Ladder 49 - 2004 (PG-13)


Year of Release: 2004
Rated: PG-13
Director: Jay Russell
Approx. Running Time: 115 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

"Two Thumbs Up!"
-Ebert & Roeper

Academy Award-nominated stars Joaquin Phoenix (Best Supporting Actor, Gladiator, 2000) and John Travolta (Best Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) ignite the intense action in this heroic tale of ordinary men with uncommon courage! As part of a tightly knit brotherhood of skilled firefighters, Jack Morrison (Phoenix) grows from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran as he faces a dangerous job that makes him a hero to strangers but often shortchanges his wife (Jacinda Barrett - The Human Stain) and kids. Then, when he becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, the things Jack holds most important - family, duty, courage - come sharply into focus.

"A Powerful, Persuasive, Heart-Pounding Experience!"
-Clay Smith, Access Hollywood

My Comments:

This movie blends a nice mix of drama and humor as it follows the life of one firefighter, Jack Morrison. Though it is not Joaquin Phoenix's best peformance, he does a very good job with this role, as does his co-star John Travolta (who I don't normally like).

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Rated PG-13 (MPAA)
3 Stars
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