While I was coming up with the following list of fire related flicks, a part of me was wondering if I should include the Disney cartoon, Bambi, or the Steve Martin comedy, Roxanne. One part of me acknowledged the fact that both of these movies had sequences that either involved a fire or a fire department. Where as another part took on board that the main brunt of these tales weren't fire based, so to speak, as they hedged their bets more towards humor and drama than action and adventure.

So what did I do? I flipped a coin at Roxy Palace online casino and settled on leaving them be. After all, life is a gamble, gambling is like playing with fire, and what now follows is a list of fire based flicks.

Inspired by a true story, this film recounts the world’s largest man-made disaster that took place on an oil rig, situated on the Gulf of Mexico, on the 20th of April, 2010. The story honors the brave men and women who saved the many people on board the rig, and it stars such illustrious actors as Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O’Brien, who fight and flee the explosion, whilst John Malkovich provides the dastardly corporate foil to their operation.

Ladder 49 (2004)

Jaoquin Phoenix and John Travolta play two Baltimore based fire-fighters who do their best to survive their shift without getting killed in the process. Jack Morrison (as played by Phoenix) struggles to cope with a risky, demanding job, that often leaves his wife and kids worrying for his life. So to deal with the psychological strain placed upon him, Jack relies on the support of his mentor, Captain Mike Kennedy (as played by Travolta), thus cementing the brotherly bond between them. One day Jack becomes trapped inside one of the worst blazes in his career, and this throws sharp focus over everything he holds dear, like his life, his family, his dignity, his courage, plus his fellow firemen of Ladder 49.

Volcano (1997)

When a geological disaster hits the streets of Los Angeles, California, Mike Roark (as played by Tommy Lee Jones) gets called in to investigate what's going on beneath the city. After a while he figures out that there is an underground volcano forming below L.A., which is spurned on when it blows up and molten lava begins to spread throughout the state. Eventually Mike teams-up with Doctor Amy Barnes (as played by Ann Heche), and together they battle the eruption, rescue citizens, and run the city's emergency response while sparks of romantic attraction fly.

Backdraft (1991)

Dennis and Brian McCaffrey (as played by Kurt Russell and William Baldwin) are two warring brothers who carry their lifelong sibling rivalry into their work as fire-men. Dennis is convinced that Brian isn't up to the pressures of working in the fire department, and that is why he's eventually transferred to a "safe assignment", assisting arson investigator, Donald Rimgale (as played by Robert DeNiro). But as you'd expect, there comes a time when Brian and Ronald embark on a case that involves Dennis, a case where they try to make sense of a series of fires relating to an oxygen-induced ball of fire -- called a backdraft -- which is somehow connected to a corrupt politician and the imprisoned pyromaniac, Ronald Bartel (as played by Donald Sutherland).

The Towering Inferno (1974)

Widely considered as being one of the best disaster movies ever made, The Towering Inferno boasts one of the most impressive casts of its era, including old school Hollywood heroes, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, whom are supported by superstars Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, O.J. Simpson, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Richard Chamberlain, and Jennifer Jones. In the film, the world's tallest building becomes the victim to an electrical mishap on the day of its grand opening, and a subsequent huge fire erupts on its upper floors, causing all of the city's rescue teams to converge upon the scene and attempt to fight against what is a raging monster. Step by step, floor by floor, the heroes embark on a race against time to save hundreds of people trapped inside.

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FIVE HOT FILMS - SETTING FIRE TO CINEMA FIVE HOT FILMS - SETTING FIRE TO CINEMA Reviewed by David Andrews on February 20, 2017 Rating: 5

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