Blue Smoke features a strong cast, including Alicia Witt (The Upside of Anger, Two Weeks Notice), Matthew Settle (TV?s Brothers & Sisters, ER), four-time Emmy AwardŽ nominee Scott Bakula (TV?s Enterprise, Quantum Leap), an... more »d two-time Academy AwardŽ nominee Talia Shire (The Godfather Part 2, Rocky), in this suspenseful tale rife with passion, family, food and fire. After her family's pizzeria burned to the ground when she was 11 years old, Reena (Alicia Witt) decides to become an arson investigator. Now an adult, she visits her old neighborhood and finds love with Bo Goodnight (Matthew Settle). But danger lurks when a mysterious stalker from her past resurfaces and Reena must use her sleuthing skills to snare the psycho before her life goes up in Blue Smoke.« less
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 8/18/2014...
This was a good movie. Although kind of predictable in parts, there were some surprises. I thought the acting was good, Scott Bakula is one I hadn't seen in a while but he was good and the small part Talia Shire played, she was good.
Good weekend movie.
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Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC Reviewed on 5/10/2013...
Very good Nora Roberts film. I try to collect as many of her work as I can.
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Good enough to engage your attention, and keep it...
M. B. Alcat | Los Angeles, California | 08/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Blue smoke" is a fast paced film, based on a novel of the same name written by Nora Roberts. This movie has ingredients of mystery and romance, and is likely to please those that are just looking for entertainment.
The main character is Reena (Alicia Witt), a young woman that doesn't like fire but decides to turn into an arson investigator in order to fight her fear. Things aren't easy for her, though, as she loses people she cares about to fire. Traumatized, Reena begins to suspect that a pyromaniac is stalking her, waiting to kill the people she loves. But is Reena right, or is her imagination too active?
All in all, I think that "Blue smoke" is a movie you shouldn't miss if you are a fan of Robert's books, and one you will probably like if you are not. From my point of view, this is not an outstanding film, but I believe it is good enough to engage your attention, and keep it. That is the reason why I give "Blue smoke" 3.5 stars.
Above Average Made for TV Film
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/15/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Readers of Nora Roberts books will doubtless want to watch this adaptation of one of her popular novels (to date there are four of her books translated into made for television movies). The story, as adapted by Ronni Kern, is straight forward with enough of a mixture of love scenes and action scenes to please the audience. No, this is not a major league film, but it is made with a fine cast of actors who bring the drama to life.
Reena Hale (Alicia Witt) watched as her family's pizzeria burned to the ground after a scuffle between Reena's father Gib (Eric Keenleyside) and neighbor Joe Pastorelli (David Brown). Pastorelli is convicted of arson and swears to get even. Jump years later and Reena is now an arson investigator under the tutelage of Officer John Minger (Scott Bakula) who had solved the case in Reena's family's loss. Once credentialed, Reena finds herself stalked by an arsonist who just happens to include two of Reena's boyfriends as victims of deaths by fire. The story is a search and destroy mission to discover the identity of the arsonist and Reena is aided by her newest love interest Bo Goodnight (Matthew Settle) in a taut, well paced and well filmed adventure: if the identity of the arsonist is rather apparent early on, that doesn't diminish the suspense aspect of the film.
The supporting cast includes fine actor Talia Shire as Reena's mother, a role that adds a touch of human comedy as well as unconditional love that lifts the story just when it needs grounding, as well as some very fine fresh faces with promise. David Carson directs the many fire scenes with a good sense of 'reality' and delivers a sound message about the worth of arson investigators and firemen. But in the end it is Alicia Witt's movie and she carries her character well. Good entertainment. Grady Harp, September 07 "
Average tv movie
NoWireHangers | Sweden | 09/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second Nora Roberts adaptation that I've seen, after "Angels Fall", and the first one where I've read the book. The book Blue Smoke was pretty good but not without flaws, and the movie shares some of its flaws. The biggest one is how long it takes for Reena to figure out who her nemesis is (although this was less obvious in the movie than in the book). One bad thing that the movie adds is that the climax feels more silly than suspenseful (especially because the bad guy actor speaks in a really silly voice, supposedly because he had cancer - anyway it was way too over-the-top).
I did like this movie better than "Angels Fall", which somehow felt cheaper. Alicia Witt did a pretty good job playing Reena, but the best performance was by the still very beautiful Talia Shire playing her mother. But overall, it's an average tv-movie, no better or worse than most of its kind, but definitely not good enough for a theatrical release. Recommended for Roberts fans and fans of romantic suspense made-for-tv-movies. Others needn't bother."
Cheri D. Mendenhall | Portland, OR USA | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movied is not as good as Nora Roberts novel but it comes really close. Alica Witt is good as the female lead. Scott Bakula looks good too, for an older guy. It was nice to see him in a movie again"
Blue Smoke DVD
Dee Burns | Annapolis, MD | 03/26/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I just watched this movie on Easter Sunday and was a bit disappointed in how far from the book it was. Granted the ending was similar to the book, and a few parts, like Bo seeing Reena for the first time matched the book, but that's pretty much were it ended. A lot of liberties were taken with the manuscript and a lot of characters were either changed, hence the firefighter Hugh went from a couple dates in the book and being shot and burnt to he and Reena being engaged and him blown up in a florist shop, and other good characters left out all together. Also, the cat and mouse game of who was setting the fires was greatly played down to the point the plot was virtually lost. The movie was okay, the actors chosen were good, but it didn't come close to being as good as the book was."