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Amazing !!
Oct 04, 2004 12:46 PM 1838 Views
(Updated Oct 04, 2004 12:46 PM)





I did not do the mistake which most of us will make on seeing the visuals. NO - Ladder 49 is not a action movie ,nor can you see any thrilling scenes ,say something u saw in bourne supremacy ... SOme other people had an opnion that it is about fire fighters who died on Sep 11- Again NO .. Few other peopel suggested that it is just a documentary ..NO ..This is definitely not that !!! What the hell is this then !!!! Well ,in my own words I would say this movie has everything of the above in right proportions ...

Revealing the Storyline will not take the steam of ur expereince ... This story is about a collection of expereinces which a fire fighter ( Joaquin Phoenix) recollects when he is trapped in a building in an attempt to save lives in a building.

A word of caution -Don't ever go to this movie imagining this will be an cut of the action movie .It presents the story in avery intresting way .The story jumps from the past to the present and vice versa thru flashbacks . All the actors have given an excellent performaces ,esp Phoenix ,Travolta .

Travolta's speech at the end is just amazing and the body language he shows in that scene will win him good reviews .. Otherwise it is Phoenix show all the way. This movie does not have heroic dialogues ,but very realistic but at the same time very enjoyable ones that one will remember .The difficulties faced by firefighter, their emotions, their interactions with family is brought in a very intresting way in the form of expereinces narrated by Phoenix.

The film does have its lighter side. Time and again you see some humor ,very natural that does nt sound as artifical. It goes like a leaf in a river ..very smooth, natural and enjoyable. Esp the scene where a newbiee fire fighter is inducted in a fire station ..Just amazing !!! How a firefighter's family reacts when a fellow fighter gets hurt is dealt beautifully ..And 1000 thanks for not bringing in Sep 11 episode, that would taken the glory out of this movie and the entire focus would have been shifted .

The balance between the past and present is maintained beautifully and makes the expereinces worth every cent !!! The music is very much diversified with orchestral ,Brass dominating score when perform heroic actions ,rock and roll during humorous moments and piano solos during romance and emotions. The role of music is very important.

If the music had been like Star Wars or something like ,people would have been confused as the visuals would not match with the music ... Some of the dialogues are just amazing !!!Esp the climax speech, the phoenix's wife explains her worry in a subtle way and the scene where Phoenix explains that saving other's life is important ,though risky are just extraordinary .. The editing is perfect with no hitches and jerks etc ...

Excellent Movie - will be the bottomline !!

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