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Burn (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Burn is a character-driven documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroiters who are on the front lines, trying to rescue and rebuild it. -- (C) Official Site

May 6, 2014

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An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Burn captures the danger (and, yes, excitement) of putting out blazes, as well as the futility of dousing flames in a city rife with arson-and the struggles to maintain adequate funding in a wrecked economy that hits the public sector hardest.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Burn does some eulogising for a great nation that may never achieve that greatness again, but it also celebrates the spirit of community that built it up.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Burn, from directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, is a straight-up documentary about a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department. And what a year.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

As powerful as Burn's images can be, the Detroit firefighters tell their own stories about what's important to them, their neighborhood connections, their family legacies, their pride in their fellows and in their community.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: PopPolitics.com
PopPolitics.com

Directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez structure Burn in a brilliant way, allowing viewers not just access to life behind the fire hose but to make personal connections with these men who act against the human instinct to run away from the flames.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

... the dynamic on-the-fly scenes of danger and chummy stationhouse camaraderie are slowly peeled away to reveal a fascinating and multigenerational portrait of loss, resiliency, frustration and regret.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

If Black America is an internal colony, then Detroit is its epicenter. Hence, the more than coincidental ties between this powerful documentary and Pontecorvo's masterpiece.

November 10, 2012 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Burn is not just a celebration of these wonderful, involving fighters of fires and so much more that threatens survival. It is also a tribute to the decent working class and firefighters everywhere who impact so many lives.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The endless scenes of burning buildings and macho posturing merely provide an action-driven context for the filmmakers to deal with more personal topics like loneliness and resiliency.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Who needs the fake fires and explosions of the"Terminator" series when you can see the real thing in this doc?

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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