Spoiler-Free Review of “Firestarter” (2022) on Peacock: Flashy effects but lacks edge

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“You’re strong so you don’t have to be afraid…”

Firestarter (2022) premiered in theaters and on Peacock on May 13th 2022. The science fiction horror film (based on the novel and film of the same name) stars Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, and Michael Greyeyes. It runs for an hour and thirty-five minutes.

A young couple tries to hide their daughter from a secret agency that wants to use her abilities for mass destruction.

Here is the trailer:

Firestarter has some impressive effects and a decent enough cast, but did we really need a re-imagining of the original film? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Decent effects.

The original Firestarter came out in 1984 so one major improvement was the effects used throughout the film. They were actually really impressive and probably the best part of it. Don’t mess with Charlie!

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Stand-out performances.

Zac Efron is actually not bad in this film. However, Armstrong and Greyeyes steal the show. I thought both of them were really strong and they saved the film in a lot of ways. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more backstory for some of the other characters to fill in some gaps but the length of the film was just about right.

The Cons:

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Cringe-worthy dialogue…

The dialogue was really not great in this one and the film was pretty predictable. The acting was fine for some characters but I think the makers of this movie could have done a lot more. I rarely expect a remake to outshine the original one, but I was expecting something new and fresh and instead everything was just sort of okay and unnecessary…

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

The film is not bad and is watchable for the most part, but there just isn’t anything extraordinary about it. It’s lacking edge and other than some cool visual effects, I’m not sure that we needed a new version of this film.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Firestarter (2022) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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