A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages in bombastic disaster movie.
Positive Role Models
Strong female lead. Otherwise, characters are too much like stock characters seen in all blockbuster epic disaster movies.
Violence & Scariness
An active volcano erupts, trapping 50,000 people, killing many. In the movie's prologue, a little girl watches in horror as a volcano erupts and takes the life of her mother. Characters killed by volcanic rock falling from the sky. Death by electrocution. Intense peril as a young girl cries for her mother, and a man rescues her while seeing that her mother has died. Car crashes and flips. Characters try to outdrive torrential lava rolling down a mountain. Helicopter crash. Near-death on a monorail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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"S--t" used once. Also: "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Skechers logo painted on side of a building.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne drinking. After witnessing his theme park and hotel get destroyed by a volcano, one of the lead characters pours himself a strong glass of whiskey on the rocks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Skyfire is a 2019 Chinese action movie in which a volcano erupts and wreaks havoc on an island on the verge of becoming a luxury resort. Expect lots of disaster-movie violence as volcanic rock strikes and kills some of the people running for their lives, with ash and lava also a recurring threat. Some emotional peril -- in the movie's prologue, a young girl witnesses her mother getting struck by a volcanic rock during an eruption before she's overtaken by a massive ash storm as her husband watches in horror. Later in the movie, a little girl cries for her missing mother after another eruption has rained down on the island; a man rescues her and sees her mother dead nearby. Besides the death by volcano, there's also electrocution death, a helicopter crash, and peril with trucks and monorails. After watching as his luxury resort and hotel burns from the volcano's wrath, the owner pours himself a strong drink of what looks like whiskey on the rocks. Champagne drinking. Infrequent profanity, including "s--t." In English, Chinese, and Mandarin, with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Once again, a disaster movie shows us the folly and vanity of mankind in the face of a cruel and indifferent planet. This time, it's Skyfire, and the natural disaster is a volcano. While there are some moments of unintentional amusement -- for instance, an underwater wedding proposal that doesn't exactly go as the aspiring groom had planned, a monorail rescue scene in which characters are literally thrown from one monorail to the next before one of the monorails crashes to the ashen earth -- this Chinese disaster movie adheres to the tried-and-true Michael Bay formula of bombastic everything and absurdly over-the-top dialogue from larger-than-life heroes. There are also too many stock character types and disaster movie tropes to catalog in this short space, but it's enough to know that this lengthy list goes far in making this movie almost impressive in how much they used from so many other movies.
It would all be fine if everything that has been seen in so many movies before was somehow converted into an original movie, but this isn't the case. One could say that it's a victory that the movie doesn't end with the military stopping the volcano by bombing it to death, but it doesn't really change how uninspired this tale of surviving CGI volcanic ash, lava, and rock really is. If you're a fan of disaster movies and want them to be just like all of the ones you have seen before, Skyfire should prove enjoyable. For anyone hoping for more, it's a disappointment.
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