Only the Brave (2017)

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Most people run away from danger but this is the true story of 20 men who made their living by racing towards it. Dubbed the Granite Mountain Hotshots, this team of close-knit firefighters rose to an elite status for their expert ability to tame out-of-control wildfires.

It begins in a position most of us have been in at some point in our life, with a person who just needs a chance. The fire chief, Eric Marsh, sees himself in Brendan McDonough, a struggling, recovering addict seeking employment. The perspective of the film shifts back and forth between these two men, one at the top and one scraping himself off the bottom.

What struck me most about this film is the extent the producers went to to portray all 20 firefighters as authentically as possible. They conducted interviews with family members to grasp the personalities of each man and that character depth shines through in this movie about hope, sacrifice, determination, love and family. Above all else, the producers strove to tell this story for these firefighters, to do right by them and to make the world aware of the men who lived everyday a hero.

“Yeah, well, you got to ask yourself, “What can I live with and what can I die without? You know what I mean?” Duane Steinbrink
Located in DVDs (DVD ONLY)

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