Movie: “The Bravest” aka “Lie Huo Ying Xiong”
Studio: Bona Film Group/Asia-Pacific Chinese Film Pictures Company
I have a habit of going to watch international movies not knowing the plot or anything about it. Sometimes, I don’t even see the movie poster or any advertisement for it. In this case, I decided to watch this movie not knowing what language it was in or where it’s from. I thought I’d give this movie a try to see if I would like it or not.
A disgraced firefighter is brought back to action after being discharged and must team with his old unit along with many other local firefighters to put out a fire after a pipeline at an oil refinery exploded. If they don’t, then it can cause mass destruction and kill many people in the nearby cities in China. They find out that it’ll be a lot harder than it seems to not only contain the fire, but also to eliminate it.
It was pretty cool to see a dramatic movie with lots of action but without martial arts or weapons like swords and guns. The story was pretty easy to get and nothing got lost in translation. They kept many of the key characters to a limit which helped avoid confusion. I felt like it was its own movie and wasn’t trying to be “Backdraft” or any other firefighter movie.
For a two hour long movie, it felt extremely longer than advertised. I felt that they stretched it out a bit way too much and they could have eliminated 10-20 minutes of it.
Although China is now a leader in worldwide cinema, they’re still behind in terms of special effects because some of it looked a bit cheesy as if it was from a low budget studio even though it wasn’t the case.
I’d say it’s an average movie or at best, a B level movie. It was a decent movie with some over the top action. The common sense in me kicked in wondering why they didn’t use specific firefighter techniques to at least contain the fires. I’m not saying I’m an expert in the craft of fighting fires, but there are some things we all know without spoiling key plot points of the movie. I think it’s a good movie for streaming, but it’s definitely not worth going to the movie theater and shelling out full movie ticket prices.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic