The film “Riddle of Fire” made its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest 2023, providing a unique and entertaining take on recovering a password. The story follows a group of tough kids who steal a yet-to-be-released video game console, only to find themselves locked out of the TV due to their mom’s password protection. In order to obtain the password, they must go on a quest to buy a blueberry pie. Directed by Weston Razooli, the film combines elements of fantasy adventure and childlike innocence, while showcasing the resourcefulness and resilience of the young protagonists.
The film introduces the audience to a trio of fearless kids, each with their own distinct personalities. Alice, the group’s leader, is quick-witted and courageous. Hazel is a crack shot with a fondness for Alice, and Jodie, Hazel’s little brother, speaks in a unique and eloquent manner. Together, they form a gang that feels like a throwback to another era, despite their modern use of technology. As they embark on their quest for the pie, they encounter an evil group of poachers led by Anna-Freya and her daughter Petal, who possess otherworldly powers. The addition of supernatural elements adds an extra layer of excitement to the fantastical adventure.
Although “Riddle of Fire” has some flaws in terms of editing and storytelling, its endearing qualities outweigh any shortcomings. The film captures the innocence and freedom of childhood, reminding viewers of a time when everything felt like an adventure and friends were everything. Despite reaching ridiculous levels at times, Razooli ensures that the audience supports and cheers for the determined kids throughout the film. Overall, “Riddle of Fire” provides a nostalgic and enjoyable experience, making viewers feel like children again. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is set for release in early 2024.