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Released August 31, 2012 by director David Barrett; starring Josh Duhamel, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis and Vincent D'Onofrio, among some other notable talent. Fire with Fire centers on a dedicated firemen (Duhamel) who witnesses a brutal double homicide at a convenience store. Managing to escape with a bullet in his arm he now holds the sole testimony that can put the violent crime lord (D'Onofrio) away for good. Matters become complicated when, while under witness protection, his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear are threatened. Realizing no matter what he does their lives will forever be in danger he forgoes marshal protection and takes the fight to the crime lord, using any means necessary to find and kill his adversary.
Fire with Fire, point blank, is a low end action film that doesn't pretend to be anything else. Sure, there is a love story thrown in there but only to give more reason for the violence and choices the protagonist makes. There is also a side story about a cop (Willis) forced to choose between his duties as a cop and his personal morals but unfortunately his actions never really play a part in the main plot, so it becomes inconsequential. Knowing this, you can't go in expecting a movie that will blow your socks off or even be that memorable after a few days. Although, with a pretty solid list of actors you also can't it expect to be a total failure.
I'm pretty happy to report that this movie is far from a failure but also far from a Mission Impossible II action flick, which is why I gave it a 5; smack dab in the middle. The acting by all actors involved is done well enough to help you believe and carry the story, especially by D'Onofrio, who gives you that cold but calculated killer feel. Duhamel does well as the action lead, plenty of practice with the Transformers films I'm sure.I will say, with Duhamel's character supposed to be this do right, save lives kind of guy, the script writers or Duhamel, didn't give his character that feeling of really struggling with the violent acts he had to commit. Sure, he showed the typical signs, like puking but other then that I just feel Duhamel didn't show the struggle the character felt internally.
Rosario Dawson was nice to watch as a female lead. Wasn't really a damsel in distress by any means and the film didn't focus on trying to rescue her from some evil captor, which is always refreshing.
The fighting choreography is well acted and fits with the feel of the film, a gritty, bar room brawl kind of fighting. Makeup is passable, with the blood, bullet holes in bodies and so on and so forth looking plenty realistic. A typical fast-paced, heart racing, blood pumping soundtrack is missing from the film, either that or I didn't notice it. There was only one noticeable action song in my opinion and it was towards the beginning, but I did not research its name.
The ending was, like any normal action movie, cliché and featured that iconic character phrase or saying that all action movie characters have, I believe his was "I need you to trust me. Do everything that I ask and I promise we'll survive this. Do you trust me?" The movie is relatively fast, so it does get right into the action and it is possible you will feel like your missing the meat of the movie but I don't feel it hurts this film too much because if it went on too much longer I think it would have hurt the film more then helped it, though a few more violent scenes from Duhamel and D'Onofrio to show what they were both really capable of would have been nice.
So as you can see the film's positives balance out with the negatives. There are not too many failures to make it bad and not too many successes to make it great, which is why its simply decent. If your a fan of D'Onofrio, who I enjoy on Criminal Intent, or Duhamel, who I've only watched on Transformers then you will enjoy this movie as the two get plenty of screen time. If you like Rosario Dawson or find her attractive you'll also like the film as she is prevalent for a good amount of time and has pg-13 sexual scenes as well. Action movie fans, with no real high expectations but who enjoy a simple plot with a bold protagonist will also enjoy this.
My last note is towards Bruce Willis and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent). If your looking for a Bruce Willis action film where he has plenty of acting time and kicks butt all day this is not the film as he plays no real significant character and is not shown often. Albeit he has one pretty neat fight sequence that lasts three to five seconds and is fun to watch. As for Curtis, I know many who enjoy his music but not so much his acting, though I will admit I enjoyed "Before I self Destruct". I'll tell you right now his total screen time is three minutes max and in those minutes he does decently well portraying his insignificant character. I actually laughed when I saw him on the cover of the movie poster as he literally is no part of this film other then a gun seller, I assume it was for whatever publicity.
Either way this movie gets a 5/5 from me. Watching it, not watching it either way it won't affect you negatively.
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