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½ August 13, 2018
Overall, Braven is a B Grade which shows more positive factors than negative and more positives than many other films being 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 entertaining, and even more so if you share it with the right group of friends in your movie room.

- Finesse Movie Reviews
July 28, 2018
Read the summary and add 1. Unnecessary foul language; 2. Slow start; 3. A subplot with Dad and his problems; 4. The bad guys are unnecessarily stupid; and, 5. Don't waste your time.
July 23, 2018
Braven, A film with unrealized promise


Khal Drogo's character in the Game of Thrones television series has a special place in many people's hearts as does Aquaman in DC universe films. A major reason is due to the bare chested Maori-tattooed giant of Jason Momoa. In fact, most individuals may have come to relate him to the role of the rugged outlier mystic hero/king as expressed in GOT and DC universe. So when he dons a very different cloth to play the Joe Braven in the movie Braven, it seems rather odd. Nonetheless, he plays it well, tardy at times but good enough to still hold the audience's attention.
In the film, Momoa plays the logger Braven a loving family man who has a doting daughter Charlotte (played by Sasha Rossof) with his wife Stephanie (Jill Wagner). Braven's father, Linden (Stephen Lang) struggles with dementia which strains his relationship with the son. In one of his manic episodes, Linden heads to the local bar and causes a ruckus after confusing a stranger for his long dead wife. When Braven comes to collect him from the bar, the issue degenerates into a full blown bar fight with the police having to fight leading to a brief arrest of Linden. Braven resolves to talk to his father about the need for specialized care. Once they get home, Braven preps for a son-father talk at a family cabin belonging to his father. However, two unexpected things happen to the father-son pair. The first one is the realization that Charlotte had hid in the back of the truck and ridden with them to the cabin.
Before Braven can drive Charlotte back home to her mother, he notices that they are being observed by individuals hiding in the woods. Unbeknown to them, a fellow logger who had been transporting some drugs for some ruthless operatives using logs as a cover had had an accident. He had taken the stash and hidden them inside Braven's often-unused cabin. The casing was being done by the individuals who thought that there was a plan by Braven and his father to take possession of the drugs. It is clear to Joe and his father that the operatives are not willing to leave any witnesses and so they pitch up for a fight and in their wake leave lots of dead bodies.
At first Braven attempts to save the situation by attempting to give out the drugs. Marooned in the house with a sickly father and a scared daughter it sees like the right thing. Then he sees his friend shot before his eyes and decides to act against the whole bunch of drug dealers. His father marks them and shoots at them giving Braven the chance to leave the compound and head to an outpost to seek for help using the emergency radio. The thugs split some following Braven other's remaining within in wait. In the ensuing drama, Braven's father is shot dead, but not before killing his own fair share of the dealer's crew. Meanwhile, Charlotte seeks help by serachng for a signal to contact the mother who in turn contacts the local sheriff's office. In the end a showdown between Braven and Kassen the main thug results in kassen being thrown off a cliff to his death.
Looking at the movie from beginning to the end one wouldn't help noticing the amount of raw action in the movie. There amount of gory in the film is meant to make a statement. Yet, there is something missing. The film lacks the coherence that make action drama films tick. First, of all the movie sequence is quite disjointed. At one point Braven is in the house the next minute he is out on a jet ski, another moment he is up the mountains running. The antagonist are also the most uncoordinated bunch. In fact, they are made to look like amateurs and not the heavy hitting drug operatives that they are supposed to be. Kassen (Garret Dillahunt), the main bad guy leaves a lot to be desired. When engages Braven in a battle of wits it seems that even for his lack of military and criminal acumen Braven is much smarter. The only time Kassen seems rabid is when he uses a diner table to hit someone who owes him.
The director, Lin Oeding undoubtedly had a good story line but failed in numerous places. The inclusion of Stephen Lang as a main supporting actor was supposed to aid in the film. It did and it may have been the only remarkable thing about the film. If this film required a reboot, then it would have to be chopped and re-fixed in very many places. Lacking in high tech visual effects it would qualify for a respected indie movie. Then again, other movies such as Virginie Besson-Silla's Lucy achieved a lot with much less. Thus said, Braven had a good story and a promise and that was all there was to it.
July 16, 2018
Fantastic! Action packed!
July 7, 2018
Striking visuals, a poignant depiction of the love of a son for his father, and some great MacGyver-esque prowess make Braven worth the watch.
½ July 5, 2018
This is a really good, solid action flick. It's not a blockbuster, but for it's budget it's good. I did think that with all the cold weather Momoa wouldn't get his shirt off, but don't worry, they made it happen.
½ July 4, 2018
Jason Momoa was good enough, the bad men were convincing enough but the story was totally ridiculous. So you would rather allow someone to get close enough so you could stab them in the foot with a arrow instead of using your rifle?? Or you can foretell the future confrontation enough to stop and bring rope and a bear trap and make this wacky ambush? Everything was so far fetched. Why not give them the drugs and defend your home/cabin instead of antagonizing them with a bag full of teddy bears? Oops, I gave some of the movie away. Big deal. It was pretty stupid. The music and scenery were good and each character of itself was played well enough but the individual actions were often times just so ridiculous.
½ July 1, 2018
From the beginning of the action to the end. A continual string along of unnecessary suspenseful situations. A lot of leave the gun and grab the axe type situations that left me wishing I would'nt have wasted my time with this one. Boooool
½ July 1, 2018
Not even Khal Drogo could save the terrible plot in this "movie"
June 24, 2018
Sometimes you day dream about an impossible scenario, and how you would do things, plan things, in order to save your family.

This was that scenario. Epic, badass, and kept me pumped with adrenaline the entire time.
June 21, 2018
Solid action drama. Didn't feel too cliche either. Momoa was pretty good and I'm glad to see him in more roles lately.
½ June 19, 2018
It seemed like just another day at the cabin for Braven, his enemies with the big guns were small time goofs with terrible shooting skills. Even his young daughter could of outwitted them all.
June 16, 2018
Um...this movie sucked. Unrealistic scenarios...plot isn't believable. Total waste of time...
½ June 16, 2018
Pitiful. Jump on a bear trap then push some fool off of a cliff and expect to trap to save you. Ridiculous waste of time watching this crap
½ June 6, 2018
Hands down, one of the worst movies I have ever watched. Lamber truck plot holes, super bad acting, fake and poorly directed action segments and comically bad dramatic scenes. There is no reason on Earth to watch this movie, other than to lessons learning.
June 5, 2018
I saw the movie and was dissapointed. Not what I expected just some shooting and effects a real "B" movie. Don't waste your money.
June 3, 2018
great action, nice eye candy for the ladies too
May 25, 2018
A very good film. The marketing of this movie would make you automatically think....a typical B rated action movie. This film is actually very well written and very well acted. The characters are well developed characters, the story is well written and unusually developed for a B rated action flick. The action scenes are very well choreographed and performed. The sound effects are realistic and satisfying. The story is developed and believable. The film deserves extra kudos for showcasing very realistic fighting sequences. The fight scenes are very much punch for punch, gritty scenes. Often the fight scenes we are used to in movies do not have that realistic back and forth as seen here. Also this film desevres credit for tastefully handled gore. There were gorey scenes but just the right amount not too much. Where I would mark this film down is that I wanted more of it to be honest. Some action I feel was substituted so as to develop the story more and the characters. It is a victim of it's own success in this way because I wanted more.
May 20, 2018
4/5 stars. A smorgasbord of interesting ways to kill bad guys. It's like Home Alone, except for adults and the bad guys actually die. The main character is like the MacGuyver of killing bad guys. My wife complained about the swearing, but if you can get past that, be ready for a thrill ride of your life. Well, maybe not your life, but definitely like the past 3-4 weeks.
½ May 19, 2018
Good film, not for young kids, but one you can watch with teenagers and adults.
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