Ladder 49 (2004)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Drama, Thriller


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A firefighter, injured and trapped in a burning building, has flashbacks of his life as he drifts in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters led by the Chief attempt to rescue him.

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  • John Travolta in Ladder 49 (2004)
  • John Travolta and Jay Russell in Ladder 49 (2004)
  • Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix, right) proves his bravery as he risks his life to save a trapped man.
  • Matthew Marsden at an event for Ladder 49 (2004)
  • Brooke Hamlin at an event for Ladder 49 (2004)
  • Captain Mike Kennedy (John Travolta, right) mobilizes his team to rescue their trapped comrade.

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Director:

Jay Russell

Writer:

Lewis Colick

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27 October 2004 | tfrizzell
Climbing, Climbing, Climbing........
A terrible blaze traps a firefighter (Joaquin Phoenix) in a Baltimore building. As his co-workers (led by chief John Travolta) try to figure out a way to help him escape, Phoenix thinks about the last 10 years of his life. Through those years of fighting fires he experienced triumph (meeting and marrying the love of his life, Jacinda Barrett) and also living through several tragedies (deaths and injuries to fellow firemen). "Ladder 49" is comparable to a legendary athlete, it is not always great but it is great when it has to be. The movie has many shortcomings. There are dead spots galore and watching firefighters getting drunk in wild bars and playing silly pranks on one another do not always put them in a favorable light. However, the film's final act is excellent as we learn what Phoenix's fate is. In many ways an homage to those brave individuals in New York who sacrificed all during the terrorist attacks of 9-11 and also a deceptively smart character study. Travolta is excellent and Phoenix is nearly as good. Members of the supporting cast all have their moments and by the end "Ladder 49" climbed high enough for me. 4 stars out of 5.

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