Only The Brave review: Joseph Kosinski directs this emotionally charged drama – a true story about the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
Only The Brave review by Tina Baraga.
A film about true determination and sacrifice, Joseph Kosinski’s Only The Brave is based on the tragic true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and is best described as an emotional rollercoaster.
The Granite Mountain Hotshots travel from state to state, battling wild fires and saving forests and towns from devastation. At the group’s helm is the experienced and cautious Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) whose sometimes-unorthodox decisions are best demonstrated when he takes a leap of faith and hires recovering junkie Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) to join the team.
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Over the course of three fire seasons, we get to know the Granite Mountain men and the camaraderie they share, be it at the frontline of a fire or helping a teammate cope with new-found fatherhood. It is when dealing with what should have been a standard procedure fire at Yarnell Hill, that the Granite Mountain Hotshots face their biggest challenge yet.
Written by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), the film is based on the GQ article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn. With a stellar ensemble including Jennifer Connelly as Eric’s wife Amanda Marsh and Jeff Bridges as Prescott’s wildland division chief Duane, the entire cast and crew have made this engrossing true story come to life in a expressively terrifying and poignant way.
Only The Brave is an exciting and mesmerising film, which will stay with you even when you leave the cinema, and is a sad yet beautiful tribute to the men who risked their lives in order to save others.
Only The Brave review by Tina Baraga, October 2017.
Only The Brave is released in UK cinemas on Friday 10th November 2017.