Movie Review: “Only the Brave”

This movie is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of firefighters out of Prescott, Arizona. The story begins in 2008 when the team was trying to get certified as hotshots, an elite group of firefighters called on whenever wildfires happen across the U.S. This particular group was the only one based from a city. Five years later, they respond to a fire in Yarnell, Arizona. A combination of screw-ups and bad weather and a raging fire put them in danger. Josh Brolin stars as Eric Marsh, the supervisor of the group, and Miles Teller plays Brendan McDonough, the only survivor.

Dramatic and engaging, this film captures the danger of fighting wildfires and the dedication it takes to fight it. It’s similar to fighting a war and the results can often look the same. Devastation and misery follow. Families suffer. I understand that some of the scenes in the movie were created for the film, but the actual events of the Yarnell fire scene are true.

Great acting and computer graphics made me feel like I was in the fire with them, but thank goodness, I was safe in my seat at the theater.

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