On June 28, 2013, near the town of Yarnell, Arizona, a lightning strike started a brush fire that quickly got out of control. Among the firefighters called into action was a group from Prescott, Arizona, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group known for their skill in fighting fires. The fire continued to grow in size as firefighters fought to contain the blaze. Two days after the fire broke out, on June 30, the Granite Mountain Hotshots found themselves surrounded by the flames with any escape route cutoff. 19 firefighters from their unit who had responded were trapped and overrun by the fire.
Director Joseph Kosinski directed the film from a script by Sean Flynn and Ken Nolan which was adapted from Flynn’s GQ article, “No Exit.”
Among others, the film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, and Jeff Bridges.
The film’s opening weekend totals just topped 6 million. RottenTomatoes critics gave the film a score of 90, while audiences on the site came in with an even better rating of 93.
Only the Brave runs 2 hours 14 minutes and is rated PG-13.