December 10, 2012
Informative, touching, and frightening.
This documentary tells the story of the Detroit Fire Department and the problems they face from a decreasing budget and an increasingly decaying city. It's family friendly, but it won't appeal to kids under 10 or 12 years old or so.
Always consider the source; Denis Leary was Executive Producer, and he has family ties and strong sympathy for firefighters. Therefore, you won't find balance, or equal amounts of information on both sides of the budget equation, or on both sides of the tension between Dept. vs. City, either. What you will find, though, is an intimate portrait of individual firefighters, simple yet complicated, brave yet fully aware of the risks involved in their chosen profession.
It's a well-done movie, and the fact that it also raises funds for local firefighter charity continues the pull on the heartstrings. It's a frightening picture, and it should be seen by anyone who has a personal stake, however great or small, in what's happening in the City of Detroit.
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