Gold's Trial by Fire
Nell Swanson (Tracey Gold) ended up in prison when a jury found her guilty of manslaughter forcing her to leave her 10 year old daughter with her ex husband and his controlling mother. Despite writing to her daughter Nell never hear except from lawyers for her husband seeking soul custody which makes her desperate, desperate enough to join a programme for prisoners to be trained up as smoke jumpers. If the training to become a smoke jumper wasn't tough enough the constant barracking of trainer Dale Yeager (Alexander Walters) is enough to put anyone off. But having completed the training Nell finds herself not only put in command of a group of veteran smoke jumpers including Yeager but called in to action and in to a situation where her daughter needs saving.
So we have a woman found guilty of manslaughter taken out of prison with lesser convicts to become smoke jumpers, sounds absurd doesn't it and there is much about "Wildfire 7: The Inferno" which is absurd and frankly quite tacky. But in a strange way, despite knowing so much of it is tacky there is something about it, almost bad movie like which keeps you watching, a desire to see what nonsense it will toss up at the audience next.
And there is a lot of nonsense in "Wildfire 7: The Inferno" from Yeager being ridiculously tough on Nell to her proving herself in some over the top ways, disobeying orders and so on. There is also the use of archive footage of real firemen and smoke jumpers at work which not only stand out like a sore thumb but are the best parts of the movie. I am honestly stuck for anything to really compliment this movie on despite having found myself unable to stop watching it.
What this all boils down to is that "Wildfire 7: The Inferno" is one of those movies which you watch knowing it isn't good and riddled with flaws yet has something about it which causes you to keep on watching. I call it the entertaining bad movie syndrome as I enjoy bad movies which this most certainly is.