The film “Riddle of Fire” debuted at the Fantastic Fest 2023 and offers a unique take on password recovery. In the film, a group of adventurous kids steal a new video game console but are unable to play it because the TV is password-protected. Their solution? They need to buy a blueberry pie to convince their mom to give up the password. Directed by Weston Razooli, the film follows the kids’ journey as they encounter poachers and a supernatural element that adds to the fantastical story. While there are some awkward edits and forced elements, the innocent and free-spirited portrayal of childhood in “Riddle of Fire” makes it a delightful and nostalgic watch.
The film revolves around three kids who are reminiscent of classic adventure movies like “The Goonies” and “Stand by Me.” Alice, Hazel, and Jodie form a gang that is both ruthless and smart, demonstrating their quick thinking and resourcefulness. Despite their use of modern technology, they exude an old-fashioned charm. As they search for a blueberry pie, they encounter an evil group of poachers led by Anna-Freya and her daughter Petal, who possess otherworldly control. Together, the group embarks on an epic quest with a supernatural twist, adding depth to the adventurous storyline.
While “Riddle of Fire” has its flaws, such as awkward edits and forced fantasy elements, it remains endearing and captivating. The film captures the innocence and freedom of childhood, evoking a sense of nostalgia and reminding viewers of the joy of youthful adventures. The portrayal of the kids’ unwavering desire to play video games and their camaraderie makes it easy for the audience to root for them. Overall, “Riddle of Fire” is a heartwarming and enjoyable film that transports viewers back to their own childhood adventures.