This great film is based on a true story about the Prescott Fire Department Type 1 firefighters, or more commonly known as “Hotshots”. Only the brave is a movie about commitment to the noble profession of firefighting that also shows us what a real hero is made of. Filmed in different locations across New Mexico and directed by Joseph Kosinski, Only the brave depicts the perils that involve the hard task of putting out wildfires as seen in the vast forests of the United States. The movie has beautiful photography and a deluxe cast that makes it a must-see that will keep you on the edge of your seat but it also has some very emotional scenes that provide a nice feeling to the movie.
Joseph Kosinski shows what a great visual director he is with some spectacular views from different perspectives. Having proved his talent with Tron Legacy, Kosinski consolidates himself with Only The Brave as one promising director. The talented Josh Brolin plays the main character, Superintendent Eric Marsh, a devoted firefighter and husband who knows wildfires like the palm of his hand and does an excellent work putting them out. However, his efforts are often limited by the fact that they are a type 2 fire crew and whenever a huge fire is blazing the type 1 or “Hotshots” are the ones who make the calls. Josh Brolin shares the spotlight with the beautiful Jennifer Connelly as his wife Amanda Marsh, and the legendary Jeff Bridges once again proves his worth as Duane Steinbrink, the man and friend behind Eric Marsh.
Another great and promising actor that we get to see is the natural Miles Teller, interpreting the meth addict Brendan McDonough, who is struggling to get on his feet and be a good father to his baby daughter. Teller’s performance deserves a special mention due to the natural talent that he shows with every role that he gets thrown at. Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) is a meth addict who just found out that his girlfriend is pregnant and after getting into some trouble, he realizes that he has to make a change if he wants to be a real father for his daughter. When McDonough looks for an opportunity in the Prescott Fire Department, he finds partners reluctant to work alongside a junkie. Nonetheless, Superintendent Marsh gives him a chance to prove his worth and become part of the first Granite Mountain Hotshots.
The rest of the crew is comprised by Jesse Steed (James Badge Dale), who is second in charge, Christopher MacKenzie (Taylor Kitsch), Travis Turbyfill (Geoff Stults), Andrew Ashcraft (Alex Russell), Wade Parker(Ben Hardy) and several other firefighters. The actress Andie MacDowell performs as Marvel Steinbrink, Duane’s wife, and as you can see, Only For the Brave has a deluxe cast with a very talented director that know how to portray such a moving and inspiring movie with an emotional twist and beautiful locations.
Most of the times, we only see how the great disasters happen but we don’t get to see the men and women that keep us safe whenever a catastrophe strikes. The firefighters are often forgotten by us but this kind of movie reminds us of the heroes that keep us safe whenever disaster strikes. A movie worth watching that will keep you entertained, with a great true story about real heroes just doing their jobs.