“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.”
In Planes: Fire & Rescue we meet up with some of our good friends from Planes. The movie centers around Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) and the trials and tribulations he goes through when his gear box breaks and he is basically told to take it easy. They send him to talk with the Piston Peak Air Attack team and basically put him out to pasture in a sense . Here we meet new characters like Dipper (Julie Bowen) who immediately starts flirting with him, Blade Ranger who is the leader, Windlifter, and Mayday, a fire truck who is a little past his prime.
Here Dusty learns how to fight forest fires and of course the mother of all fires breaks out and Dusty is pushed to the limit as far as how hard he can go because of his injury. The visual images of the fire is amazing, and very life-like. They did an amazing job replicating how real forest fires look, and you definitely felt the urgency while they were putting it out as it spread.
The story-line is great, as are the new characters and the few old ones that we do get to see lends to the film by connecting the two movies. I also loved the attention to detail they put into this film, they really captured what it would be like to fight fires, and it becomes a great tribute to those who risk their lives if real life.
My favorite part was a little scene where there was a throw-back to a well-known 70’s/80’s TV show. I won’t give it away, but if you were around then, you are gonna love this little nod.
Your children are going to love this film, it’s funny, light-hearted, emotional, and action packed. Parents will love the subtle jokes and scenes that are meant just for them, making this a great film for the entire family!
PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE opens in theaters TODAY July 18, 2014!
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