Hey folks, Jesse here. I just got done checking out the action flick, Braven on Blu-ray and I want to tell you all about it. It’s an action movie with Jason Momoa. You maybe remember him as Khal Drogo in the little-known show, Game of Thrones. You maybe also remember him being the guy that talks to fish in Justice League. Either way, you’re in store for a muscle-y dude with long hair. We’ll get to that in a bit. Braven is out on Blu-ray, so it’s available for your collection today. I’ll keep the review spoiler-free.
Let’s talk about the movie itself…
The Movie Itself (3/5)
The story in its essence is fairly simple. A man and his family live in a small logging community. Joe Braven (Momoa) is a logger and one of his employees has stashed a large bag of cocaine on Joe’s property. As usual, the bad guys want their drugs back so they try to take them with extreme prejudice. Also, as usual, the hero is not going to let that happen. After that, it’s all punching and shooting for awhile until the end.
The cast also includes Stephen Lang and Garret Dillahunt. You may remember Lang as the blind guy from, Don’t Breathe. Hopefully, you recognize Garret Dillahunt. He’s great in this and he was probably one of the brightest parts of a somewhat dull movie. Garret is one of those character actors that you’ve probably seen in something but it might be hard to figure because he’s been showing up in TV and movies for a number of years. Most likely you maybe saw him on a pretty funny sitcom that aired called, Raising Hope. I’m always glad when he shows up and has effective range playing all different types of people. He’s really funny but in this, he was a believable psycho mob boss. Enough about Mr. Dillahunt.
Jason Momoa leads the cast as the hero, Joe. The character, I found out in an interview, is based on a real person. Apparently, he is this tough mountain man that was good at beating up the jerks in his town. They hyped up his legendary ass-kicking abilities in true Hollywood fashion. The story was mostly anecdotal and I bet it was pretty loosely conceptualized. That’s okay. At least they didn’t tell us it was “based on a true story”.
I haven’t been a fan of Momoa since being the horse riding, Dothraki warlord on Game of Thrones. He was cool in some of the action scenes in Justice League but here we get to see some stronger acting. The story is a lot about how close he is to his family and is very connected to them. When they are threatened his levels of emotion range from crying to beast mode. The fight scenes were choreographed well and some of the knocks around fights were pretty fun. Stephen Lang as Joe’s father dealt with dementia which at times complicated things and added different layers to the struggle.
I give the movie a middle of the road score because it was a bit boring for me. Things happen at a steady pace but it is all but I just found myself occasionally losing interest. It takes a special action movie to catch my interest this day but 11-year-old me would be impressed by the action in the movie. I do have a new appreciation for Jason Momoa and I’m sure I’ll be seeing him again. When are they making an Aquaman movie?
Visual/Picture Quality (4/5)
The video quality was up to standards for a Blu-ray movie. It mostly took place in the woods and the lush scenery was very well represented by the sharp HD picture. The final part of the movie takes place in a snow covered forest. The contrast of the snow against the dark backdrop of forest works well. The sets look done well and there is a scene with a semi truck crash that I think played out really well. There were some scenes with blood but the movie wasn’t really gory and the violence was pretty low key.
Audio/Sound Quality (4/5)
The audio sounded great. There were some great parts of the score that really elevated certain scenes. It fit the tone and setting of the movie. The dialogue was clear and I didn’t have a hard time with the speaking volume versus background sounds. At times when Joe was sneaking around, there would only be the sound of crunching snow. The gunfire and a few explosions weren’t too loud compared to the volume when I was watching the movie. The audio was clear and up to Blu-ray’s standards.
Special Features (2/5)
The Braven’s Views- an interview talking to Jason Momoa about how he got into character to play Joe Braven. This is where he mentions he is loosely based on a real dude. It seemed kind of thrown in last minute.
It’s not great. It’s minimal and you won’t find much except a slipcover and a UV code.
- Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- English SDH
Runtime 94 Mins
Braven Overall (3/5)
I’m sticking to my three score for the movie itself. The rest of the Blu-ray package was kind of lackluster. With only one special feature and the somewhat mundane packaging, the movie was only better because of the High Definition Blu-ray standards. I mentioned the score was pretty good but I didn’t notice specific scenes of great cinematography. Momoa was a better actor than I have seen from him before. I just wish he would have spoken a few lines of Dothraki. For old times sake.
That’s it for now. Thanks for checking out the review and like I mentioned Braven is on Blu-ray today. Find it where you buy all your favorite Blu-ray stuff. Come back soon. I’ve got some more movies to watch and I want to tell you about those ones too.
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