EW Staff
September 17, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fire in the Sky

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Robert Patrick, D.B. Sweeney, Peter Berg, James Garner, Craig Sheffer, Henry Thomas
director
Robert Lieberman
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C+

FIRE IN THE SKY D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick (1993, Paramount, PG-13, $95.95) Based on the true story of a logger (Sweeney) allegedly whisked away from Arizona for five days in 1975 by aliens, Fire is an intriguing blend of mystery, science fiction, and small-town character study. The casting emphasizes believability and quirkiness rather than star power, and the film gains from it. While the imagery often seems cramped on the video screen, this is still a solid and imaginative piece of work, especially in the horrific scenes in which the logger remembers his abduction. Whether you eventually buy all of this or not, the movie is compulsively watchable. B+ – LO’T

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