“Ladder 49” has everything: action, character development and
Jaoquin Phoenix plays Jack Morrison in the big-budget
fire-fighting extravaganza, “Ladder 49.” Phoenix steals the show
from John Travolta.
Travolta plays Mike Kennedy, the Fire Chief and father figure to
Morrison and the other men at the fire station.
Ladder 49 is not just an action movie; instead it is a movie
about life, Jack’s life. Jack does not enjoy the inherent danger
associated with fighting fires, but to him the job is worth doing
because he wants to help others in need. Jack’s character is well
developed and stands out in the movie.
Phoenix does an exceptional job playing an average guy and
shines not only in the action scenes, but also in the serious
scenes with his wife, played by Jacinda Barrett. This movie will
probably catapult Phoenix to superstar status.
The stunts in “Ladder 49” are amazingly realistic. It is
refreshing to watch a movie with real stunts without computer
“Ladder 49” is a very intense movie and while in the theater it
is easy to forget that “Ladder 49” is a movie, as the story and
characters are all very realistic.
“Ladder 49” is full of action, drama, wonderful characters and
is an all around good movie.
four out of four