[back dated April 6th 2005]Ladder 49- a MUST see movie(I think) for all military wives and families!
does it take to be the man who runs headlong into a burning building
when everyone else is trying to get out? LADDER 49 is a moving look at
how extraordinary heroes emerge out of ordinary lives, relationships and
Set against a busy Baltimore engine company, the film
peers into the private world of a typical urban firehouse and exposes
the often hidden human element that lies behind the familiar headlines
of firefighters battling furious blazes. It does so by probing one
emblematic fireman's story -- from his gonzo drive to join the
brotherhood of firefighters and his first encounter with the woman who
will become the love of his life; to the harrowing shifts that keep him
from home, the conflicting emotions that grip him as he starts a family
and the bold rescues that are the job's true reward. A starkly intimate
homage to the everyday sacrifices of firefighters, LADDER 49 also
reveals that behind every person who selflessly saves lives are many
others who make it possible.
LADDER 49 enters the life of
devoted firefighter Jack Morrison (JOAQUIN PHOENIX) as it hangs in the
balance. In his zeal to help rescue a trapped civilian, Jack has been
swallowed deep inside a warehouse now transformed into a furnace of
snarling flames, impenetrable black smoke and collapsing debris. Cut off
from all help, Jack fights for survival, while outside his mentor and
Fire Chief, Mike Kennedy (JOHN TRAVOLTA), battles to get his best friend
out alive. As the two men make a desperate last gambit, Jack reflects,
moment by moment, year by year, on how he got himself into this
Starting with the day he first met then-Captain
Kennedy and joined the Baltimore Fire Department, Jack journeys back in
time to reveal a gripping account of a hero-in-the-making. He recalls
his initiation into the close-knit, prank-filled, courage-fed band of
brothers at the firehouse, and the discovery of his own deeply held
compulsion to save lives. But beyond the thrills and excitement of
fighting fires, also lies something else: the powerful bonds of
friendship with his fellow firefighter Tommy Drake (MORRIS CHESTNUT) and
the enduring romance that he has fought to keep alive with his equally
strong wife Linda (JACINDA BARRETT). Pushed to the limits of loyalty and
courage, Jack holds tight to indelible memories as he waits for his own
Now you want to REALLY see this movie don't you!
September 17, 2012
Ladder 49(Movie)MUST read =)
Also I wanted to add some words of another military wife, here is what she had to say about this movie:Does anyone see a connection here? I certainly do. Our hubbies put their lives at risk all the time just like the firefighters. Interesting that they had a similar argument on the movie that I have had with Jeff. I tried to tell him my feelings after the movie, but he shut me out. He knows what I have to say. That movie just brought up anger. Do I feel that the guy was unselfish because he gave up his life to do what he loves? No, I feel that he was totally selfish for not thinking of his family. He took his life away from his wife and two children forever all because he couldn't take a safer position. I think that is pretty damn selfish. The wife. Well, she didn't want to pull him away from what he loved or face repercussions later in life. Anyways, do you see the parallel now? Is it really worth throwing away all that you love so you can risk your life everyday? If so, why get married? Why have children? Why do this unless your ultimate goal is to cause undying pain to your loved ones when you vanish from this earth?
(that was from Pamela Scmidt wife of Cpt J Scmidt and of my very best friends. You could not of said it any better gf) hugs
So with the above said, I highly recommend that you watch this movie. And not while your soldier is deployed, if you do that grab a girlfriend or your mom and have them watch it with you. It is a tear jerker. But it is so true how this movie could be of soldiers dedication and unwillingness they give for thier jobs.
Hats off to all you soldiers, you are our HERO'S and we love what you do and give up to be soldiers.
Hugs and prayers