Ablaze (2001)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Disaster Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Buzz McClain

This cheese is on fire, and it's beginning to stink up the theater. Director Jim Wynorski (using his Jay Andrews nom de plume) lines up B-movie star power for this routine outing with Cathy Lee Crosby, Pat Harrington Jr., and Edward Albert also in the cast. It starts off with a promising, if hackneyed car chase sequence featuring Jack Thomas (John Bradley) and Detective Denning (Ice-T) pursing a serial arsonist, but the scene turns out to have nothing to do with the movie. Ice-T doesn't appear again until the end, which will enrage what few people will check this out to see him. Overused fiery stock footage and a relentlessly melodramatic score dampen any possible sparks in this slackly cobbled potboiler. It's not terrible, but it's predictable and wan and could have been better.