Movie Review - Only the Brave
When looking from the top of a hill onto the great expanse of Arizona forest and brush, Eric "Supe" Marsh (Josh Brolin) describes the natural beauty as "Fuel". Arizona is hot, dry and vast. Cloud to ground lightning strikes often cause wildfires that, left uncontrolled, will eventually overrun a populated area, threatening the lives of its residents. The only hope of containing a wildfire rests in the hands of the first responders. Hotshots are an elite crew of firefighters that are specially trained in working the more intense fires. (Think the Navy Seals of firemen) Only the Brave tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Arizona during the 2013 fire season, which includes the infamous Yarnell Hill Fire.
Based on true events, Only the Brave does a lot right; though it follows familiar ensemble trappings. We're introduced our group of flawed heroes. All are in different points in life, with different dreams, goals and aspirations. Bonded by their call to serve, the Granite Mountain Hotshots truly feel like a band of brothers. This movie largely reminds me of another recent ensemble, disaster film that I liked; Deepwater Horizon (2016).
Blending practical effects with CGI fluidly, Only the Brave is an immersive experience that is perfect for IMAX cameras. One of the truly rare films that is worth the upcharge.
Rated: PG-13 @ 133 mins
NOTE: In IMAX Where available