Joe Braven (Jason Momoa) is a manager and owner of a wood logging company. He comes home from work to his wife, daughter and his father, who lives with his family. We discover that Joe’s father has dementia and is struggling to accept it. Joe decides to take his father to his nearby family cabin in the woods where he can discuss his father’s situation further in private, but also take the time out together as father and son.
After settling into the cabin, Joe and his father discover drugs hidden in the cabin, and a group of men arrive at his front door seeking it (one of them also works with Joe…). Joe has just walked into a drug operation that now requires him to stand up and defend his father and his family.
Braven is a B Grade film given the style and quality. I go as far as to say that at times it even felt like an excellent old midday movie, or direct to digital. Nevertheless, Braven is brainless fun.
Most movie lovers would have seen this type of film before. Our hero protects the ones he loves, and is up against a group of baddies with no phone and only a handful of weapons around him. The movie follows the typical cliche routine where the Baddies like to split up in different directions, which also allows our hero Braven to try and take out the enemies one by one.
The film’s most significant credit is Jason Momoa (aka Braven). As the lead star of the film, I found his character somewhat believable as a father and a protector of his family. Even some of the action stunts in this film are enjoyable and impressive. It’s the other characters surrounding him in this film that are the most significant weakness.
As for the film’s the action scenes, they’re okay, but simple shots such as a man walking down a street suffer from lengthy shots, and done with a cheap shaky- cam. Filming moments like these can be distracting, but then again, when you’re filming in snow… that is the challenge.
Overall, Braven is a B Grade which shows more positive factors than negative and more positives than many other films that produced today. The film’s biggest strength is the lead player Jason Momoa. Many action scenes by Jason are also fun and entertaining. The film’s surrounding characters, however, are a put-off, along with cliche. Braven is enjoyable, and even more so if you share it with the right group of friends in your movie room.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden