Ladder 49 (****)
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett(The girl from the Real world London), Morris Chestnut, Kevin Daniels, Robert Patrick, Kevin Chapman, and Balthazar Getty When a firefighter (Phoenix) is trapped in the worst blaze of his career, his life and the things he holds important — family, dignity, courage — come into focus. As his fellow firemen of Ladder 49 do all they can to rescue him, Jack’s life hangs in the balance. (Touchstone Pictures/Beacon Pictures)
What an excellent movie. This is the way movies should be. This movie not only had a message, it had great acting and better visuals. I say go see it today if you get a chance because it deserves it.
I was very surprised to find out that fire was not the center of the movie, which is what I had expected. I thought in today’s digital effects world they would center the movie on the special effects making fire the main character. Was I very wrong. While the visual effects are out of this world and the fire representation is both jaw dropping and very scary, it does not take center stage, in fact it does not detract from the story line at all.
Also was very surprised to see Jacinda from the Real World London on the movie, not sure if she has been acting but I was impressed by her. I thought she was a good cast member in the real world, but she made a very believable character in the movie. Her acting was superior. Joaquin Phoenix is an excellent actor and keeps on climbing up the ladder of my favorite actors. Even thought I thought The Village sucked as a movie I thought he did an excellent job with his character. Same here he was excellent at expressing emotion.
Go see it and let me know what you think.
Logtar Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD