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Only the Brave (2017)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 20 October 2017 (USA)
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Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

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Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

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It's Not What Stands In Front Of You, It's Who Stands Beside You

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Hold the Light
Written by Joseph Trapanese, Sean Carey, Dierks Bentley, and Jon Randall
Performed by Dierks Bentley featuring Sean Carey (as S. Carey)
Produced by Ross Copperman and Joseph Trapanese
Mixed by F. Reid Shippen at Robot Lemon, Nashville, TN
Recorded by F. Reid Shippen and Zach Hanson
Recorded at Southern Ground, Nashville, TN and April Base Studios, Fall Creek, WI
Strings Recorded by Nick Spezia at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN
Additional Recording by Brian N. Joseph (as Brian Joseph) at Hive, Eau Claire, WI
Pedal Steel Guitar - Ben Lester
Lap Steel - Ben Helson
Acoustic Guitar - Ben Helson, Jon Randall
Fiddle - Dan Hochhalter
Upright Bass - Jeremy Boettcher
Electric Bass - Jon Randall
Percussion - Sean Carey
Piano and Synths - Sean Carey, Joseph Trapanese
Keyboards - Jeff Roach
Orchestra Leader and Contractor - Alan Umstead
Strings Arranged and Conducted by Joseph Trapanese
Dierks Bentley appears courtesy of Capitol Records
S.Carey appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar
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Super depiction of actual fire fighting.
19 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"If this isn't the greatest job in the world, I don't know what is!" Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin)

True to its title, Only the Brave depicts with authentic-seeming imitation, the hell of fire encountered in numerous fire fights, the most famous being the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire in which 19 firefighters died. When Director Joseph Kosinski, an expert in action filming, dramatizes the rigorous routine of the fighters, with the help of first-rate CGI, you seem to be right there in the midst of the flames.

Like many films about war, this docudrama takes pains to reveal the domestic tensions with wives waiting for fighters or to become pregnant or to take care of the children. All of this is to say, one could become impatient with the non-essential melodrama as the real interest is in the mechanics of fighting.

Of course, some domestic story is necessary to humanize the heroic firefighters. However, this film seems to take too much time fleshing out the details of loves and family that take second place to the fires. It's the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, from Prescott, Arizona, who are the stars as they fight heroically without complaint.

Given the current fires raging in California, Only the Brave is timely if nothing else. It will help put into perspective the danger and valor of the firefighters; it will also dwell unnecessarily on the non firefighting.

All but one of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots do not come home from the Yarnell fire. We are better able because of this film to appreciate the danger of their jobs and the longing of their families. If you want an up close look at how these heroes fight fires, this is the film for you. Certifiable heroes they are.

"I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine." Kurt Vonnegut


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