Ladder 49


Touchstone Pictures presents a film directed by Jay Russell. Written by Lewis Colick. Running time: 120 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for intense fire and rescue situations and language).


Finally another movie about fire and firefighters. I must confess by the look of the previews for this one I was giving mock masturbation gestures and being completely unoptimistic.


However I enjoyed this one. Mainly because of Mr. Phoenix. This guy is a true star. I’ll see anything he does simply because he’s an incredibly watchable actor. The film was set up like this. He’s trapped in a fiery build and then we flash back to the beginnings of his career, his romance, marriage and brotherhood with the rest of his fire house. This is a well made film and after the first half I was convinced this would be a great movie, but then the second half happened. It wasn’t necessarily wrong, but it got a little to sentimental for me and it had a completely unnecessary ending which I think was written just for the sake of being sentimental. I think in this rare case a more traditional Hollywood ending would have been a bit more appropriate. It’s not often that I grant a film that privilege, but for the guys at Ladder 49 you bet.


My expectations for this film we that of heroic idolism because of the way everyone felt after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. But this film simply concentrated on the job. It was the details and the every day feel to this film that made it work. It was a personal story about a guy who just loved his job, had some fears and doubts, saves a few lives, pals around and in the end is not looked at as some kind of savior, but rather someone who did his job really well.


Turn your cheese settings all the way up on this one and you just might enjoy it provided you enjoy cheese. If you prefer some kind of soy alternative this film may not be agreeable to your system.

~ by fumikaelson on October 26, 2004.

One Response to “Ladder 49”

  1. Phoenix has nothing on you charlie! You are dreamy and hunky in your own right! I think if you gave acting a shot (in the back of the) you would be just as good if not better?

    Your FAN!!

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