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ONLY THE BRAVE (12A)

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CINEMA -

When the go­ing gets tough, the tough stick to­gether in Joseph Kosin­ski’s flame-scorched drama, based on the true story of the Gran­ite Moun­tain Hot­shots, who lost their lives bat­tling a deadly 2013 wild­fire in Ari­zona.

In­spired by a mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle about this rough and ready, beer-chug­ging band of broth­ers, Only The Brave wears its pa­tri­otic heart on its Stars & Stripes-em­bla­zoned sleeve but also con­trives en­gag­ing hu­man drive away from the in­ferno. Im­pres­sive spe­cial ef­fects bring the wild­fires to life but it’s an en­sem­ble cast of award­win­ners who ef­fec­tively turn up the heat, led by Josh Brolin as the risk-tak­ing crew chief and Miles Teller as his self- de­struc­tive new re­cruit, who threat­ens to be­come the weak link in the Hot­shots’ ar­mour. Su­per­in­ten­dent Eric Marsh (Brolin) over­sees the dayto-day train­ing of mu­nic­i­pal fire­fight­ers in­clud­ing his right­hand man Jesse Steed (James Badge Dale) and Christopher Macken­zie (Tay­lor Kitsch). With the sup­port of Fire Chief Duane Stein­brink (Jeff

James Badge Dale as Jesse Steed, Josh Brolin as Eric Marsh and Ralph Al­der­man as eval­u­a­tor Hayes in Only The Brave

Bridges), Eric in­tends to se­cure “hot­shot” cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for his hard-work­ing crew, which would al­low them to ad­vance to the front line rather than al­ways clear­ing the path for other teams.

Only The Brave is a stir­ring ac­count of events lead­ing up to the crew’s fi­nal stand.

We root for the fire­fight­ers, even though we know the tragic out­come in ad­vance, and the cast puts flesh on to the char­ac­ters’ weary bones as lo­ca­tions go up in

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