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A decorated firefighter has his wife and son leave him because of his violent tendencies, including playing a game of Russian Roulette with his wife. Only trouble is he believes that the ... See full summary »

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A decorated firefighter has his wife and son leave him because of his violent tendencies, including playing a game of Russian Roulette with his wife. Only trouble is he believes that the loving neighbor couple and their two children are to blame for them leaving by filling his wife's head with nonsense. He then sets out to discipline the family for their failings. But when the couple reports him to the police, the police will not believe the couple because of the fireman's status in the community. Things escalate until he kills a repairman, then the police and finally launches a totally terroristic attack on the family including again playing Russian Roulette with them. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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When the model airplane flies through the window, the glass breaks apart in small pieces like safety glass of a car, normal window glass does not break like this. See more »

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Lyle Wilder: Don't squint too hard you might go blind
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Bad day at the office - 18%
9 April 2005 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Now this is a surprise. Normally, I'd expect Eastern movies to have a different title to the one I'd just watched because of the slight language difference. But this is the first American movie I've seen where the title in the listings and on screen was "Under Pressure" and yet it's actually called "Bad Day On The Block" and is now calling itself "The Fireman". Whatever it's called, it's a duffer and no mistake and not even Hollywood playboy Charlie Sheen can rescue it - ironically, for a fireman.

Martin's less-talented son plays celebrated fireman Lyle Wilder, a brief media sensation after he rescues a baby from a burning crack-house. But when Lyle returns home after work, we see him for what he truly is - a depressed, psychotic loner who lives alone with only memories of his ex-wife and a nasty dog for company. You can tell he's a bad one because he loves moody lighting effects, sweats profusely and has a wide-eyed stare so beloved of nutters for many cinematic outings. Unfortunately, when a model aeroplane belonging to his neighbour's son (Noah Fleiss) crashes through his window, it triggers a lethal domino effect and Lyle begins a campaign of terror against the bemused family next door.

"Under Pressure" is as uninspiring as either of it's titles, dragging what might have been an interesting character study into well-travelled waters. Sheen doesn't help, acting like a Jack Nicholson tribute act and pointlessly quoting the Bible as if his life depended on it. Seeing this, it's not difficult to see why Sheen's professional career has nose-dived quicker than shares in MG Rover. "Pantomime" seems too critical a word but Sheen broods and goes through the motions with almost no interest at all - he's as bad as Jon Voight in "Anaconda" but not as funny. We know very little about how and why Lyle is as disturbed as he is (and why absolutely nobody saw this obvious psycho living in their neighbourhood) and as his one-man war against wholesome neighbours Catherine and Reese (Mare Winningham & David Andrews, respectively) and their two children reaches it's climax, you simply don't care enough about the family or Lyle to bother to check out the ending.

Nothing about this film leaps off the page and grabs your attention, aside from how plain and boring it is. The performances are unmemorable (apart from Sheen, who's just bad), the story is weak and the whole thing has that dreadful TVM feel to it. In fact, I'm amazed that I was inspired enough to write as much about this film as I have. It's duller than a golf tournament and I think I know why it has two titles. Because if you watch a film called "Under Pressure" and find it to be complete rubbish then perhaps you'd like to watch another. It's called "The Fireman"...


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