Ladder 49...worth it?

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  1. Jonny P

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    Is Ladder 49 worth a blind buy?

    It looked similar to Backdraft when they were showing the trailers last summer. I am a Travolta fan and thought about getting this.

    Has anyone seen it?
     
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    that is a good question.. I happen to see this movie on the plane.. I thought it was pretty good. it has two stories going on at the same time, so its different in style then backdraft.. I would say that I liked it more then backdraft.. I am not sure if it would be a type of movie that you want to watch again.. more like a rental.. John was pretty good in the movie.. more of a supporting role.

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    It's definitely more of a rental than a blind buy.
     
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    A rental - if that. I thought it was melodramatic slop...
     
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    I liked it and bought it. But then again, I go against the general grain when it comes to films.
     
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    The similarities to backdrfat end at the firehouse door. Backdraft is more of a mystery thiller where Ladder 49 is a drama about Joquain's character. I really liked it.
     
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    Considering you're a Travolta fan i'd call it a rental. I thought it was merely ok in the theater and won't be taking the time to watch it again despite my unlimited titles for one low price membership @ Blockbuster.
     
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    Speaking from a family full of firefighters, I can say that Ladder 49 so far has gotten the CLOSEST to reality when it comes to the profession. There are still definately some liberties taken just for the ability to film what goes on, but Backdraft is almost a comedy in my family thanks to all the "Yeah, like he'd be able to do that!"
     
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    I would say the same thing dean.. it was more reality based then say backdraft.

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    I thought it was excellent. [​IMG]
     
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    I loved the firefighting stuff, but the melodrama was just plain awful (I was watching the DVD tonight). Rent it (no blind buy).
     
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    I'll be picking this up for sure, liked the movie a lot [​IMG]
     
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    i saw this as a tribute to firefighters and a good one at that.

    backdraft was about how a crooked firefighter could use his position for advantage.

    there was nothing crooked about anyone in ladder 49.

    despite the melodrama it has very high intentions.
     
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    Did you see the first 48 Ladder movies? I would do that, or you may not be able to follow this one.
     
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    Honestly, I stopped watching the series after Ladder 19: Whispers of Fire. It really seemed that the writers were running out of ideas, and Travolta's character had just turned into a parody of himself by this time. I did catch parts of Ladder 35: Cause for Alarm on TNT, but the space scene had such bad CG, I couldn't watch anymore and switched over to MXC.
     
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    Not sure I could recommend even a rent on this one.

    Comes off as a love letter to rescue workers and their families.

    Doubt this would have been made if not for 9/11.

    Hard to take 2hrs of villain-free melodrama.

    The folksy soundtrack also drove me nuts.

    Only fun to be had was predicting every plot turn before it happened.

    The 'moving montage' at the end had me thinking I was watching a Budweiser commercial.
     
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    i guess fire realy was the villain.
    and it was more of a irish sounding soundtrack.
    not sure what the irish/fireman connection would be.
     
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    it's good
     
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    I thought this was a great movie myself. A friend rented it and we watched it and now I must buy it.

    I thought the sound mix was awesome.
     

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