Wednesday, June 30, 2010

FIREBALL

A fairly standard, low-budget and low-ambition B-flick aimed at the SyFy crowd, FIREBALL (2009) stars genre vets Lexa Doig (JASON X, GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA, V) and Ian Somerhalder (LOST, SMALLVILLE).

A sociopathic ex-football star named Tyler Draven (stuntman/actor Aleks Paunovic, CAPRICA), is arrested for beating up a reporter and tossed into a small-town jail. The jail catches on fire, and Draven somehow survives the inferno - and develops pyrokinetic powers. When he escapes from the hospital and goes on a fiery rampage, it's up to pretty fire investigator (Doig) and irritating Federal agent (Somerhalder) to stop him.

Competently helmed by television director Kristoffer Tabori, FIREBALL is generally inoffensive, Canadian DTV nonsense, that clearly doesn't have its sights set too high. The performances are solid enough, the CGI flame effects are just adequate, a car or two explode nicely, and I always enjoy spending a little time with the lovely Lexa, but there's not much else to the flick - certainly no surprises or visual flair.

The DVD screener I received from MTI sports a perfectly satisfactory 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and 2.0 audio. The only extra on the promo disc is a trailer for the film. The actual consumer edition that streeted last week appears to be equally bare-bones.

FIREBALL's an unexceptional little genre effort that has a couple of decent leads, and that's about it. If you're a fan of Doig (and who couldn't be?) or Somerhalder, it might be worth catching when it reruns on SyFy.

BUY: Fireball