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Fire With Fire
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11.30.2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
David Barrett

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Josh Duhamel
Rosario Dawson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A fireman witnesses a gang related execution and must go into witness protection to evade a ruthless killer. The cops mess that up as always and put both him and his new woman in danger, forcing him to man up and take the game to the guys trying to kill him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I don't mind taking a big bite out of a straight to DVD action flick from time to time as sometimes I feel quite rewarded by the outcome. I'll admit they're not as bland and by the book as they used to be, but then again, I did say sometimes. This time, we get the same old same old and its painfully obvious from square one. That said, if you want to get a good idea of what takes place in this film all you really have to do is watch the trailer because it's all there. Yeah, it's one of those.

How in God's name they got Bruce Willis to sign on for this I'll never know, but he's here and to say he's phoning in his meager role is an understatement. I love Rosario Dawson, but beyond still showing us that she's aged well, there's not much going on here for her either. Josh Duhamel I actually like. I don't know if it's because of TRANSFORMERS, the fact that he voices Captain Flynn from JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES--a cartoon my daughter loves-- or if it's because of the surprisingly entertaining LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, but I do enjoy him and he's good here as an action star (some of his lines are brutal as hell, but it's to be expected). As far as action is concerned, Duhamel delivers in both intensity (the torture was awesome) and presentation (he looked good doing some of his own stunts). I dug it.

The bad news is that this is a storyline we've seen millions of times and is predictable as my PMD (pre-morning dump). I use this comparison because the setup and story are shit, pure and simple. Turf wars, executions, sadistic hitmen, lazy cops and an unlikely hero pushed to his limits. Yep, that about covers it from cover to cover.

FIRE WITH FIRE isn't the worst straight to DVD fare I've ever seen (Dolph, Van Damme and Seagal have put out some doozies over the past decade), but with star power like this you can't help but expect more for your money. I know I did (Vincent D'Onofrio plays a wicked villain though). The crew behind this flick also did STREETS OF BLOOD, a flick that I actually loved, so I know these guys can do it right if they want to. Hell, it even had 50 Cent as a lead and he was good, rather than here, stuck in the same typecast role he finds himself in when making cameos in almost every film he's attached to. I wouldn't give up on the studio and minds behind these flicks just yet, but seriously guys, you can do better.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are two commentaries; one with director David Barrett and cinematographer Christopher Prolst which was bland as hell and nearly put me to sleep. The other one has actors Vincent D' Onofrio, Eric Winter and James Lesure. I'd have loved to see 50, Duhamel or Dawson join this bunch, but I'm game for chilling out with D' Onofrio anytime.

Behind The Scenes With Interviews: There's ten minutes of standard cast and crew praising the flick while giving us the play by play down to the letter with some added clips--again, see trailer for the same exact thing. There are some extended interviews with the rest of the cast we don't see here (and some of the same, saying the same thing) which run for a minute or two a piece and don't really amount to squat.

Previews: There's a trailer for the feature as well as some other previews for LIONSGATE flicks you've no doubt already seen or avoided like the plague.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The action scenes are worthwhile and I'm a sucker for anything that deals with fire (am I a pyro...maybe a little). This flick is the very definition of 'forgettable action' so I wouldn't advise spending any sort of currency to see it. If you're bored and scrolling through the channels some night fine, but other than that, it's not worth any direct effort.
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11:58AM on 11/30/2012

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