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Ladder 49 follows a fireman (Phoenix), who gets caught in a burning factory that may be the last thing he will ever see. As he awaits either rescue or death, he thinks back to all of the good times he has had in life with his career and family. Most of the scenes revolve around him during his training days. Not all of the memories are great though. His demanding job often meant that he couldn't spend time with his wife and kids which caused tension in his marriage.
Movies that resemble things that have or could have happened tend to bore me. There are exceptions(The Queen and Letters from Iwo Jima come to mind), but those movies are few and far between. As you may have guessed, this film doesn't fall into that category. If the idea had been fleshed out a little more, and if it was less predictable, I could have given this a much higher score. You may not want to listen to me though. If this is your type of movie then I suggest you go see it because chances are that you'll enjoy yourself.