Discussion in 'Movies and Television' started by firetruckprime, Jul 11, 2009.
What do you think of these two great movies about firefighters?
Ladder 49 is an amazing film
Backdraft Ive never seen all of that so I cant really comment on it
Never seen them, but I loved Backdraft's music when it was used for Iron Chef.
You two never seen Backdraft ? Where you guys been the last eighteen years (or this past week even? Been playing on Encore and the Mystery Channel all this month)? That's required watching (especially if your Kurt Russell Fan)! That aside, IMHO, Backdraft is an amazing movie about firemen and their profession. It really set the standard of for films of that caliber of you ask me. Alot of people comment on the "cheesy writing", or the "Convoluted" plot, the Unrealistic manner in which the characters go into the fires without the proper gear [or some such], or even the Machoism of the Firemen, nitpicky stuff honestly. The movie seem to strike that tone with me in the least. I thought the performances were great and Hans Zimmer's music (later to be used in various trailers and Iron Chef) is incredibly moving. The only thing I can honestly say bothered me about this movie was Bawldin's slow-mo: "Steeepheeeennn!" moment . I own the Anniversary DVD, so if you can't tell, I flove Backdraft.
Ladder 49, however, is another tale entirely. The only "Props" I can give to the movie is that it was filmed in Baltimore (why I keep missing these things are beyond me, as big a film crew is) and Jay Hernandez is in it . Other than that, none of the performances (particularly from Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta) really engaged me enough to keep watching the movie. I never really cared for these characters and therefore, could never connect with the film's storyline.
In a nutshell: Backdraft > Ladder 49.
Anybody who has not seen backdraft needs to see it now
Very good cast and movie. (Sutherland,Baldwin,Russell,DeNiro and Demornay were all steller)
Ladder was OK at best with no real acting or emotion.
Oh man, I LOVE Backdraft. I was balling my eyes at the end. Kurt Russell was awesome.
I'd argue that Backdraft set the bar for the firefighter-movie genre, in which all others that came out after it must be compared to.
In other words, Backdraft is AWESOME.
I loved Ladder 49.
But I was the only one.
Never seen Ladder 49, but I own Backdraft.
One of my favorite lines in a movie is in that thing:
DiNiro: "and what did you do to those people, Ronnie?"
Sutherland (who has this freaky awesome psychotic grin on his face) "I burned them"
Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh both surprised me in that movie too. Russell did an unusually good job in it and JJL, never that attractive to me, was an absolute hottie.
Yeah, it certainly was a great movie. Being filmed mostly in Chicago, my old home town, was a plus too.
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