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The Brave One

2007-12-10 12:21
What it's about:

New York radio DJ Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is brutally attacked while walking the dog with her fiancé. He is beaten to death, but she survives, and is thrown into a pit of grief and fear. To overcome her new found paranoia, she arms herself, but finds it is all too easy to dispense justice on her own terms. While dealing with her own case, she befriends Detective Mercer (Terrence Howard). who is hunting the city's new vigilante.

What we thought of it:

Vigilante films resonate with the current crime situation in South Africa, and The Brave One asks some tough questions without simplifying issues for the sake a neat storyline. By taking a story befitting an action movie and the character development of a skillfully made drama, director Neil Jordan should manage to satisfy fans of both genres, while still maintaining the themes of vengeance and redemption that run through most of his films.

The film begins with DJ Erica's narration of the history of the city, lulling the viewer into the sense that it is like an old friend. The illusion is brutally shattered, and as arbitrary as the violence is, it's also more brutal for that fact.

Foster mixes vulnerability with controlled rage and despair, and her performance dominates the proceedings, rather than the stunts and set pieces you'd expect from an action movie. The scenes where she is venturing out for the first time have a queasy paranoia that is almost tangible and does not let up.

Jordan is no stranger to showing violence or the fight for survival, and with The Brave One he has produced one of the top films to fall into the vigilante/revenge genre. Exciting, moving, and clever enough to stand out from the pack, it ventures where few other films of this kind have the guts to go.

- Ivan Sadler
A woman who loses her fiancé in a brutal mugging takes the law into her own hands, when police are unable to find or punish her attackers.

Chris Bennett 2007/09/29 10:18 PM
The Brave One Sounds like a remake of Death Wish to me, but with a better lead actor and a better director.
Philippa Smith 2007/10/02 8:32 AM
The Brave One I thought this was a superb movie and identified with the nightmarish element introduced into the main characters world once she had become a victim. the cinematography was brilliant and the characters were real people not Hollywood cliches.
Tania 2007/10/12 9:03 AM
The Brave One Brilliant! Makes you wonder what will it take to kill!
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