Run, damn you!My dad used to be a volunteer fireman. For the longest time, this was his favorite movie. I think each fireman was forced to watch it several times a year.
Anyway. It's a movie about two brothers (Kurt Russell and Billy - I mean, William - Baldwin), both Chicago firefighters, who really don't get along. They end up working together (out of necessity) when an arsonist starts going apeshit.
Backdraft is basically a conventional action-type film, complete with flames and shit blowing up. But it's the way we see the flames and the way they look and sound that make me recommend this film.
The fire sequences are absolutely stunning. They're shot almost lovingly, but the flame itself is a monster that can kill on a whim and without any warning. When we see a fire burst, we can hear it crackle and sizzle and - this may sound weird - moan. It's incredible. Director Ron Howard has also blended some tricky footage in there as well, so it looks an awful lot like Russell, Baldwin and their comrades really are there in the thick of it.
But the plot is weak, with almost each specific point done countless times before and done better. A sprawling cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Rebecca DeMornay, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Donald Sutherland and Scott Glenn among others, never really holds us interested in the lives of the characters. We just wanna see the fire.It's got a Baldwin, so I'm tempted to give it a lower grade, but the fire sequences are just too cool.