A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind, goes the Chinese proverb. For English action specialist Simon West, the crisis he manages in Skyfire stems from the opportunity to direct China’s first big-budget disaster movie. “Only a lunatic would build a world class resort on a ticking timebomb of molten earth, right?” says Jason Isaacs’ Jack Harris of the island resort he has built at the foot of an active volcano in Skyfire. And, no sooner does Harris asks his theoretical question to potential resort investors than the volcano erupts. It is down to the resort’s team of resourceful and tenacious volcanologists to prevent widespread death and destruction as volcanic bombs rain down on the resort and lava flows toward a nearby village. Skyfire’s Chinese cast is led by Wang Xueqi, Hannah Quinlivan, and Shawn Dou. Skyfire is now available for digital and PVOD viewing. Simon West directed commercials and music videos, including Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” before making his film directorial debut with 1997’s Con Air. He also directed The General's Daughter, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the remake of When a Stranger Calls, Stolen, Stratton, and Gun Shy. He directed Jason Statham in The Expendables 2, The Mechanic 2011 remake, and Wild Card, the 2015 remake of Burt Reynolds’ Heat. While shot in Malaysia, Skyfire represents the rare Chinese production made by an established Hollywood director. Simon West’s next film also is his second consecutive Chinese production, The Legend Hunters, which will open later this year.
Aired: Jan. 14. 2021