Backdraft has always been my favorite movie. Come on, who can forget when that movie first came out, All the "wackers" coming to movie theatre with there pagers one, knowing that they are out of their district, dragged the love ones to see it and they didn't want to. And who can not forget the famous line of the movie, "You go, We go!"
Ladder 49 was the better of the two, though still very "Hollywood." I don't know any incident commander that would purposefully allow a firefighter to die in a burning building based on their statements. Overall though, it was a much more realistic film than Backdraft; the whole "you go, we go" thing was all just so much macho chest thumping and hot air...
Backdraft due to all the special effects- if you don't believe me, get the special edition on dvd it shows all the special effects and how they used REAL fire, not animated fire like in Ladder 49 and Chuck and Larry. Backdraft all the way... it is the reason i've always wanted to be a Chicago firemen.
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I like BackDraft the best. There was always something going on. With Ladder 49, it was mainly about the fireman that was trapped in the warehouse, now dont get me wrong, I thought is was pretty good movie, but I really backdraft the most.
Ladder 49 more realistic than backdraft IE I would love to go in an empty wharehouse fully involved still be able to see my hands let alone a fellow firefighter 30 feet away also run around for 30 minutes without a pack and mask. But I liked backdraft just liked ladder 49 better
Greenman, that is one of the issues we do face today. Firefighters starting fires, just to get that rush, or hurry up back to the fire station to ride the truck, or they
are just simply a pyro and they help. They want attention.
You don't hear to much about now, like before, but it's out there.