Parents' Guide to

Skyfire

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Some peril, violence in volcano eruption disaster movie.

Movie NR 2019 93 minutes
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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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