If for any reason you forgot how incredible of an actress Jennifer Connelly is, for that reason alone, you should watch this film. Also, don't expect to watch and not shed tears.
A group of Arizona-based wildfire firefighters have been working for 4 years to get from trainee to frontline "hotshot" status. Their superviser Eric is avoiding discussing the issue of children with wife Amanda. And new recruit (and ex-junkie) Brendan is doing his best to make the most of the chance he has been given as he strives to become the person his new daughter deserves.The trailer sells this as a well-made but fairly routine, and rather soapy, action/adventure and, as it gets under way, this is what is delivered to the audience. Anyone who has seen a few films acquires an unconscious appreciation of how films convey information, and this comes into play in a big way here: we are twice shown the drill whereby the guys climb into/under insulated bags to increase their chances of living through a sudden rush of conflagration - "Aha!" we say, "we can expect them to be doing that at the climax, then!" And, as our two main characters encounter significant personal issues towards the end, we say "So X helps Y to get under his bag in time, but loses his own life - how pitifully we can see them try to manipulate our emotions!"Yes, we all understand the grammar of films.There are two groups of people - those who have seen this film or who have read something about it, and those who haven't. If you are one of the second group, then don't do any more reading about this film, just go and see it. If you are one of the first group, then you will know why I said that.This is a film worth seeing, and seeing it completely cold will make it a remarkable experience for you.
Matthew D Booth
This my Friends is one hell of a movie. Definitely one of the best I've seen this year. The story of these Men is both inspiring and uplifting. The lead Actors Just KICK Butt in their roles Josh Brolin Jennifer Connelly Miles Teller Jeff Bridges Andie McDowell.......Highly Recommend ! Family Film but with some naughty Language. Bring Tissues
Great all the way, how the director made os feel almost as heart breaking and intense as a good war movie, but with fire fighters :) Woth the 2h30 run time !!