpiece – it suffers from a lack of budget to give the film it’s proper scale, and from so-so special effects -, it’s still a fun romp that mixes disaster and crime movie clichés with a gusto, keeps the pace high throughout to keep the audience at the edge of their seats, and yet finds the occasional flashes of humour in the goings-on.” Search My Trash

” …Firenado has more going for it than against it. Yes, it’s as much a crime film as it is a disaster film and could have used more scenes of destruction. But it makes good use of what it has and the results make for a diverting eighty minutes.” 3 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony

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