The film “Riddle of Fire” had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest 2023 and offers a unique and entertaining take on recovering a password. The story follows a group of daring kids who manage to steal an unreleased video game console but are faced with the challenge of a password-protected TV. In order to obtain the password, they embark on an adventure to buy a blueberry pie. Directed by Weston Razooli, the film combines a childlike setup with elements of fantasy adventure, showcasing the determination and resourcefulness of the young protagonists.
Despite its homage to classic films like “The Goonies” and “Stand by Me,” “Riddle of Fire” sets itself apart with its ruthless and clever protagonist trio. Alice, Hazel, and Jodie form a gang that feels like it belongs to another era, showcasing their skills and camaraderie. Along their quest for the blueberry pie, they encounter an evil group of poachers led by Anna-Freya, who adds a supernatural element to the story when her daughter Petal joins forces with the kids. While the film has some awkward moments and forced allusions, its endearing nature and ability to capture the innocence and freedom of childhood make it a captivating and enjoyable watch.
Overall, “Riddle of Fire” is a film that transports viewers back to a time when everything felt like an adventure and friendships were everything. It immerses audiences in the pure and unwavering desire of children to have fun, and its ridiculous yet charming moments make it a delightful experience. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and is set to be released in early 2024.