Burn (2012)

Burn is a character-driven documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroiters who are on the front lines, trying to rescue and rebuild it. -- (C) Official Site

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 2, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2014
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.

Simon Foster

Burn does some eulogising for a great nation that may never achieve that greatness again, but it also celebrates the spirit of community that built it up.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

Burn captures the danger (and, yes, excitement) of putting out blazes, as well as the futility of dousing flames in a city rife with arson-and the struggles to maintain adequate funding in a wrecked economy that hits the public sector hardest.

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Chris Knight
National Post

Burn, from directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, is a straight-up documentary about a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department. And what a year.

Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.

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Cynthia Fuchs

As powerful as Burn's images can be, the Detroit firefighters tell their own stories about what's important to them, their neighborhood connections, their family legacies, their pride in their fellows and in their community.

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