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-
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