DVD Review: Fire With Fire

A firefighter enters the witness protection program after narrowly avoiding death during a hate crime.  Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) witnesses the murders of a convenience store owner and his son in “Fire With Fire,” also starring Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Coleman is no match for the man who did the murders, a white supremacist (D’Onofrio), who during a police line-up steps forward and names the witness and even his social security number, knowing he’s standing behind the one-way glass.

“Fire With Fire” is a direct-to-video entertainment for many reasons.  The action is decent, but the story is lame.  In fact, it’s bizarre.

Some questions with the plot:  Why would a judge free an accused killer who intimidates a witness during a police line-up?  You know, these things are actually taped.  This white supremacist has had many brush-ups with the law and is accused of a brutal hate crime.  How does he get out on bail?  He’s not a shadowy figure.  He’s an avowed racist and leader of white nationalist gang in suburban Los Angeles.

Bruce Willis is mostly on the sidelines as a police detective, whose partner was killed by the suspect years ago.  When Coleman goes rogue, Willis’ job is to urge the ex-firefighter to turn himself back into the federal protection program, that killing racist murderers is a bad thing.

Bottom line, there is plenty of action.  But, this movie is as dumb as toast.  It might be worth a rental.  Grade: C-

Fast Facts:

Street Date:   November 6, 2012

Rated: R for strong violence, language and brief sexuality

Formats: Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download, On Demand and Pay-per-View

Extras:  audio commentaries, interviews