Backdraft (1991) – Encore Review


“The funny thing about firemen is… Night and day they are always firemen” – Ronald Bartel

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater in 1991, cable, DVD, 13 Nov 2001, 6 Jan 2014 and 25 Mar 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Two firefighter brothers who don’t get along must try and work together in order to stop an arsonist.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I have always enjoyed ever since I first saw it in the theater nearly 30 years ago.

The film is presented in a way that makes the job of a firefighter seem like they are rock stars.

This is the kind of movie that inspired lots of young men and women to enlist as firefighters all over the word because it makes the job seem so glamorous.

The movie sports an amazing cast who help keep things so interesting the whole way through.

Kurt Russell is superb in the lead role and William Baldwin also does a great job playing his younger brother.

The musical score is quite riveting to listen to because it adds so much poignancy to everything going on here.

The soundtrack is also great and adds so much to the atmosphere of it all.

The story and plot are set up really well and they find ways to throw in a bunch of nice twists and turns along the way that help make things a bit ambiguous.

This adds to the suspense and tension of the story and helps make it more entertaining.

The film has amazing special effects that allow us to truly belive that these firefighters are right there in the midst of every dangerous and deadly fire that they must fight against.

The film’s biggest flaw is that since it has such a ensemble cast of actors, many of them are underdeveloped and their story lines feel incomplete due to time constraints and this gives off the feel that some of them are quite wasted in these roles.

Bottom Line – Interesting movie that really does a great job showing the work of Firefighters as rock stars. The film has an amazing cast that shines throughout.  Great musical score and soundtrack helps make things feel so much more powerful the whole way through. The plot is set up really well and I really enjoyed the way that things are left a bit ambiguous because it adds to the tension of the story. The special effects are great and allow us to really believe that these actors are in the midst of deadly fires the whole way through. The biggest problem that this film has is that since it has such a stellar ensemble cast, many of them don’t have enough to do and they feel a bit wasted. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After reading the script, Jennifer Jason Leigh reportedly told director Ron Howard that she wished she was the fire because it has the best part. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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