Fire With Fire

2012

Fire With Fire

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A firefighter who witnessed a deadly convenience store robbery enters the Witness Protection program, but is forced out of hiding after being targeted for death by the racist crime boss who's determined to see him dead. Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) was just finishing a long day of work when he ducked into the store for a few beers. Little did he realize his life was about to be changed forever. In the blink of an eye, ruthless white supremacist Hagen (Vincent D'Onofrio) bursts into the store, and guns down the clerk in cold blood. Terrified, Jeremy makes a daring escape amidst a hail of gunfire. Later, Hagan is arrested and police detective Mike Cella (Bruce Willis) takes charge of the investigation. When Jeremy sits down to identify Hagen in the line-up, however, the sociopathic madman reveals that he knows everything about the "anonymous" witness behind the two-way mirror. As Hagan's trial approaches, Jeremy is forced to give up his job to be placed in the Witness Protection program. Meanwhile, he enters into a passionate romance with U.S. Marshal Talia Durham (Rosario Dawson). When Hagan's attorney succeeds in having his client released from prison just weeks before the trial, the killer's henchmen come gunning for Jeremy and Talia. The situation turns critical when Talia is mortally wounded, forcing Jeremy to flee for Long Beach, Ca. Once there, Jeremy realizes that his only hope for protecting Talia is to rally Hagan's enemies against him, and fight alongside them as they aim to take down the vengeful killer once and for all.

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Critic Reviews for Fire With Fire

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  • It looks like a dozen others of its kind and hasn't a smidgeon of distinction about it anywhere, except that Willis has given up his various wigs and thus looks more like his true grizzled self.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You need to see this like we need another closeup of a hole in the head.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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  • Violent, obnoxious and forgettable, Fire With Fire is an action shambles with some hilariously literal plotting.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • So tedious that it's not even aware of its own tediousness. Richard Schiff is a minor highlight as a morally challenged defence attorney, but ultimately, can do nothing more than polish an unmentionable.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Josh Duhamel fails to set the screen ablaze as a California firefighter who becomes an unlikely vigilante avenger in this very routine action thriller, but he gets no help from a damp squib of a script.

    Sep 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • If action B-movies are your thing then this is just about worth searching out.

    Mar 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fire With Fire

  • Aug 20, 2015
    Sometimes films can be entertaining, but for one reason or another are utterly forgettable. In the case of Fire With Fire, I enjoyed the film, but even a few weeks later, I had a difficult time remembering the plot. This is because once again we have an action film that is completely average in every way possible. It's a common story, with a lot of bullets, f words, and bodies, featuring a cast that was far from superb. Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) is a firefighter who witness a horrible crime. As a result, Coleman is put into the Witness Protection Program, which according to Hollywood is completely inept. Once found, Coleman and his significant other are forced to go on the run and ultimately decide to take the fight to their pursuers, with mixed results. This film was completely predictable and lacked any originality what so ever. Josh Duhamel stars and while he is a good looking, gigantic man, he's not much of an action star. He's lanky, awkward, and simply doesn't have the moves or personality to be believable as an action star. The Director tries to correct this by surrounding him with veteran action stars like Bruce Willis and Vincent D'Onofrio, but it is still painfully obvious that Duhamel got the role simply to be eye candy, further proven by the amount of times he unnecessarily takes his shirt off. As with all action films, Fire With Fire has it's moments, and Vincent D'Onofrio is always an entertaining villain, but aside from that, this film is good for nothing more than a 90 minute distraction, that you probably won't even remember it a few days later.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2015
    It may seem like just another cliche action flick but Fire With Fire is a well written action thriller that gives Josh Duhamel the acting credit he deserves. The film also has great casting with Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Julian McMahon, Vinnie Jones, and Rosario Dawson all playing great characters.
    Ian I Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2014
    Revenge has its own set of rules. Good Movie! The movie itself isn't anything new or amazing but it is actually pretty fast paced and keeps you interested and watching the entire time. The movie when you break it down is just another vigilante type revenge movie but again because it's so fast paced and entertaining you can't stop watching. Also Vincent D'Onofrio gives such a great performance in this that watching for just for him is almost enough to keep you till the end. Overall, this is a fast paced exciting action movie that is the perfect kind to just put in and veg out to. I liked it. After witnessing the brutal murders of a convenience store owner and his son; firefighter, Jeremy Coleman barely escapes with his life. As he is forced to testify against the crime lord, Hagan, he is placed in the witness protection program under the watch of the U.S. Marshals. As his new identity becomes compromised Jeremy is forced to take an unexpected course of action in order to get his life back and save the lives of those he loves.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
    Pretty good. D'Nofrio is over-the-top a lot of the time, but Bruce WIllis helps to salvage the movie. The rest of the cast is pretty solid too.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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