Fire With Fire – Review

Josh Duhamel ("Jeremy Coleman") stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Fire with Fire.

Revenge has it’s own set of rules.

Josh Duhamel stars in Fire With Fire (2012) as Jeremy Coleman, a firefighter who witnesses a convenience store owner and his son being killed by the leader of a white supremacist gang in Long Beach, California. Director David Barrett managed to score big name stars for this feature film; however, the underlying story didn’t match the impressive list of actors in the film, and mainly relied on brutal action to act as filler for the rest of the film’s shortcomings.

Jeremy Coleman’s life took a deadly turn one night when visiting a local convenience store. An Ayran gang leader David Hagan (Vincent D’Onofrio) and two other members of his group demanded that the store owner turn over his property to them. He witnesses the killings and Jeremy escape just in time. Later, he helps the police identify Hagan as the killer. However, Hagan reveals to Jeremy that he knows his identity, where he lives, and addresses of all who surround him. Jeremy is then put into the witness protection program and watched over by US Marshall Talia Durham (Rosario Dawson). Before Hagan’s trial, the gang manages to track Jeremy down, and the former firefighter decides to take matters into his own hands.

Cameos with no action.

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson ("Emilio") and Josh Duhamel ("Jeremy Coleman") star in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Fire with Fire.

D’Onofrio is pretty convincing as a ruthless character, and gave the strongest acting performance in Fire With Fire. The film other stars–Duhamel and Dawson, engaged in standard romantic roles which only came across as annoying and reckless rather than as a sympathetic union. 50 Cent dropped in for a cameo appearance as the leader of the Eastside Crips, and Bruce Willis did what Bruce Willis does best–yell obscenities and kicked some ass, briefly.

Jeremry (Duhamel) and his vigilante justice ended up doing the very thing he didn’t want to happen–putting his friends in danger. The action in the film is slightly gruesome–paired with Duhamel’s character vomiting, quite often, at the sight of his revenge laden cruelties. This diminishes any tension buildup the scenes might have held.

Fire With Fire isn’t all out awesome. There is some good action in the film. Fans of the action film genre may want to check this one out.

Mediocre at best. 

Fire With Fire Special features include:

  • Commentary with director David Barrett and cinematographer Christoper Probst
  • Actors’ Commentary – Vincent D’Onofrio, Julian McMahon, James Lesure, and Eric Winter.
  • Behind the scenes with interviews
  • Extended interviews with cast and crew: Extended interviews with actors Josh Duhamel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Julian McMahon, Eric Winter, James Lesure and director David Barrett and producer Randall Emmett.
  • Trailer Gallery
  • Widescreen Presentation
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
  • Optional English and Spanish Subtitles

The special features are quite lengthy and may take over two hours to get through them in full. The interviews make up the bulk of the features, and insight into the concept of the film and script changes are given by various cast members and the director. It appears the cast were into the film and found the overall experience enjoyable and exciting. Fire With Fire shows in good quality and with clear, intense audio.

Fire With Fire
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
  • Poor

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Review Summary:

After witnessing the brutal murders of a convenience store owner and his son, firefighter, Jeremy Coleman (Duhamel) barely escapes with his life.

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