Backdraft

BackdraftBB

(out of 5)


Two brothers, complete opposites in every way, are reunited after having not seen each other for years. The elder () is a fire fighter like his father was before he died in a tragic accident. The younger brother () has shifted between careers until finally deciding to become a fire fighter himself; having witnessed his father’s death was an obstacle up until this point. The clash of their personalities is the dramatic centre around which this entire drama surrounds itself, but of course this isn’t enough for Hollywood, so there’s a murder mystery thrown in the middle as well (the whole subplot stinks of studio executive interference). The effects work involving burning buildings and exploding houses is awe-inspiring, but it can’t hide the fact that the characters are all old cliches and the running time takes double the length it needs to tell a very simple story.  stands out impeccably as a burn victim who investigates arson, and is the key player in unraveling a series of murders.


USA, 1991

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Sound (Garry Summers, Randy Thom, Gary Rydstrom, Glenn Williams)
Best Sound Effects Editing (Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns)
Best Visual Effects (Mikael Salomon, Allen Hall, Clay Pinney, Scott Farrar)

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Special Visual Effects


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