Wednesday, November 1, 2017

[Review] Only the Brave

Based on the true story of an elite firefighting crew called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Only the Brave is a high-stakes film that burns with intensity and emotion.

Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, James Badge Dale, and Taylor Kitsch play the rugged crew of firefighters who bust their butts to ward off treacherous flames in the hilly forests outside of Prescott, Arizona.

The film carries the same gritty, rah-rah spirit that you'd witness in a recent Peter Berg film (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon). Director Joseph Kosinski makes sure to pull us into the heart of the dangers and dilemmas -- the obvious ones, as well as the ones we might not think about.

The special attention to character development here gives the action extra weight. Brolin's character is so full of pride and love for his crew and he's hellbent on saving lives, but deep down there's something about his profession that's eating away at him. Then there's Teller's well-played slacker, who joins the force to steer away from his drug addiction and to support the surprise newborn daughter in his life. A commanding Jeff Bridges even swoops in to deliver one of the film's best lines: "The only place you'll find sympathy here is in the dictionary...somewhere between 'shit' and 'syphilis'." Thankfully, there's a nice amount of humor in the script to balance out the heat.

Only the Brave is all about dirt, sweat, hard work, and camaraderie. It's a hard-hitting tale that is as inspiring as it is devastatingly tragic.

( 8/10 )

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1 comment:

  1. The men chisel and saw into the timber martyrs in hopes of establishing a unmovable Line. A miniature trench forms in the loose soil, and brush is doused with liquid fire . The wildfire has reached the checkered flag, and these men will have the best seats on the track.
    Superintendent Marsh has been chasing the flames since before his crew’s existence. A man that has surrendered all ambitions of fatherhood, now the great father figure of a rowdy pack of men. > Reviews Only the Brave His wife, Amanda, has signed a contract with him, and together they pursue their respective work with insatiable vigor.
    Marsh’s ultimate goal is to become Hot Shot certified. His would be the first municipal crew to achieve this accreditation, and many risks have been made to open the door. His intuition trumps protocol, and his superiors stubbornly acknowledge his genius.

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