Excerpt: It’s a little sad – and it was slightly shocking – to see that Bruce Willis has now joined the ranks of venerable actors who are producing films that go straight to video. Now, certainly not everything he’s making has gone that route. In fact, he’s currently stinking up multiplexes worldwide with the worse-than-you-can-believe (or so I’ve been told) “A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013). But I don’t blame that on Bruce, though.
Conclusion: Fire With Fire is a decent action-thriller that is made a lot more interesting by a great cast that includes Duhamel, Willis, Dawson, D’Onofrio, Dunn, Schiff, and more. It’s directed with an assured hand by David Barrett who has plenty of experience filming second unit and stunt sequences from his past. This Blu-ray is also much better than one would have guessed, with a very nice picture and a powerful audio mix too.
Summary: Though I have much praise for this film, I have to confess my dissatisfaction with the film’s ending. It is extremely abrupt, and it leaves the fate of the main characters essentially in limbo without the hope of any resolution. David Barrett, thumbs up for the top-notch stunts and top-shelf cast, but you might want to work on your endings.
Excerpt: The first 14-minutes of Fire with Fire are superb. Fireman Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) inadvertently witnesses a hate crime, and escapes with his life. Convinced to testify against a gang of Aryan nation thugs, Coleman enters witness protection as the US Marshals and local police begin their work. Then, it’s over. Coleman hooks up with US Marshal Talia (Rosario Dawson), inserted as little more than emotional fodder.
Conclusion: Fire With Fire could have used a little more Shakespeare and a little less Aaron Spelling, to horribly mix creative types. This silly melodrama has two charismatic leads, but the film is just a mess of ludicrous situations and cartoonish supporting characters. I'm sure the film will probably bring back fond memories to women who were probably younger girls on dates when they first saw it, but for those not awash in rose-colored glasses memories, Fire With Fire is a...