|Directed by||:||Joseph Kosinski||Produced by||:||Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill||Starring||:||Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale||Production company||:||Di Bonaventura Pictures, Condé Nast Entertainment||Country||:||United States|
Though somewhat uneven at times Joseph Kosinksi's Only the Brave is one of the most respectful and emotionally compelling true story films in recent memory.
There are few American heroes more beloved than firefighters, but many people often focus on those who battle structure blazes and fail to discuss the exploits of the men and women who take on wildfires. It's a dangerous and grueling profession, and few have ever given up more in the line of duty than the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Joseph Kosinksi's Only the Brave tells the heartbreaking true story of the twenty firefighters who walked into Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013, and the result is a profoundly respectful (albeit sometimes uneven) movie that could quickly become one of 2017's biggest tearjerkers.
Framed almost like a war movie, Only the Brave instantly introduces us to the relationship these men have with fire. Opening on Prescott, Arizona firefighter Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin), the film focuses on him and his crew as they train to become "Hotshots," essentially the best of the best in the world of firefighters. Meanwhile, we're also introduced to Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller), a young drug addict forced to turn his life around. As the film progresses, we follow Brendan as he trains with the Hotshots and grows to become accepted as part of their family -- until they one day receive a call to battle a seemingly untamable fire.