Only the Brave is a movie about firefighters who battle forest fires, and it sure seems to be about as generic as the title. It stars Josh Brolin and Miles Teller, and it hits all the predictable notes… at least in this first trailer.
See for yourself:
All men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.
Apparently, Granite Mountain Hotshots was the original title. And it is a badass title. But somewhere some suit thought that would be too confusing for audiences or some shit, so they added a dash of patriotism, and replaced Granite Mountain Hotshots with what sounds like an early 2000s Kevin Costner action movie title.
The cast here is amazing, really. Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, and Jennifer Connelly as the stock “distraught wife at home” character. The mysticism is interesting, and maybe Only the Brave will transcend its terrible title. We will see when it opens October 20.