Phoenixville firefighter David Meadows Sr. said he saw the movie with his wife, son Dave and daughter-in-law Beth.
"I thought it was really good," said Meadows. "Of course, you had your scenes where they fought fires. To be honest, while it appeared that they could see what they were doing, when you're inside of a building during a fire, you can't see within a foot of your face. There is simply too much smoke to be able to see clearly.
"However, there were a few things I could relate to with this film, especially some of the initiations they put the rookie firefighter through. Overall, it's one of the better firefighter films ever made."
One firefighter who was impressed with "Ladder 49" was Chris Brignola, who said the film "was the best movie I've ever seen."
"It's one of the most realistic fire movies this side of 'Backdraft'," said Brignola.
Deputy Fire Chief Jim Gable said he went with a bunch of friends to see "Ladder 49" and enjoyed it.
"There were some scenes that really take you aback," said Gable. "Without giving anything away, some of the decisions that the fire chief made were ones I wouldn't want to make. Overall, it was an enjoyable movie that I'd recommend to anyone."
"Ladder 49" stars John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick and Morris Chestnut. Phoenix is Jack Morrison, a firefighter who's assigned to search and rescue. His new chief is Kennedy (Travolta), and other guys in the firehouse include Tommy (Chestnut) and Lenny (Patrick). Morrison becomes trapped in a fire, and takes the opportunity to look back over his life, career and marriage, while waiting for his company, Ladder 49, to rescue him. Barrett plays Morrison's wife Linda.
"Ladder 49" is rated PG-13 for intense fire and rescue situations, and for language. Running time is 1 hour, 55 minutes.
Show times for "Ladder 49" at the Regal Cinemas Marketplace 24, 180 Mill Road, Oaks, are: 11:40 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45, 2:25, 3:45, 4:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:15, 7:55, 9:20, 10:00, 10:35 p.m.