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Caught it on Netflix Instant - Duhamel is charming and given more of a chance to shine than he's usually given (I like the running gag about him throwing up). Dawson is likable and gorgeous as always - her early scenes with Duhamel have a sexy chemistry and good character building. D'onofrio makes for a memorable over-the-top bad guy.
But after an almost perfect first act (capped with that great scene with Julian McMahon and his hitman buddy), it keeps losing steam. And I honestly thought I missed a scene as to what led to the final battle. It's like they knew it had to revolve around the hero, the villains, and fire, but they had no idea how to get those elements in place. Still, it's worth a watch, especially for those first 30 minutes.
Oh yeah, Bruce does have one out of the ordinary scene where he's yelling on the phone, Pacino-style, but the rest feels like a typical disinterested late-period Bruce performance. And (SPOILER) the fact that his character doesn't participate in the finale is a bummer (but expected)
By the way, this may break the record for number of "Producers" (35 according to IMDB!!) I'm surprised Bruce isn't one of them but 50 Cent is.
PS - I gratuitously watched this on Instant in a double-bill with the other "Fire with Fire" - ie the teen one from the 80s with Virginia Madsen and Craig Sheffer. What starts as a sweet across-the-tracks love story with a great 80s prom dance scene also goes RIDICULOUSLY off the rails. The last 20 minutes, which suddenly turns into an action movie, is one of the weirdest, most out of place endings I've ever seen in a movie.
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