Ladder 49 (2004)

Ladder 49 (2004)
  • Time: 115 min
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Jay Russell
  • Cast: John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Patrick, Jacinda Barrett


Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he’s made have put him in harm’s way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Assistant Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.

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  • This is not only entertaining for viewers, but has a more profound sense of what life is all about. Joaquin Phoenix does his best playing a character, Jack, who has a series of harrowing, life-threatening fires under his belt. But his latest fire might turn out to be his last.

    Phoenix recounts some of the major moments of his life as his fellow firefighters try desperately to save him as he becomes trapped in a burning building. Phoenix’s character, Jack, is trying to make his way to safety guided by his former captain played by John Travolta. Viewers can see the strong bond between Jack and his fellow firefighters. They can also see how much they truly do can about the welfare of one another, something not always so easy to do in movies. I found this to be more believable than I do in many war pictures and second-rate Television drama’s.

    This film is not only about fighting fires, but living life. Phoenix’s chararcter looks back at many of the decisions that he made over the years the made of difference in the lives of others. Phoenix’s character, Jack, realizes that he has led a good life, and does not seem to be laden with regret. I have a great deal of respect for those who sacrifice their well-being for the safety and protection of others.

    Take it from me, anyone who has had an experience similar to that of Jack, can appreciate his dignity, courage, and inner-strength. More films about wars and fighting fires should take a close look at the way it was done here. Such a lack of silliness does this film well.

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