Why don't they stop me? Erica Bains wonders. Bain, a popular New York radio host, watched her fiance die and nearly lost her own life to a vicious, random attack. Now she discovers a stranger within herself, an armed wanderer in the urban night, out for vengeance and at war with he own soul. Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster as Erica joins Oscar nominee Terrence Howard as a determined cop hot on her trail. Erica's future is uncertain but one thing is not: The Brave One is a high-tension thriller that packs a visceral and emotional punch.
The most surprising thing about this movie is how unsurprising it is- it really is a straightforward tale of revenge: Neil Jordan and Jodie Foster try to stress the inner torment of Foster’s vigilante but inner angst is a bit less interesting to watch than a spunky woman with a gun cutting a swathe through assorted lowlives, and we see a lot more of the latter than the former. Terence Howard is wasted as the sympathetic cop whose investigations bring him close to Foster.
Death Wish with a conscience?
- The Brave One review by IB
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Jody Foster and Terrance Howard play their roles convincingly but fail to really question the notion that the ends justify the means. The film is more morally ambiguous than Bronson's series of vigilante films but still leans towards a simplistic scenario with 100% bad guys, 100% good guys and women with empathy for each other. I'm not sure the genre is turned on its head at all. The "I Walk the City" extra is interesting but rather a bit self congratulatory.
By the numbers
- The Brave One review by Jawbreaker
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Very poor Jodie Foster vehicle, continuing her decline since Panic Room. It is clear that she is the big star and is onscreen for most of the film, with the supporting cast relegated greatly.
The film tries to be edgy and current with some unusual angles but fails when it comes to the actual plot. We see little of Foster's job or her strong feelings for her husband, as the film soon delves into revenge. Even then, it fails to provide any thrilling moments our bad undertones as seen in Death Wish.
And the final ending leaves you feeling cheated until the next Foster vehicle.
Ok, so this film isnt one of Jodie Fosters best films, but she still, as always delivers a high performance, this is the story of lost love and the things one is driven to do to hurt the people who have hurt you!
- The Brave One review by Rubber Ducky
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Erica, played in a brilliantly edgy, neurotic way by Jodie Foster, is a radio presenter who's life is tragically affected by a moment of inane violence in Central Park. She finds it hard to recover her confidence and lives as a recluse for a while until she plucks up the courage to buy a gun for protection. However one thing leads to another and she goes from protecting the innocent and weak, to vengeful vigilante. Terrence Howard is also extremely good as the cop leading the investigation into the deaths Erica leaves in her wake. A real shocker of an ending and not what I was expecting at all.