Out Of The Inferno DVD Review
“Out Of The Inferno” is a watchable, but forgettable disaster flick.
As you can probably surmise from the title, “Out Of The Inferno” is about a fire. More specifically, it’s about a fire that breaks out in a skyscraper. The bulk of the film revolves around the heroes of this tale- Keung (a former firefighter turned fire protection company businessman working in the skyscraper) and his brother Tai Kwan (a firefighter tasked with putting out the fire). Together (along with other people), they try to evacuate the building, put out fires, and hopefully make it out alive themselves. The drama is not just limited to those characters as there are small subplots involving Tai Kwan’s wife Si-Lok (who is also trapped in the building), a family looking for their daughter, a thief/murderer, and Keung’s girlfriend.
If you’ve seen one fire disaster movie, you’ve seen them all. “Out Of The Inferno” is basically the Chinese film equivalent of “The Towering Inferno” only nowhere near as good. Not only is it technically less impressive (due to the lame CGI), but the characterization leaves a lot to be desired. There’s nothing remotely deep here character wise as it’s basically a glorified soap opera with a disaster film backdrop.
On the plus side, there are some intense action set pieces here. Granted, they become increasingly tedious as the film goes on, but they are well done and manage to hold your interest.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? No complaints with the picture quality here. It’s a crisp transfer through and through.
Audio Tracks: Cantonese and English Dolby Digital 5.1. How do they sound? The English track is a typical bad dub. Stick with the original language Cantonese track, folks.
Extras: Digital copy, Lionsgate trailers (including one for “Out Of The Inferno”), and a 5 part featurette titled “Making Out Of The Inferno” which explores action set pieces and contains interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Discussions about characters are also included.
Overall Thoughts: “Out Of The Inferno” is nothing new, but disaster film junkies will undoubtedly find much to enjoy here.
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