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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!
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…
Look at him, that's my brother godammit.
This is a serious mess of a film, never sure what it wants to be and with no two actors seemingly in the same film. Sutherland as the crazed Hannibalesque serial arsonist visited by De Niro's fire investigator is pretty much the best bit of the entire film. The man is full on crazy and I'd pay to watch that movie if stretched out to 100 minutes instead of strangely shoehorned in complete with two characters parroting Thomas Harris's dialogue. The fact that it takes an hour to get to the actual plot of a serial killer arsonist is scandalous and typical of Hollywood excess driven by lousy scripts and not even remotely made up for by the "character and world building" that takes place up to that point.
Underrated in Ron Howard's directorial canon--quality popcorn entertainment and fun.
Great cast and interesting sibling rivalry storyline.
Watching this on 1080p is a dream not before or since have I seen a movie that has used and incorporated such dangerous pyrotechnics. You feel like by the end of the movie your coughing up black smoke from your lungs. Amazing cast amazing film.
Of all the jobs you can present on-screen, you can’t help but make firemen cool. It’s a job where you fight fire, save people and risk your life on a (sometimes) daily basis. It surprises me that there isn’t more movies based around the profession but Backdraft does a very good job of it.
It has the explosive start you’d hope for and doesn’t relent from there. In fact, the best aspect of the whole movie is the fantastic action. From collapsing buildings to a huge warehouse fire, you can almost feel the heat through the screen. Ron Howard shoots the flames in an exciting way, almost making them a character themselves and giving the movie a villain.
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what are films that you personally (and unironically) adore and will defend to the end, but find are generally maligned…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!