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Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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Escape Fire tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: what can be done to save our broken medical system? Award-winning filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke follow dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. The film examines the powerful forces trying to maintain the status quo in an industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care

Feb 25, 2013

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This swiftly paced documentary assembles expert talking heads and real-world patients and practitioners to discuss defusing the ticking time bomb of American health care costs.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There's no escaping the fact that the sheer profusion of similarly-themed efforts in recent years reduces their individual impact.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke's sobering, often infuriating documentary about medical care in 21st-century America.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The film is surprisingly optimistic, arguing that there are genuine, practical answers to many of the problems afflicting the system, and some are already being adopted.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Arranged in a handful of clear, concise chapters, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" turns an unwieldy, Medusa-headed topic into a convincingly humane argument for change.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Cogent, convincing, determinedly non-ideological, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" tells us that everything we think we know about that incendiary topic might be wrong. And it offers us a way out of the morass.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A more sweeping look at the assumptions behind American healthcare

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Suffers from some jumbled editing, but has the benefit of enormously sympathetic subjects, and rather persuasively suggests a collective societal myopia on the subject of health care.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Dry doings but certainly important and thorough.

October 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

It's enough to raise one's blood pressure, if it weren't elevated already.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

"Escape Fire" will be a learning and thought provoking experience.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

One of those rare gems that concentrates on solutions to a problem rather than just hopelessly presenting one.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com

The most compelling parts of the film talk about how the military, dealing with injured and traumatized soldiers from two wars, is in the vanguard of trying new treatments that help patients and save money.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Health care is a difficult subject to make compelling onscreen -- much less in a nonpartisan manner -- which makes Escape Fire a documentary with major breakout potential.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Ninety-five straight minutes of information and perspective that will clarify many of the lingering doubts you may have about your medical treatment. Briskly paced, always engaging, and never dry.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A condemnation of the US health system in general, like Michael Moore's Sicko, sans the self-aggrandizing.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

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