“Inferno” is a story about Darcy Hamilton, a single mom/firejumper whose daughter, Kylie is angry about the long ago death of her father. She blames her mother for his death. A large forest fire begins, threatening the nearby community of Lock Lamond, and Kylie is suspected of starting the blaze. Darcy is confronted on two sides, one the fire, and the other Kylie. Kylie is confronted with surviving the fire and reconciling with Darcy. The bad guy? He gets found out.
“Inferno” strongly resembles the Walt Disney episodes of The Hardy Boys and Spin and Marty. There is enough adventure in this film for a pre-high school child to enjoy, and yet it is devoid of a single incidence of inappropriate language, violence, sexual display or suggestion of wrongful behavior. Such a combination is extremely rare in this day and age of film making. It is visually colorful; the cinematography is well done, and the performers are by no means harsh. Kylie learns from another teenager while escaping from the fire that her father’s death must be put behind her; perhaps the most valuable point in the film is that two people with similar experiences learn not only to deal with life’s experiences, but also to draw from them and learn to love once again, or even for the first time.
An adult’s perspective is worth noting – the film’s editing is like paint-by-numbers is to art. The scenes are contrived, the acting is quite neutral, and the story line is totally predictable. However, the kids will be fine watching this film on their own!