Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

John Terlesky (2008)

PG Certificate


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Female firefighter Brooke Burns takes extreme measures to prove her worth in this nonetheless bland triumph-through-adversity tale. Wrongfully blamed for her fire captain father getting killed just prior to his retirement, she signs up for the ultra-perilous and elite discipline of smoke jumping - which involves parachuting into forest blazes. So begins a GI Jane-type battle to overcome sexism and gain respect: a struggle complicated by increasing family friction. Naturally, all three issues are simultaneously resolved in the contrived and convenient finale, even though the badly cast Burns doesn't really seem capable of it. Scenery-chewing performances and dodgy CGI intensify the film's lack of realism, while insipid direction ensures death, danger and disaster are neither dramatic nor poignant.


A firefighter is wrongly blamed for the death of her father, hours before he was due to retire from the department. Eager to prove herself to her peers, she sets out to join an elite squad of smoke jumpers who are expected to leap from planes into the heart of a blaze. Action thriller, starring Brooke Burns, Erin Karpluk, Rick Ravanello and Robert Moloney.

Cast & Crew

Kristen Brooke Burns
Chelsea Erin Karpluk
Ray Kulhanek Rick Ravanello
Dan Robert Moloney
Meredith Erika-Shaye Gair
Hank Winston Rekert
Trip Crandall William MacDonald
Milligan Aaron Pearl
Director John Terlesky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and language.