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

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10 comments on “Ladder 49 (****)

  1. Well, actually I prefere the Sci-Fi movies so, I dont think I’m gonna see it in the following days… but thanks anyway for the information.

  2. My dad is a Baltimore County firefighter, so we got to attend a special screening of the film because he was a participant in the filming of the funeral scene. I didn’t actually see him in the film, but we know several of the extras that were caught on screen. The end of this film made me cry because I kept thinking, “That could be me. That could be my dad.”

    A great movie nonetheless, even though the thing with the brick wall is totally impossible in real life. -sigh- Only in the movies, I suppose.

    I definitely think that this film deserves 4 stars. Maybe even 5. 😀

  3. Yo me rehúso a comentar en inglés jaja.
    De todas formas…
    Soy muy pretencioso y no veo peliculas muy “hollywoodenses”, así que no creo que vaya a ver esta…
    Pero quien sabe que nos depara el destino…

  4. Man, Kris and I were talkn’ bout seeing that movie last weekend but we’ve had midterms all week this week. Right now, I finished my most challenging final so I’m taking a nice read-the-blogs break right now. As soon as we see it, we’ll post ya!

  5. I think I’m gonna wait till it comes out on DVD, not a big fan of fire fighters movies.

  6. i loved this movie, i found it very touching. This usually isnt the kind of movie that i would watch but i have to say it turned out to be one of my favorite movies, and im actually going to watch it again tonight. Joaquin Phoenix is an awesome actor and i think he played his part very well. If you havent seen this movie yet, you really should watch it! i give it 4 stars ****

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