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on 19 August 2014
After witnessing the murders of a store owner and his son, Jeremy Coleman barely escapes with his life.

As he is forced to testify against crime lord Hagan, he is placed in the witness protection program under the watch of the U.S. Marshals.

As his new identity becomes compromised Jeremy is forced to take an unexpected course of action in order to get his life back and save the lives of those he loves.....

If you take away the 'get them before they get you' part of the narrative,this film is just a dramatic retread of the eighties comedy 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil', person sees a crime, gets away, and the bad guys are after them.

But naturally, the cops are after our hero, because he's seen Kill Bill a couple of times.

If this had been made in the nineties, it would have starred Keenan Ivory Wayans, and had a comic twist on the narrative, and still have that dark edge.

Here we suffice with Duhamel literally taking the title for granted, running every five minutes and breathing heavily.

Dawson is the best thing about the film, Vincent D'onofrio turns up as a guest villain, and Bruce Willis, although very good, looks very, very smug.

It's by the numbers stuff, and its nothing memorable, but you'll have a bit if fun watching all the clichés add up.
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Okay, so ‘revenge films’ are nothing new. Ever since Charles ‘Paul Kersey’ Bronson lost his family to muggers, normally peaceful citizens have been taken to the streets in films to dish out a helping of vigilante justice. This is one of those films.

Here we have a firefighter who witnesses a gangland hit and has to go into the witness protection scheme. Trouble is, the people he’s set to testify against find out where he’s hiding, therefore forcing him to ‘get them’ before they get him.

And it plays out as you might imagine (assuming you’ve seen any of the other hundred or so revenge movies). You may notice I’m not going into great detail about the storyline. That’s because there isn’t really much to give away in terms of plot. It’s just a revenge film. And it’s not that bad. It’s the sort of film you rent over buying and probably shouldn’t pay too much attention to the minor plot holes here and there.

I didn’t mind it and certainly didn’t think I’d wasted an hour and a half watching it. However, the thing I was hoping for was to see the firefighter using his firefighting skills to flambé his tormenters. In fact... I thought that was the whole point of the film, i.e. he uses what he knows to start fires with which to exact his revenge. As it turns out he just buys a gun and shoots them.

Oh, and Bruce Willis is in it, too. But then it was never released in the cinema and Bruce seems to have a clause in his contract that states he must never appear in a film that’s actually given a theatrical release.

Anyway, as I say, rent this before you buy. It’s not bad (especially for a straight-to-DVD movie), but could have been a little better.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 May 2015
"Fire With Fire" stars Josh Duhamel as Jeremy Coleman, a firefighter taken into protective custody when he witnesses a brutal murder, and agrees to testify against the killer. When the security of the witness protection programme is compromised and he is almost killed, Coleman decides "it's him or me" and goes after the killer himself, while a US marshal (Rosario Dawson) and a grizzled cop (Bruce Willis) struggle to contain the situation.
If this scenario sounds a bit predictable, that's because it is. Having said that, this a decent action film with plenty of thrills and spills, and an interesting and very likeable hero in Duhamel. It couldn't claim to be memorable, but it's a decent night in with beer and your feet up in front of the fire. Very much in the "you could do a lot worse" category.
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on 20 May 2013
In Long Beach, there is a turf war going on. Firefighter Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) is a witness to a murder and has been placed in the witness protection program where he falls in love with a US Marshall (Rosario Dawson). Bruce Willis plays local police chief Mike Cella who would like very much to see crime boss David Hagan (Vincent D'Onofrio) go to jail.

While in the program, the bad guys find out where Jeremy is located and threaten to kill everyone Jeremy knows and their family. Jeremy goes vigilante in order to save himself and everyone else. He also gives us overwhelming clues about the ending.

I liked the climax of the film, in spite of the fact I knew it was coming from 30 minutes into the film. The script was overly predictable and the dialouge wasn't moving. Vinnie Jones gives us a brief bad guy, and likewise 50 Cent wasn't on screen that long. I would have liked to have seen more of Willis in the film.

Might work as a 99 cent rental for some people. Not a keeper.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, implied sex scene, no nudity. Torture. Bullet holes in the head.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 9 April 2014
This curious little thriller has plenty to like about it. The premise is that of a fire fighter witnessing a killing whilst at the local store. He then goes into protective custody because the bad guy is well connected. It's fine in the main but it suffers from some stilted pacing and frequently moves up a gear, only to crumble in the scenes that follow. The first assassinatio,n attempt is a good example; it combines some really decent action with excellent cinematography, those rifle shots look great across the open field but the script then loses momentum giving way to a really flabby bit with the witness protection guys. Josh Duhamel is well scripted and makes an appealing lead. When his situation seems hopeless, he decides to take the fight to the bad guys and in doing so his character is called upon to do some extreme things. He's portrayed as being out of his depth at times, he's scripted as an everyman and not a superhero which lends to his appeal and gives him a sense of isolation. Vincent D'Onofrio puts in a really menacing turn, he's very good and his performance reminded me of his work in full metal jacket. In contrast, Bruce Willis is fast becoming the poor mans Bruce Willis! He phones in another bit part performance. Rosario Dawson makes an appealing love interest whilst bizarrely Vinnie Jones has a handful of lines as a token henchman. Staging the finale in a burning building was always gong to happen but it's done well. All things considered I enjoyed its lukewarm thrills.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 September 2013
Firefighter Jeremy Coleman's (Duhamel) life is turned upside down as he witnesses the gang shooting of the local seven eleven owner & his son, barley escaping with his own life, he is sent into witness protection. However the Aryan crime lord under the spot light, Hagan (D'Onofrio), is going to ensure he doesn't testify, by hurting Jeremy's friends & loved ones. Pushed to the edge, Jeremy who is a good guy & life saver, is about to go against his own code of ethics & take the law into his own hands.

Overall, Fire With Fire has a promising premise, and despite being on a low budget it does deliver a decent production. A few impressive action set pieces get the adrenaline going, but then it will lose pace & begin to drag in places. It was close to getting a recommendation, but sadly it just doesn't constantly deliver all the way through. It has many cliche's with the story & you can see most of it coming ahead of time, especially the inevitable finale & that oh so cheesy one liner. The lead character's personality turn of alignment was hard to believe him going from a firefighter to an assassin in such a short period of time that it just seemed like dumb luck that these experienced baddies would bumble & role over so easily in convenient ways. They did try to make this more realistic with Josh Duhmel constantly throwing up at every event, in some gory cases, warranted.

The acting was okay for the most part. Josh Duhmel (Transformers) blew hot & cold, he didn't appear believable with the action sequences, but that maybe the effect they were going for. However he was more adept at the emotional/romance side of things with the beautiful Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds), who was solid in her role, but like most of the cast wasn't used to they're best ability. Speaking of which, Bruce Willis (Die Hard) in the role of the cop who has beef with Hagan, was in a more reserved, behind his desk or just poking at crime scenes. Only showing his teeth in one tense scene with Vincent D'Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). D'Onofrio himself made the film more worthwhile viewing, his menacing, sadistic & calculating Aryan crime lord was deliciously played, made rooting for the good guys, no matter how average they are, text book. Other co-stars of brief note, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (The A-Team) , Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock ), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Kevin Dunn (Transformers) & 50 Cent (Get Rich Or Die Tryin) takes time from the production team for a cameo 'briefly' (thank you God).

In conclusion, Fire With Fire sadly doesn't utilize it's cast as best it could, with a paint by numbers/cliche story that eventually becomes run of the mill & nothing genre breaking or above average. It has some exciting action scenes sprinkled through, but it's poorly paced in areas that it begins to lose your interest quickly when it takes time to slow down. Worth a watch.
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on 28 June 2014
Very predictable! Annoying soundtracks playing in the background almost the entire movie, even when they are talking! The ending was so dumb...I mean you have to be pretty stupid to walk into a building flooded with fuel, right?. And the final scene when he says "trust me, do exactly as I say and you will stay alive" Then picks her up and walks out the building?? Just very poor monotonous script and an extremely annoying movie. Will suit some I guess..
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on 3 December 2015
Watchable, but I would have preferred Bruce Willis to be the main hero. The fireman is a bit wimpy, then reverts to being psychopathic in parts, then back to wimpy. Without spoiling the ending, I got a bit irritated by all the OTT romance stuff as it was a bit cheesy. What irritated me the most though was said fireman, being totally unprofessional, entering the burning building with his helmet and breathing apparatus on, then promptly taking his breathing mask off and then a few moments later, losing his helmet too. What trained fireman does something so ridiculous? Oh, yes, I almost (didn't) forget, it's the movies and they want the audience to see his face. His girlfriend in the end had more hutzpah than the bloke. It was a watchable movie though, but not a great one. Right at the end, prepare for the cheesy one-liner too, as if that couldn't be foreseen coming...
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 August 2015
A bit of a lukewarm thriller which was quite predictable all the way through. A firefighter witnesses a crime and goes into witness protection, his identity is compromised and the "baddies" threaten him and everyone he has ever known or is ever likely to know with a fate worse than death if he testifies.

Of course our hero must step up to the plate and destroy the "baddies" before they can hatch their dastardly plot to kill him. Some minor twists to the plot but fairly predictable. The end scenes in the burning building are the best part of the movie.
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on 27 December 2015
I'll keep it short.

The plot was predictable, the script was unimaginative, 50 Cent was cast in this movie (enough said there).

The scenes didn't lead into one another and it felt like we had missed large parts of the movie as a result.

The ending left us wanting and all in all it was a disappointment. Even if you're after an easy watch action movie, this fails to deliver.
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