Ex-NFL lineman Howie Long has followed in the acting footsteps of ex-NFL linemen Merlin Olsen and Alex Karras with Firestorm, an action vehicle that's sure to rocket him to the top of the substantial ex-NFL-lineman talent-pool heap. Long plays a smokejumper, a man whose job is to parachute into forest fires. After jumping down to help a strange group of firefighters in danger, Long discovers that they are actually escaped convicts led by psychopath/mastermind William Forsythe. Worse yet, they have taken beautiful survivalist/birdwatcher Suzy Amis hostage! Watching Long's scowling action-heroics will no doubt remind film buffs of Olsen's scowling thuggery in Mitchell, or even Karras' thuggish scowling in Mad Bull. But the difference between these men and Long is Long's greater range of expression. His scowl is easily the equal of theirs, but when called upon, as when Long and Amis successfully save a family of endangered baby songbirds, he is also capable of an amazingly charming and genuine simpleton-grin of pleasure and delight. Despite being hampered by an abysmal plot and a script that (aside from its absolute lack of quality) may be a bit too demanding for a first-time lineman/actor, Long fulfills his potential. Do not, therefore, see this film.