Fire on the Amazon

Fire on the Amazon

A photojournalist – O’Brien (Craig Sheffer) – has been assigned to cover the deforestation problem in Brazil. He finds out that a union activist, who tried to stop a company removing trees from the rain forest, was killed, and O’Brien persists in trying to get answers. He befriends a woman (Alyssa played by Sandra Bullock), who is dedicated to saving the rainforest. When another man is framed for the murder and apparently commits suicide in jail, O’Brien becomes suspicious and starts digging deeper. He befriends the victim’s brother, who does not trust anyone. As things start to unravel, Alyssa and O’Brien become targets of an assassin, and the local police begin hassling them. The end of the movie is suspenseful, and unexpected.
Fire on the Amazon (1993) – one of Sandra Bullock’s first performances – could be considered a “B” movie. The acting, at times, leaves a little to be desired. I think the photography is great, and the storyline holds it together. It’s well-worth a viewing just to see a young Sandra Bullock in her early days.
The movie is rated “R” for language and adult themes.
You can download it from the Greenwich Library Hoopla database.

–Carl

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