Movie Review: Radioflash


Now playing in select theaters and on video on demand, is the adventure film, Radioflash.

The film stars Brighton Sharbino, Dominic Monaghan, and Will Patton.

Reese (Sharbino) is a typical older teenager (possibly in college, I’m not sure), who is very much into video games, especially virtual reality ones. She lives with her father, Chris (Monaghan). Her mother had passed away not too long ago, so it’s just the two of them.

One evening, during dinner, the lights go out. In fact, all of the electricity has gone out. The duo think of it as a natural occurrence (sometimes the power goes out during a storm), so they don’t think much of it. Unbeknownst to them at the time, it was an electromagnetic pulse that totally fries the electric grid in the entire Western part of the United States (later we learn that it wasn’t an accident).

Reese is a very intelligent girl. She rigs a car battery to power up a radio transmitter to reach out to her grandfather. Thankfully her grandfather prepared for a possible scenario.

Reese is able to get through to her grandfather. He tells her that both of them need to leave NOW and get to where he lives ASAP before things start to fall apart. He has all that they need there.

Reese and her dad head off to her grandfather’s house, but by then, things have taken a turn for the worse. People are looting, stores have no more food and water, gas stations are out of gas, and people are starting to get violent over the horrific situation.

While trying to flee the city, the pair get into an accident, which forces them to have to go on foot to grandfather’s house, which is 20+ miles away.

The journey is not easy. Reese has to experience violence, death, kidnapping and vicious animals. It seems like she will never find her way to her grandfather. Reese’s grandfather is also looking for her and her father.

Time is running out. Will Reese and her grandfather ever reunite? What will become of all of them? To find out, you need to go see Radioflash (or watch it on digital).

The movie is not what I expected. I had a different idea in my mind as to how the movie was going to go. The film doesn’t really go into the electrical outage as much as it does all the horrible things that Reese has to go through. It’s more of a survival story and it focuses primarily on the character Reese. I was hoping the film was a lot more about surviving in a big city with no power, food or gas, more so than Reese surviving a bear attack. I guess I was thinking it was more of a “post-apocalyptic” sort of film, not a survival against nature and crazy hillbillies.

Shabino is best known for the role of Lizzie in The Walking Dead (“Look at the flowers, Lizzie”). She’s grown up a lot since then. She also appears to be a really good actress, who can hold her own as the lead in a movie.

Throughout the movie a lot of the background (nature) is foggy/smokey. I don’t know if that has to do with the blackout or the area of the country (Pacific Northwest). I just found it interesting, in a peculiar way.

The movie was OK. It was entertaining enough, and I would probably watch it if I saw it on HBO or a similar channel. It’s not the kind of movie I would go out of my way to watch again (meaning, I probably would never pop the screener DVD in to watch it again).

You can learn more about the film on it’s official Facebook page. I found a Twitter page, but I’m not sure if it’s the official page, but I did find some hashtags you can follow, #Radioflash #RadioflashMovie.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.