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Ladder 49
Topic by: sanosukex
Posted: October 9, 2004 - 1:11 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 9, 2004 - 2:35 PM PDT

author topic: Ladder 49
sanosukex
post #1  on October 9, 2004 - 1:11 PM PDT  
I thought it was a pretty good if not depressing film.. what i dont understand is most of the reviews ive read.. like a review from rotten says "Instead of humanizing the firemen, the movie idolizes them, and thus renders them into cardboard characters" and hollywood.com review says "Perhaps it's just that these characters are too damn perfect. Post 9/11, firefighters have become more than rescuers, they are, in the eyes of many Americans, heroes and Ladder 49 adopts the biased notion that they are also faultless." i mean did they even watch the movie? anyone who seen this movie can easily see there is no way they deplict the characters as faultless.. And also considering how it ends honestly I dont even think a lot of these people even saw the movie at all before they reviewed it..

:::Spoliers Below:::

Come on 2 of the main characters die and 1 was because he was goofing off and wasnt paying attention and 1 is really burned bad on top of that.. far from faultless







sanosukex
post #2  on October 9, 2004 - 1:13 PM PDT  
sorry meant to put the spoiler furthur down but for some reason it went up to the top..
jross3
post #3  on October 9, 2004 - 2:35 PM PDT  
I saw it... I was really sad at the end! but you knew that.

I didn't see the "idolization" much either. I mean, (*spolers*) sure, the main character is kind of living the american dream - he's got a sexy wife, one son and one daughter, and he saves people for a living. It's enviable, but not really idolization. The in-fighting among the firefighters isn't really idolizing, either. And I'm sure that there are a lot of fire stations in the country that don't operate the way that theirs did, I'm reasonably confidant that it's a fair (if slightly shifted toward idealized) representation of what a fire station is like (with all the more boring parts stripped out for cinema's sake, that is).
What I think is that the time-lapse storyline is to humanize rather than idolize. You feel like you know the guy. You see how close the relationships between the firefighters get. You see the conflict between them, and the re-forging of bonds, and it's all very humanizing, and it shows what it means to be a firefighter.
And then he dies like that.... so sad! I nearly teared up, and that doesn't happen to me much.

It seems to me, as well, that these reviewers (are total idiots) got things backwards.

It wasn't that great, but it was really good. 4/5! there's your review from someone who not only saw but payed attention to the movie.

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