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Only the Brave

There have been a myriad of movies about fire-fighters and their bravery. Even if you’ve seen most of them, they still show their determined courage in saving lives. That’s why such films have been so gripping as they are true-life tales of humanity at their finest. ‘Only the Brave’ continues in this style with an engrossing story. Based on true events, its authenticity effectively highlights how those fighting deadly blazes warrant our unending admiration.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots are an elite group of fire-fighters ready to serve. Among the team are Eric (Josh Brolin), Brendan (Miles Teller) and Jesse (James Badge Dale). A highly skilled group whose experience is needed with a cataclysmic fire erupts. Tackling a blaze at Yarnell Hill Arizona, they encounter obstacles at every turn. Fighting to protect citizens in its path, the fire-fighters use every arsenal at their disposal to extinguish the destructive flames.

Solidly directed by Joseph Kosinski, ‘Only the Brave’ is a compelling look at teamwork. As the title suggests, bravery plays a huge role in how the characters deal with the fiery fury they face daily. Whilst no one character dominates the narrative, Eric and Brendan’s journey in discovering how their dangerous profession affects their lives and others is interesting. Their interaction with their significant others force them to face their demons and press ahead with new horizons.

‘Only the Brave’ really comes into its own with the CGI and consistently excellent performances. Everything feels very real with the actors grounding their roles without melodrama. It’s incredible to think these events happened with the screenplay taking its time to establish the people who unselfishly put their lives on the line. The special effects are top notch with the techniques used to tackle the shocking blazes just as captivating to watch as the personal dramas.

The sacrifices fire-fighters make on our behalf is starkly told in ‘Only the Brave’. Living each day as if it may be their last, their commitment to our safety comes across well through the script. These movies always have an audience with this companion piece to similar films deserving of finding a viewership of its own.

Rating out of 10: 8

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