Planes: Fire & Rescue
Planes: Fire & Rescue (also known as Planes 2: Fire & Rescue) is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film.
Dusty (Dane Cook), the famous racing airplane, learns that his engine is damaged, so he must shift gears and find a new career. He joins an elite corps of firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park. When a massive wildfire threatens the park, Dusty -- with the help of his fearless colleagues Blade Ranger, Lil' Dipper (Julie Bowen), Windlifter, Cabbie and the Smokejumpers -- learns what it takes to become a real hero.
Why It Rocks
- It's a good improvement over the first one, especially since it ignores most of the events of the first film.
- Rather than being a race-style movie, the idea of a Planes film centering on a fire rescue movie is a creative idea, and makes it much less of a Cars rehash. And, unlike Cars 2, it fits the Cars universe since planes (and cars) put out fires.
- There are less stereotypes.
- Some funny scenes.
- The story isn't as rushed as the first film, as it has a proper structure this time around.
- Great animation, which is a pretty good step-up from the first film.
- Good voice acting.
- Awesome soundtrack.
- The story has a surprising amount of stakes, leading to some intense moments. Examples being Blade's crash and Dusty crashing and nearly dying from his gear box malfunction.
- The characters are still one-dimensional.
- Cad Spinner is a very unlikable antagonist, as he refuses to evacuate his lodge from a fire that could have killed hundreds and he didn't care about the fact that the fire fighters needed the water from the main pipe and instead uses it to turn on the lodges roof sprinklers.
- Plot Hole: Why couldn't Dusty tell Blade or the other firefighters that his gearbox is busted?
Despite Planes: Fire & Rescue received mixed reviews from critics and audience, it was improvement over its predecessor. The film currently holds a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 93 reviews, with the consensus reading "Although it's too flat and formulaic to measure up against the best family-friendly fare, Planes: Fire and Rescue is a passable diversion for much younger viewers.".
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