Review Only the Brave (2017) – Only The Brave Exalts Modern-Day Heroes – Only the Brave is a true tale of heroism about the Granite Mountain Hotshots who battled some of Arizona’s largest and deadliest wildfires. This 2017 tearjerker, directed by Joseph Kosinski, stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, and Jeff Bridges.
Review Only the Brave (2017)
In this riveting biopic, a firefighting skycrane siphons water from a neighborhood pool as Eric “Bear” Marsh (Brolin), the fire chief, gathers his team to extinguish a blaze at the Cave Creek complex. Although he exudes bravery and strength, Marsh is haunted by demons and visions which plague him throughout the film.
After Marsh recruits a petty thief named Brendan “Donut” McDonough (Teller), the second-rate crew forge a brotherhood as they morph into a band of elite firefighters with notoriety and fame.
Brave is based on the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire, which burned through 8,300 acres of land in two days, but the breathtaking panorama and compelling drama were not enough to nudge this film above a 3.5 out of 5 stars. The dialogue lacked emotion in a few of the pressing scenes, and the abrupt ending left copious questions about the aftermath of death and tragedy.
Jennifer Connelly delivers a stirring performance as Marsh’s dutiful wife, the compassionate horse whisperer. Duane Steinbrink, the wildland supervisor played by Jeff Bridges, mentors Marsh and his team. Taylor Kitsch portrays Chris MacKenzie, a veteran team member who hazed the rookies during initiation.
Brave relays the story of the Arizona Hotshots, a band of front line firefighters, determined to safeguard their community. It exemplifies that rare combination of courage and passion that goes beyond duty. A bear engulfed in flames, running through a blazing inferno, serves as a dramatic opener and heralds the poignant conclusion.
This Columbia picture, written by Ken Nolan and Eric Singer, co-stars Alex Russell, Andie MacDowell, and Natalie Hall. With a $38 million budget, Brave premiered in theaters October 20, 2017 and grossed $23 million worldwide. On opening weekend the film landed in sixth place behind Geostorm and Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Only The Brave is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. For the hottest reviews and latest headlines, visit the igloo at TV Eskimo.
Review Only the Brave (2017) characters and cast include:
Eric Marsh – Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice, Everest, No Country for Old Men, True Grit, American Gangster, Sicario)
Brendan McDonough – Miles Teller (Insurgent, Whiplash, Fantastic Four, The Spectacular Now)
Duane Steinbrink – Jeff Bridges (True Grit, Hell or High Water, The Big Lebowski, Seabiscuit, Crazy Heart, Starman, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Morning After, TRON)
Amanda Marsh – Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream, Noah, House of Sand and Fog, Blood Diamond, Labyrinth)
Jesse Steed – James Badge Dale (The Departed, World War Z, 13 Hours, Miss Meadows, Rubicon, Flight)
Christopher MacKenzie – Taylor Kitsch (Waco, Friday Night Lights, John Carter, Battleship, True Detective, Bling)
Marvel Steinbrink – Andie MacDowell (Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Groundhog Day, Unstrung Heroes, Michael)
Travis Turbyfill – Geoff Stults (Wedding Crashers, Zoo, J. Edgar, The Break-Up, She’s Out of My League)
Andrew Ashcraft – Alex Russell (The Host, Carrie, Chronicle, The Host)
Scott Norris – Thad Luckinbill (Just Married, Sicario, La La Land, The Young & the Restless, Nikita, 12 Strong)
Wade Parker – Ben Hardy (The Woman in White, EastEnders, X-Men: Apocalypse, Mary Shelley)
Clayton Whitted – Scott Haze (Child of God, Mully, Thank You for Your Service, Kill the Czar)