Empire (Australasia) - - On Screen -

OUT 30 NOVEM­BER / RATED M / 133 MINS DI­REC­TOR Joseph Kosin­ski

CAST Josh Brolin, Jen­nifer Con­nelly, Jeff Bridges, Andie Macdow­ell, James Badge Dale, Miles Teller, Tay­lor Kitsch

DI­REC­TOR JOSEPH KOSIN­SKI has dab­bled in vir­tual re­al­i­ties ( Tron: Le­gacy) and alien waste­lands ( Obliv­ion), so it’s cu­ri­ous his third di­rec­to­rial ef­fort is a down-to-earth tale of hero­ism that feels more Life­time than Syfy. Telling the true story of an Ari­zona fire­fight­ing crew, much time is spent on the va­garies of fire­fighter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and the strains that such a job takes on home life; less time is spent wit­ness­ing the ac­tual fire­fight­ing. The men are chest­bump­ing bros, the women merely fret­ting wives. Case in point: while her hus­band tack­les a blaze, Jen­nifer Con­nelly is left to sponge­bath a horse. So while it has a great cast, they are largely wasted. JN

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