Nation’s Fire had a premise that interested me: a biker movie, a mother who takes revenge after a tragedy and it’s got Bruce Dern, Gil Bellows and Lou Ferrigno Jr. in it.
How mistaken I was. The movie is rammed full of clichés, there are so many it’s hard to see anything else. Motorcycles, leather, tattoos, cliched characters from around the world – including a Russian bad guy, Gil Bellows (“The Shawshank Redemption”, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”), and an Indian garage worker.
A lot of the cuts between scenes are jarring, mixed with the frequent flashbacks, it’s hard to know what’s now and what’s in the past.
Then there’s the main ‘incident’ itself, shot in virtual silence, lots of slow-mo, we’re expected to believe that, why the rest of the school runs away from the sound of gun-fire, one boy, in the same room as the shooter, doesn’t, because he has his headphones in.
Anyway, mother of young boy Gloria, Krista Grotte Saxon (“Check Point”, “The Penthouse”) – who is also the owner of the company behind Nation’s Fire – goes to her biker friends for help. Next, there’s all sorts of shootouts and slow, painful to watch fight scenes.
Nation’s Fire isn’t the biker movie I expected, it’s a low budget action flick that takes a while for the action to start and, once it does, it’s not that interesting. It’s not big and it’s not clever, it’s just sad to watch Dern and Bellows in something likes this.