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Burn Reviews

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July 5, 2013
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.
May 9, 2013
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2013
An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames.
December 14, 2012
These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation.
December 8, 2012
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 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5.0
December 7, 2012
An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2012
... 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 | Original Score: B+
November 10, 2012
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 9, 2012
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 8, 2012
The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 7, 2012
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 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2012
Who needs the fake fires and explosions of the"Terminator" series when you can see the real thing in this doc?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 1, 2012
Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 2012
What the filmmakers captured over the course of that year is remarkable: a story of pride in the face of hopelessness, bonding in the face of troubles, exhilaration in the face of certain death
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