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.
NO DONT DIE KURT !!!
wait he is back as his son yay!!
NOO DONT DIE AGAIN!!!
oh its just a movie.... WHEW!
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.
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.
Wow it's been a while since I've seen this one and I gotta say that the fire scenes STILL look amazing in this! Seriously not many early 90's action set pieces (with the exception of T2 and a few others of course) still look this impressive.
Ron Howard's Backdraft is alot of things rolled into one movie. It's a mystery, a thriller, it has breath taking action scenes (as I already mentioned), it's a sibling rivalry story, it has a rekindling of two old flames(pun intended) romance subplot, and most of all it's a firefighter flick. It's a tad sappy but it all works for me. Kurt Russell is a badass as usual and William Baldwin does good as the…
Ron Howard, Kurt Russell, Robert De Niro and Hans Zimmer all together in one film, sure sounds like a winning combination to me. It's a wonder why it took me so damn long to finally getting around and watching this bad boy. It's funny, it played out pretty much exactly how I expected it to. I knew with the latent involved that it was going to be entertaining if nothing else. At the same time, I also recognized that the film isn't exactly the highlight of any of the above men's careers. It may have been for William Baldwin though, at least. Backdraft is the story of 2 brothers who work for Engine 17 in the Chicago Fire Department. One…
Yeah a lot of stars in it but Kurt Russell couldn't do anything wrong for me since i liked him earlier on!
Pyromaniacs must love this film. The fire is mesmerising, it dances around, moving like a living creature, reacting to each different environment in unpredictable and terrifying ways, reminding you just how treacherous it can be. Mikael Salomon did a wonderful job shooting this movie in what I can only assume were extreme conditions, he captures the fire in such a unique way.
Unfortunately whilst Backdraft is far from being bad, it isn't particularly amazing either. I do like Ron Howard (I actually LOVE some of his work) but his movies are often quite pedestrian even though they tackle action packed subject matters (space travel, firefighting, racing, etc). That's not necessarily a bad thing depending on what mood you're in, but I was in the mood for something a little challenging, and for a movie about fighting fire, Backdraft is a little too safe.
I actually have fond memories of watching Backdraft. After high school - despite being relatively short, having a small curvature of the spine and being somewhat myopic (understood literally and not as prejudiced! And I know, it all sounds dead sexy, right?) - I couldn’t avoid conscription, which was still relatively common in Denmark 13 years ago. Avoiding conscientious objection, and let’s be honest, because it was the fastest way to complete my service, I chose to train as a firefighter. As a highly unofficial part of that training, we all had to watch Backdraft. Back then, I already thought it was bad, but at least it was fun sitting maybe 30 guys, dissecting the movie and laughing about all…
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