Burn

Burn

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  • Burn
    2 minutes 8 seconds
    Added: Nov 5, 2012

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Burn Reviews

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

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.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

July 5, 2013
Chris Knight
National Post

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.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2013
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

May 2, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 14, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
PopPolitics.com

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.

Full Review Source: PopPolitics.com

December 8, 2012
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.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.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.5/5.0

December 7, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

... 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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

December 3, 2012
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

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November 10, 2012
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 9, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 8, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 7, 2012
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 3, 2012
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

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

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

November 2, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2012
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