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|Original title:||Only the Brave|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 134 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) fights with all his might for his 19-member team of firefighters to finally be recognized as a hotshot crew. Not only does this bring better pay, but it also allows Eric to make decisions that have been denied him until now. But with the support of his mentor Duane Steinbrink (Jeff Bridges) he manages to get the recognition for his men that they deserve. From now on, they fight on the front line against dangerous forest fires. The troop also includes the newbie Brandon "Donut" McDonough (Miles Teller), an ex-junkie who wants to become a better person for his newborn daughter. He succeeds in becoming part of this very special troupe - not knowing what dangers he got involved with…
"No Way Out - Against the Flames" tells the true story of the "Granite Mountain Hotshots", which made headlines not only in America in 2013. If you didn't notice this back then, you shouldn't google it now, but simply let this exciting drama have an effect on you. Joseph Kosinski ("TRON: Legacy") really did a first-class job of implementing this. Supported by a very strong ensemble, the film takes a lot of time to develop the characters and establish the dynamics within the team. Although there are some spectacular scenes in which the men fight against huge fires, the main focus is not on the resulting moments of tension, but on the story of these men who risked everything to save many lives.
Sure, the whole thing is not completely free of clichés. When Josh Brolin looks thoughtfully towards a pillar of smoke and begins to talk with the fire, the viewer is already inclined to twist his eyes slightly annoyed. But even if an overdose of pathos is used, the movie works really well in the end. He establishes an emotional bond between the viewer and the characters of the story, so that the dramatic last act can fully unfold its power.
Although "No Way Out - Against the Flames" tells a typical American heroic story and many things follow a familiar pattern, the film is never boring. The good actors, the concentration on the people behind the events of June 28, 2013 and last but not least the visually really great realization make this drama a good movie, that not only offers first class entertainment, but is also very respectful towards the real "Granite Mountain Hotshots". A bit too long, but still: Absolutely worth seeing!
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