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Fire With Fire Movie Review

Title: Fire With Fire

Director: David Barrett

Starring: Josh Duhamel, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, 50 Cent, Julian McMahon, Vinnie Jones.

Fire with Fire,’  besides being the first single taken from American pop band Scissor Sisters’ third album, ‘Night Work,’ marks David Barrett’s attempt to switch from directing Television series to movies.

The story is very banal and boring: a fireman takes an unexpected course of action when a man whom he’s been ordered to testify against, after being held up at a local convenience store, threatens him. Many stars feature in the dull action revenge flick, Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio and Julian McMahon. 50 Cent’s cameo is kept to a bare minimum, while moments of real tension and honest grit find their way in too.

The acclaimed director of  successful series such as ‘The Mentalist,’ ‘Castle’ and ‘Once Upon A Time’ has failed to create an enthralling and original action movie, out of the dreary and soporific screenplay written by Tom O’Connor. In ‘Fire With Fire,’ one can easily perceive Barrett’s background as stuntman, since the protagonist is caught up in a series of acrobatic action scenes, completely preposterous in relation to the plot. The entire film becomes an action B-movie, since Barrett treats every detail with a widespread over-dramatisation to engage the audience.

Technical: B

Acting: B

Story: F

Overall: D

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Fire With Fire Movie Review

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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