The film begins with a young girl, Ming Li, and her two parents studying a volcano. During the testing process, the volcano erupts and takes the life of her mother. Jumping forward to the present day, Ming Li (Hannah Quinlivan) is all grown up and now following in similar footsteps to her mother. In fact, Ming Li, along with her team, are studying the same volcano which once took the lives of many so unexpectedly, including her mother. The only difference now is the volcano has become a tourist attraction with a theme park surrounding it.
Ming Li and her team conduct routine checks on the volcano, but her father, Wentao Li (Xueqi Wang), is confident the volcano will wake up once again sooner than anyone can expect. As a retired expert on volcanic activity, Wentao Li acts on his fears and travels to the island to beg Ming Li to leave before it is too late. Of course, it is not long until the volcano erupts! Now a small group of people must come together to help save lives and attempt to escape the island once and for all.
Have you ever seen a disaster film about a volcano exploding, such as Dante’s Peak from 1997 or even Volcano, also from 1997? If yes, some movie lovers may find many elements here somewhat familiar when it comes to plot and even subplots during the film. This also applies to the film’s rescue attempts.
While Skyfire relies on heavy use of CGI, I am proud to say that I found the film to be incredibly creative when it comes to its effects and even the general look of the modern theme park. It is incredibly pleasing to see on screen. The visuals are also praiseworthy, and the film’s audio track offers plenty of fun.
The film’s opening is pleasing, and as expected, we are introduced to several characters not long before the horrific event occurs. The character setup is engaging enough that viewers will generally care for all once the chaos on the island begins.
Overall, I am glad to say this is one of Simon West’s more positive films, given his past resume of releases. Skyfire is a fun, action-packed, and entertaining film filled with creative moments thanks to the heavy use of CGI. Sure, as a disaster movie, some moments feel familiar, but I am confident many movie lovers will still find this pleasing no matter what. The film’s set up is enjoyable and builds enough at the start for us to cheer on the leading characters and hope they all survive the disaster. The third act was also surprising, with unpredictable moments. If you seek a brainless, fun time, Skyfire is undoubtedly worth seeking out on physical media today.
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