Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Silently behind a door, it waits.
They say a blast of flames can take a life ... and hide a secret. But now firemen brothers Brian and Stephen McCaffrey are battling each other over past slights while trying to stop an arsonist with a diabolical agenda from torching Chicago.
Spectacular, never-ending fire and explosions but a flagrantly silly story (and perplexing double-casting of Kurt Russell as both a main character and that main character's father in a flashback.)
But for real, tremendous job with all that fire seriously there are a lot of flames.
Fire! Explosions! Excitement!
The only adjective I can think of that adequately describes this hot (get it?!) mess is "sucky".
My favorite part is when Jack Backdraft is in the building and he goes "Not so fast, fire!" and puts it out with water.
According to Ron Howard firefighters are uber-macho arseholes that belong to some weird circle jerk of a boys club and, if they were on fire, I wouldn't waste piss on.
The real star of this film is fire which really does seem to live and breathe; the rest of the cast can burn as far as I'm concerned.
My daughter wants to be a firefighter (one of the real ones that I truly admire) and I'm going to do my best to make sure she never watches this shitty film.
I couldn't finish this re-watch.
I've never been a fan of Ron Howard, simply because as a director he doesn't have anything to be a fan of. He directs like his alter ego from Happy Days, safe, pedestrian and reliable. As a result all his films are decent, with an occasional good one.
Backdraft falls in the decent category. Where it excels in its visuals and set pieces it completely falls short in its shallow and predictable script. The cast is great, apart from one of the 'I really can't act' Baldwins and their characters agreeable stereotypes. It has some great action sequences and the heat of the fires is almost tangible as it is all shot beautifully.
This is a solid film by Howard and for me one of his more enjoyable ones, even though it follows the rules just a bit too neatly.
NO DONT DIE KURT !!!
wait he is back as his son yay!!
NOO DONT DIE AGAIN!!!
oh its just a movie.... WHEW!
This is my second viewing of this film (first was probably a few years after it came out.)
It's an average film with the best performances from Donald Sutherland and Robert De Niro.
Some good special effects with fire, but on the whole, way too drawn-out.
That 'ol Wes Hightower sure does love to fight.
I was kind of disappointed. I expected great things and was just kind of bored.
I loved the whole arsen story but it wasn't exciting until the end. I guess I wanted fire after fire and that's not what I got. I thought it was well made though.
What Ron Howard did with Fire was incredible. I have visited the Backdraft studio I believe they said 90% of the fire the audience saw in theaters was real and controlled. De Niro was decen. Russell did with what he could. Baldwin was awful. Sutherland was fricken INCREDIBLE. One of my favorite movie scenes was the interrogation by Baldwin. Sutherland gave me chills in that moment. He truly was magical every moment he was in a scene.
Outstandingly rousing footage, with just the lamest plot
Pues la verdad, es que no la había visto y siempre me había dado mucha pereza, ver una película sobre bomberos. Por fín, la he visto, tras irla dejando, diciéndome "ya la veré".
y el caso es que no está nada mal. No es lo que podría ser algo parecido a una serie de profesiones como policias o similares.
Tiene mucho de trama policíaca eso sí, ya que hay una investigación criminal de por medio.
La peli es muy entretenida, con falsos aliados, y falsos enemigos.
Pero lo mejor son los momentos en que el fuego y la musica se adueñan de la pantalla. Veremos como aguanta un segundo visionado en el futuro.
Lo mejor es Robert De Niro y el fuego. La película entretiene pero ni engancha ni emociona ni nada. Al menos para mí.
Ron Howard doesn't know much about firefighting, perhaps his failure here helped improve attention to detail when Apollo 13 came along. Donald Sutherland saves this film in only 2 or 3 scenes as the most interesting character. Kurt Russell lays on a thick Chicaago accent. William Baldwin's character is pathetic and not really likeable. Jennifer Jason Leigh is wasted. And what ever happened to Jason Gedrick?
I kind of go back and forth on whether this is a good movie or not. Each time I watch it I feel like my opinion changes. This rewatch definitely had the benefit of being a 35mm print that was mighty pretty, so tonight I say good.
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