FIRELIGHT (TV 2012)
Release Date: April 22, 2012
Starring: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Q’orianka
Kilcher, DeWanda Wise, Sharon
Morris, Maria Howell, Vickie
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Hallmark Hall of Fame
Director: Darnell Martin
Executive Producer: Alicia Keys, Susan Lewis, Mary
Martin, Brent Shields
Producer: David Rosemont
Writer: Ligiah Villalobos
Address Comments To:Brad Moore, President
Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
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Studio City, CA 91604
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The young women at the detention center have committed crimes ranging from gang-related violence to white-collar, corporate theft, from deadly hit-and-runs to armed robbery. However, D.J. (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), the head of the detention center, doesn’t look at any of them as criminals with no hope of rehabilitation. Instead, what he sees are young women who have a chance to both accept responsibility for their actions as well as gain redemption in order to be integrated back into society.
When a new young inmate named Caroline arrives, D.J. automatically sees something different in her, something that even she refuses to acknowledge. Caroline quickly finds herself thrust between two groups within the prison: a gang of tough women who exist by intimidation, and a group who is part of a prisoner-sponsored fire fighting program, better known as Crew 9.
Crew 9 helps local firefighters with wildfires while learning lessons about teamwork and responsibility. D.J. is so proud of his Crew 9 girls and their rehabilitation rates. He implores Caroline to be a part of it, but she refuses. Instead, she tries to navigate her way through the prison hierarchy on her own. Soon, however, Caroline finds herself the target of the gang's threats. She’s befriended and, ultimately, joins with the girls of Crew 9. There, she finds acceptance and redemption, and even learns lessons of self-sacrifice and heroism.
FIRELIGHT is a simple, honest movie that delivers some very heart-warming moments, especially as the various young women face their individual trials. While the movie focuses mainly on Caroline's character journey, her story has less emotional impact than some of the other character's stories. The movie also has some under-developed stories – especially D.J.'s home life – that could have added some more dynamics to the plot. As it is, however, FIRELIGHT delivers a moral tale, a story of young prisoners who find purpose and redemption. The movie has some mixed philosophies from Socrates to Voltaire as well as mild elements of very light violence and miscellaneous immorality such as threats and bullying, but there’s nothing that requires too much caution, so media-wise audience can enjoy FIRELIGHT for what it offers – an often heart-warming character drama that stresses a morally uplifting attitude.
FIRELIGHT is a simple, honest movie that delivers some very heart-warming moments. However, Caroline’s story is not as interesting as some of the other inmates’ stories. Also, D.J.’s home life could have added more dynamic elements. Even so, FIRELIGHT is an uplifting, absorbing drama that’s worth seeing. It has some mixed philosophies from Socrates and Voltaire, light violence, and some miscellaneous immorality, such as threats and bullying. This content is done in a light, family-friendly manner. So, FIRELIGHT is appropriate viewing for the whole family.