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An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames.
These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation.
An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.
The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.
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.
Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.
Burn lets us inside a world we wouldn't otherwise see -- it's far too dangerous for most of us. But these admirable men wouldn't have it any other way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
... 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.
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