All men are created equal...then, a few become firefighters. 'Only the Brave', based on the True Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of firefighters that, through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect communities, become one of the most elite firefighting teams in America. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it - watching over lives and homes, and forging a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.
Due homage to 20 very brave men
- Only the Brave review by AS
A movie about heroes, men who daily put their lives on the line to protect others from the monster that is forest fire. No, this is not another cliché tale populated by Hollywood types pretending to be brave. This is a true story. The narrative is simple but compelling, with a couple of engaging sub-plots. The dialogue is sharp, the acting emotionally satisfying. The director strikes a perfect balance between the character-driven scenes and the action sequences, the latter of which are brilliantly photographed. It is worth stressing again that this is a true story, and if you aren't familiar with it, don't look it up before you see the movie: the ending will then have its full heart-wrenching impact, and will stay with you for a long time.
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Memorable firefighting movie
- Only the Brave review by Alphaville
A peculiar good/bad mixture of a film based on true events little known in the UK, and the less you know about them the better. We spend the first half of the film in cliché land getting to know the all-men crew who fight fires in the Arizona desert. It’s all bog-standard male bonding with lots of family drama and line dancing and ‘love you bro’ schamalz. And do they really have to feminize a fire and call it ‘bitch’?
The firefighting techniques and jargon are nevertheless fascinating, the scenery is gorgeous and plot is obviously building to a huge climax. Joseph Kosinski directs with a real sense of place and community and when the climactic fire fight arrives it packs a visceral punch. In fact its emotional power leaves such an indelible impression that it makes you re-evaluate everything you’ve been watching. A film of mixed merits but a wow of an ending.
The DVD also contains a number of interesting extras, including a moving film commentary by Kosinski and star Josh Brolin that adds to the film’s impact.