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The Brave One

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Neil Jordan

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About the Movie

“Why don’t they stop me?” Erica Bain wonders. Bain, a popular radio host, watched her fiancé die and nearly lost her own life in a vicious, random attack. Now she is a stranger to herself, an armed wanderer in the urban night, ridding New York of the thugs she sees at every turn. And no one, it seems, can stop her. Two-time Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster as Erica and Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard as a dogged cop with his own psychic wounds to heal join director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) and producers Joel Silver (The Matrix trilogy) for this jolting, high-tension thriller that has a lot on its mind. And a gun in its hand.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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43%
  • Reviews Counted: 183
  • Fresh: 78
  • Rotten: 105
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The fire goes out long before the film ends. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Oct 17, 2007

Rotten: Foster does her best with a flawed story whose ending rings even less true than the rest of it. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 15, 2007

Fresh: Clever, calculated, 'responsible' filmmaking. – Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Uncertainty helps keep The Brave One on its toes. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Sep 15, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Deeper than it loox...

Let's get one thing straight. This is no simple "shoot 'em up." In fact, you could make the argument (good luck, but you might) that the violence is secondary to the real story, which is the way we double-victimize the victims in our society. Erica, played exceptionally by Jodie Foster, is a woman who has had her world turned upside down by a random violent act. As is so often the case in our society, her wounds heal, and as they do, she tries to re-integrate herself into a society that has forgotten her ordeal. Hey, no more visible scars - she must be fine, right? Not so much. I recommend this film as a commentary on not only violence, which is certainly strong, but on the way we ignore victims, patting them on the back for "being tough", and then turning back to our worlds without another thought. A warning: if you have been through a mugging or rape, be careful. The scenes depicting the violence towards Erica are graphic and emotional. In fact, the only thing that holds me back from giving this movie 5 stars is the violence, which could have been scaled back a bit more and still conveyed the horror of the scene. Maybe that is another commentary on our society. But given the story and deeper message, I still highly recommend this film.

The best movie I've seen in a while ... and here's why

Jodie Foster rocks in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. The cinematography is amazing, and reminiscent of hitchcock - hard shadows, contrasty lighting. The score is appropriate and thill-enhancing, while Jodie's performance is oscar-epic. The movie will leave you speechless and questioning your morals. It's an emotional love story turned twisted thriller that litterally ends with a bang! I HIGHLY recommend this awesome flick!

Amazing

Great acting by Jodie Foster in this. Excellent storyline, very very cool.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2007

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