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  • Summary: Burn is a look at firefighting as you’ve never seen it before. Detroit is burning. With vast stretches of forsaken buildings left as kindling, the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget crisis of epic proportions, this action-packed documentary takes us to the heart of a once-roaring industrial mecca to meet the men and women charged with saving a city that many have written off as dead. But BURN isn’t just about Detroit firefighters. It’s about all national first responders, whose budgets and pensions are on the chopping block. It’s about the people you hope will make it to your house when there’s a fire. (Area23a) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 8, 2012
    90
    For all the alarming statistics cited in the film, Burn is not a depressing movie. The firefighters interviewed are remarkably resilient men who talk enthusiastically about the adrenaline rush of their work. And the film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Nov 6, 2012
    88
    The endless scenes of burning buildings and macho posturing merely provide an action-driven context for the filmmakers to deal with more personal topics like loneliness and resiliency.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 6, 2012
    80
    Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristina Bravo
    Nov 6, 2012
    70
    In this lively and affecting documentary, filmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez show that Detroit is burning. Literally.

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