From the very first we are immersed in explosive scenes as watch Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix), a well trained fire fighter is disregarding his own peril as he saves a man from the burning high-rise building. The inevitable happens and Jack is trapped in the burning debris. As his comrades rush to save him the rest of the film is a series of flash-backs from his rooky days until the present.
The story focus is on Jack Morrison's life and secondarily firefighting in general. Captain Mike Kennedy (John Travolta) holds the team together. John Travolta is believable in the film.
Aside from the numerous clich's and shades of 9/11 this is a well done formula movie.
The wide screen DVD was very clear on watching on the laptop. This film would be a good candidate for "Superbit".
There are some extras such as an audio commentary with director Jay Russell and Editor Bud Smith.
There is a lot of interesting backgrounds music to the various scenes. This soundtrack is available.
on November 21, 2007
i was surprised about this movie.it was much more entertaining than i
though it would be.it also moves along at a good pace.Joaquin Phoenix's
character is the main focus of the story,but i think John Travolta
steals the show.he has less screen time,but he gives a very credible
and commanding performance.Robert Patrick is also in the movie,although
he doesn't have a substantial role.still,i thought he was great with
the scenes he had.he is one of the most underrated actors out there,in
my book.Phoenix does a god job as the main character,bu like i
said,this movie is Travolta all the way.anyway,there is one scene in
the movie which is a bit of a downer.other than that though,for
entertainment value you can't beat his movie.my vote for Ladder 49 is a
on May 27, 2005
I went to see this movie last fall expecting nothing much, except a nice afternoon out. I just loved this movie so much I had to go see it again and then I was the first to buy it when it came out on DVD.
The fire scenes are spectacular and what makes it so great is the fact that it is complete. There is a nice balance between the fire/action scenes and the family scenes when you see his relationship with Linda evolve.
Great movie! I recommend it!
on December 28, 2005
When I first saw this movie, I didn't expect much but boy was I surprised! This movie is great. The characters are touching, the way the storyline is presented is unconventional but that's what makes the movie great. It isn't the typical firefighter-police-soldier hero movie!
Two thumbs up from me that's for sure!
on December 23, 2004
This movie had absolutely every emotion, fear, joy,sadness,agnst,and so many more. This is my new favorite movie. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It really makes me think about all the heros this world has that don't ask for anything from us!!! We are very lucky!!