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Out Of The Inferno (2013 aka Out Of Inferno/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C

From the Pang Brothers, who previous brought the Kristen Stewart-led supernatural thriller The Messengers and Bangkok Dangerous, comes the new Hong Kong fire-fighter thriller that essentially takes Ron Howard's Backdraft and makes it a B-movie. Obviously shot in 3D, many of Out Of The Inferno's (2013) key sequences are plugged in with poor effects shots like digital fire (though some real fire was used) and other poor digital exterior effects shots that completely took me out of the story. Though released in China in 2013, the film is just now seeing its way to disc in North America.

The film stars Ching Wan Lau (aka Sean Lau), Louis Koo, Angelica Lee, Sicheng Chen, Natalie Tong, Sui-Fai Cheung, and Qiaqiao Jin.

Two brothers are training to be fire fighters when one of them fails the test. Many years later, one brother is a firefighter who never sees his pregnant wife and the other is a successful businessman with a huge tower he works in. On the hottest day in 50 years, a serious fire breaks out at the bottom of the tower and the building is forced to evacuate, each floor with its own side characters equipped with their own inner drama and hidden motives. Its up to a group of fire fighters, including the two brothers. to save the lives and escape before the building crumbles.

Aside from some bad visual effects, the film also suffers from a predictable story and a bit too much focus away from some of the main characters and more on the sub-characters, all of which easily fit into standard character archetypes.

Presented in standard definition with a widescreen anamorphic aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1 track with English subtitles, the film looks fine on the DVD format but could benefit to high definition, though that would show the bad shots in a worse light. A Digital Copy is also included.

Extras include Making Out of the Inferno and a Trailer Gallery.

- James Lockhart



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