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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.
My favorite part is when Jack Backdraft is in the building and he goes "Not so fast, fire!" and puts it out with water.
Fire! Explosions! Excitement!
The only adjective I can think of that adequately describes this hot (get it?!) mess is "sucky".
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.
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.
NO DONT DIE KURT !!!
wait he is back as his son yay!!
NOO DONT DIE AGAIN!!!
oh its just a movie.... WHEW!
Almost kinda feels wasted it. And very dated too. Poor Ron Howard.
"If you go, we go."
Holy shit. This movie just quickly made its way into my top 10 movies of all time.
I watched this thinking it would be some early 90s action cheese, but little did I know I'd be consumed in 2 hours of god damn phenomenal cinema.
Downright amazing cast- Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert DeNiro.
2 brothers become Chicago firefighters just like their father was, who was killed in the line of duty.
I couldn't possibly say enough good things about this film. I laughed, I cheered, I clapped, and I even shed a tear. This film is filled with so much heart. Jesus Christ, this movie is a masterpiece.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I finally watched this one from Ron Howard, starring Kurt Russell and Robert De Niro, and with music by none other than Hans Zimmer. It is not a movie about farts, I might add.
When one of two brothers witnesses their father, a firefighter, die in a fire when he is young, they both decide "damn, that's a job I really want!". But they may not be cut out for it. At the same time they are chasing after a mysterious arsonist.
This was a tough one to love. The whole concept is just..silly. It starts out as a kind of Top Gun for firefighters (I seriously doubt that they smoke all the time and go "Wohoo! A building is…
Having not seen this for a very long time I found this to be an interesting watch. This may be one of the most "movie" movies I've seen in sometime. Which is to say it very much is a hollywood movie. Every line is either a dramatic platitude or something for the trailer, every shot could be used as a poster, poses and slow motions abound. It's not enough for the movie to be about fires, it's also a murder mystery with political intrigue! The score is huge and bombastic constantly, and the final act has literal fire works.
All this to say, I had a very good time with this movie. Look, it's not a realistic film by any…
Although I didn't pay attention much while watching it this time, I didn't find it as engaging as I remember from the past. Maybe it doesn't hold up or maybe I just need to pay better attention.
Intercutting the sex scene on top of the fire truck with the serious firefighting was an interesting choice.
I put off watching this partially because I thought it was the firefighting movie with Nicholas Cage and I wasn't it the right mood to watch one of his films. This turned out to be great though!
"Look at him! That's my brother, God damnit!"
Laughable drama, piss-poor script but some incredible practical effects.
My grandfather is one of my dearest heroes. I've mentioned it before that he actually is a retired firefighter for the Chicago Fire Department (the location for the film). He started out in 1965 and retired in 2004, a highly decorated chief. I know only a few things my grandfather did and saw, some too morbid to even mention on here, some extremely heroic. One of my favorite stories was him saving an entire family in a burning building, which left them with minor injuries and him extremely injured. But he placed his left second, doing his duty and saving that family.
I base a lot of my morals on that. I do consider myself a brave person who will…
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