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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.
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.
backdraft is much better than average action thriller mainly thanks to a great cast (lead by as always great kurt russel), but the main hero of the movie are all the technical aspects from a great camera work by mike solomon (who went through the hell on the abyss with james cameron) and all the effects and stunt work with fire. even thou some CGI is used, most of the effects are done in real and that gives the movie great sense of reality and prevents it from becoming laughable...
For some reason I've wanted to see this for years, I think because it used to be a trailer on some old VHS' I used to watch years back.
Straightforward, feuding, tortured brothers shit.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don’t dislike Ron Howard like most people do. He made some pretty exciting movies in his career, but this must be one of his blandest works. The fire scenes are amazing and the 2nd half, which is mostly about the hunt for a serial arsonist, has some entertainment value, but the whole cookie cutter family tragedy soap opera shit, that dominates most of the movie, is nearly unbearable.
But the weirdest thing is (Spoiler for a 25 years old movie) how they decide in the end to not snitch on the guy who killed and endangered several people, to not damage his not arson related legacy, which actually undercuts its “fire fighters are heroes” message. I’m not sure how this ending got made without anybody saying: “Well, don’t you think we should expose the villain as the murderous scumbag that he was?”
I hadn't seen this in so long, it felt like I watched it for the first time. Wow. Billy Baldwin at his peak. Really still enjoyed it despite some of the aspects being quite dated (shower scene and butt shots, and a musical montage featuring Chicago?)
I hadn't seen this movie in probably 20 years. I, unfortunately, could remember the ending. However, there were enough holes in my memory to make this re-watch an enjoyable experience. The cinematography in this is amazing, I was marveling at many of the shots of the fire. There is some pretty hammy over-acting from nearly everyone in the cast. This is a cheesy movie, but it is visually impressive and still one of the best films about firefighters.
The best character in this movie is the fire. Not even kidding. Jennifer Jason Leigh was smoking hot back then.
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.
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