The Brave One

The Brave One

DVD - 2008
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New York City radio host Erica Bain is working and living a wonderful life. One night she and her fianc©♭, David, are brutally attacked. David is killed and Erica is almost beaten to death. Erica is traumatized and in order to cope and work past the tragic event, Erica becomes someone else. She buys a gun and begins to roam the streets at night looking to take her revenge on the men who were responsible for the attack. Late one night, Erica is in the back of a convenience store when a man comes in and kills his store clerk wife. The man comes after her and she protects herself, finding that is is very easy to shoot a gun. Days later, Erica is on the subway when she is about to be raped by two men, and again she protects herself. The city becomes fascinated with the exploits of this vigilante killer, but NYPD Detective Mercer is trying to catch this person, before the killer strikes again.

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donthomas
Jul 28, 2016

Possibly Jodie Foster's best film.

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cluhowy
Jul 25, 2014

I really enjoyed this movie: the acting, cinematography, and the story. Jodie Foster always seems to choose her scripts with care. In this movie, though she ends up being a "killer", the audience can't help but empathize with her plight as a victim. Yet, we have to ponder, "where does one draw the line"? "Was the killing necessary, or was it "overkill"? These questions stimulate thought and debate long after the movie ends and are the result of intelligent movies (even if they seem a bit far fetched). It's obvious (to me) that no matter what project Neil Jordan tackles, (in this case, he is the director) the outcome always seems (to me) a cut above the standard movie, book, series, etc. Well done Neil Jordan and all involved in his work.!

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oldsteratthisstuff
Dec 02, 2013

I understand the premise for this movie, that when something tragic happens to you and someone else that you care about, that maybe you shut down on the inside and maybe have feelings for revenge, but this is the second movie that I have seen Jodie foster play the victum role and it is not one of her strong points as an actress. I also understood Terrence Howard's role as the police detective that had compassion towards and for her, that made it the strong point of the movie.

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ilovewhippets
Jul 10, 2013

Very-well done movie! I recommend it! Jodie Foster was fantastic! Great story!

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charlie2911
Jun 21, 2012

One of the best and most chilling movies I've ever seen !

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Monolith
Feb 23, 2012

I've always admired and respected Jodie Foster, her performances as an actor, and the discretion in which she chooses them. This role did not disappoint me. She WAS Erica Bain. This story of revenge was reminiscent of Charles Bronson's "Death Wish", the 1984 'subway vigilante' Bernhard Goetz, but... it stood apart as well. Terrence Howard was terrific as usual. Great ending (in my opinion).

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

Jodie Foster gave an excellent performance in this film that is not entirely original and yet not entirely trite. Sure, vengeance plots have been played numerous times, but this movie had a different feel. The cinematography irked me at times, but it eventually grew on me. Plus, I am a huge fan of the work of Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Breakfast on Pluto, and Ondine).

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Monolith
Feb 23, 2012

D.H. Lawrence: "The essential American soul is hard... isolate... stoic... and a killer. It has never yet melted."

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