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.
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".
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!
Kurt Russell having to put up with deadwood Baldwin broke my heart. I should have finished season 2 of Luther.
An underrated film with some incredible fire-fighting sequences, this was one of my absolute favourites when I was growing up. For 1991 the special effects were jaw-dropping (and hold up 25 years later); while the cast was comprised of a fairly impressive ensemble, Hans Zimmer's score was an aural delight, and the ultimate fate of at least one character was a genuine surprise.
Re-watching it on glorious bluray does the film no harm, but there is a heck of a lot of fat that could have been trimmed through the middle sequences of the film.
Even so, Backdraft impressed and reminded me of why Ron Howard was such a sought after director back in the day.
4 "You Go, We Go"s for Backdraft.
De Niro's hair in this fuckin movie I swear to god.
God Hans Zimmer is unstoppably over the top with the score in this one.
It's not a great movie, but it does do a remarkable job of anthropomorphizing fire.
The effects are incredible.
All the clichés that you want in an all-American everyday hero story. Tough older brother, wimpy younger brother, dead parent. Check. Lots of blokey firehouse bonding. Check. Escalating escapes leading up to the grand finale. Check.
That said, with a solid cast all round - the highlight being Donald Sutherland as a locked-up mad arsonist - and some amazing production values (they had to mostly use real fire back in those days), it's an enjoyable bit of escapism.
90’s schlock! Not without its fun moments, but never really fully comes together.
Excellent movie about the work of firefighters, with a police plot in the background. Good blend of drama, adventure and crime thriller. The pyrotechnics are impressive.
Found it a bit corny. Maybe because it was Tagalized but I have a feeling na corny talaga sya kahit English. Felt sorry for Brian, nawalan na ng tatay, nawalan pa ng kapatid. The visual effects were pretty good.
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