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'Only the Brave' – An epic story of courage


Last updated 11/17/2017 at Noon

Ian Murdock

Special to the Village News

Based on a harrowing true story, and set in beautiful Prescott, Ariz., "Only the Brave" is a gritty and deeply moving film. With jaw-dropping performances by the main stars – Josh Brolin, Miles Teller (Whiplash), Jennifer Connolly and Jeff Bridges – this story lays out the inspirational tale of a group of firefighters and their personal lives and family. Each of these actors renders equally riveting performances.

While there was a tad bit of confusion regarding one character early on, this unknown was quickly woven into the plot. From that point forward, the writer seamlessly moves back and forth from nail biting and heroic scenes of courage, to everyday personal family issues that many can relate to – especially those who have family in a profession of this nature.

Like most of the films I enjoy, "Only the Brave" delivers significant character substance, along with emotionally complicated and challenging life conflicts – a recipe that leaves the viewer not only awestruck, but inspired.

Breathtaking cinematography adds to the many powerful aspects of this film, juxtaposing nature’s beauty with its scary force.

There have been very few dramatic films of interest over the past several months, so it was wonderful to see this film. First and foremost, the utmost respect goes out to all those in the firefighting profession – your courage and spirit is greatly admired and appreciated.

If you want to watch a gut wrenching and edgy film, mixed with some hysterically humorous moments and filled with raw acting performances, then this is the story for you. "Only the Brave" is a thrilling tale on multiple fronts, and should not be missed.


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