So last night i decided to throw on a movie while i did some work for some backgroung noise as i so often do. as i was skimming my movie titles deciding on what movie to watch i quickly stopped on a movie i really really like but always forget that it exists so i decided to watch it.
Now why when someone asks me for a good movie recommendation or something they should watch my mind never really goes to Ladder 49, in fact i generally don’t remember that movie exists most of the time. But every now and again something will spark my memory and i will sit back and watch it. and it is great. I don’t know what it is but there is just something really wonderful about this movie.
Lader 49 was released in 2004 and followers the journey of firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) as he matures into a seasoned veteran. Jack reaches a crossroads, as the sacrifices he’s made have put him in harm’s way countless times and has harmed his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a building. And is left to reflect on his life as he waits for rescue.
I nearly cry (I don’t because i am a man) every time i watch this movie. Joaquin’s performance is brilliant and you really feel the struggle he faces as he weighs the decisions in his life. As he sits and waits for rescue he has only the memories of his life. He sits in judgement of himself wondering if there was something he could have done better, and if he has done right by his family.
I’ve only actually watched this movie maybe 2 or 3 times because as i said i often forget about it. but every now and again I will be reminded of it or i will come across it in my library, toss it on the tv, grab a big bowl of buttery popcorn and sit back and enjoy. So I guess i’m going to call this my movie recommendation of the day. It is sure to not disappoint and it was a very riveting change (i have been talking about how movies haven’t been living up to hype these days). If you haven’t watched Ladder 49 your seriously missing out and should check it out.