Looking for a bit western, a bit survival game and a bit titular action? Lin Oeding’s Braven is your right choice. Quite so impressive is the fact this is his first attempt at movie directing. The former stunt director has switched tables and we’re impressed by this action thriller so far. Little wonder, Rotten tomatoes gives it a 75%(extremely bright for a newcomer). 83% of google users love this movie.
Jason Momoa plays the role of Joe Braven, the world toughest man. Unlike roles he has played in Games of Throne or even The Justice league, he is not a king neither a superhero conjuring the power of the body waters. He is your regular guy trying to make a good living for himself, faced with his own of problem. He owns a logging company somewhere in Newfoundland, Canada. He has a family he has to cater for. With a family of 3, Joe has more than enough to deal with his father who suffers from dementia after falling from a helicopter (he threw a jibe at his son of this).
The whole movies centers round Joe Braven trying to protect his father and daughter from a mess one of his employee, Wenston (he drives Joe truck), got him into. Weston helps Haslett, a drug trafficker, carry his drugs to a pre-agreed location. Things get out of hand when Weston loses control of the car and crashes. With the location of the crash not so for from Joe’s cabin, Wenston and Hallett keep the stash at the cabin.
Meanwhile, the same night, Linden (Joe’s father) gets into trouble at a bar and his son intervenes. His wife advises him to take his dad to the cabin for discussion on getting help for him. Here’s my first issue with the movie; why did it have to happen the same night cocaine were stashed in the cabin? Coincidence, right? Anyways, Linden spends the night at a hospital after been beaten at the bar. The scene draws our attention to human unreasonable behavior, why on earth would raise your hands on a 65 years old man? The human’s desire to see violence and discord is evident in the bar owner who despite been aware of Linden’s health trouble did nothing but call his son who was a distance away.
Charlotte, Joe’s daughter begs to come along with the pair of her father and grandfather which her mother didn’t approve of. Charlotte, not wavered by her determination to go along, sneaks to the car and get stowed away to the cabin. Discussion between father and son gets sour. Son discovers cocaine, pondering how it got into the cabin. The family gets rounded up by the employer, ruthless, deceptively polite and deadly Dilahunt. He once shot one of his own to make a point.
The Braven’s find themselves in a difficult situation as they are found in a struggle to save themselves. Armed with just a rifle, axes, arrows and red hot fireplace poker, the race to survival begins. Ideally faced with goons carrying guns (sophisticated and modern), the Braven has no possible outcome other than to drop the stash or get killed. However, the movie emulates the standards of Quality, a better virtue than quantity. With Linden demonstrating well-honed shooting skills, Joe playing a genius and always playing tricks on each different trackers, the Braven pulled off the better team.
Joe’s wife gets a distress call from the daughter and informs the police. She showed mastery over the use of the crossbow: a skill shown by husband in earlier scenes.
It’s safe to say seeing Jason Momoa in this shape before his standalone movie, Aquaman, is a pleasure. Playing the role of a relatable man might have seemed far-fetched for Jason, but he did prove us wrong.