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.
Those fire sequences.
"Backdraft" is one a movie that honors what firemen do and makes the people who watch the film have a better appreciation for the people who risk their own lives to save ours.
Ron Howard made an interesting choice having Kurt Russell play both the father and the older brother to the main character and the fact that you see two different characters is a testament as two how good of an actor Kurt Russell is.
Also credit has to be given to the effects team and cinematographer for the fire sequences in this movie.
Makes you wish you never get cought in a fire.
REally good movie, but it was ruined by Jenifer Jason Leigh and the Baldwin prick. Honestly, if they would have had ANY other person instead of Alec Baldwin's brother it would have been better. And the love interest had no room in the story, they should have just scrapped Jenifer's entire role. It they would had more Robert Dinero parts and more of Kurt Russell's family this movie would have been a master piece. Honestly, fuck Jenifer and Alec's brother for holding this movie back from it's true potential.
Baldwin is bad in this corny action movie and even manages to drag Jennifer Jason Leigh (who's underused) down close to his level of acting.
Kurt Russell's alright though.
"THAT'S MY BROTHER GAWDAMIT!!!"
It's absolutely great looking at times, but it is just too by the numbers to recommend and the direct lift of the psycho killer behind bars ala Silence of the Lambs is just too blatant to forgive.
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.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!