OK, probably on first glance everyone will see the similarity with previous male dominated vigilante films. But that's a quick, superficial response. I have to say that everyone at the preview here in Miami on 9/10/07 was knocked out by what this film truly does. It takes us on an uncharted ride through the eyes of an intelligent NY woman who's pretty much got her life by the tail. She's got good work, a fiancé with whom she is in love, friends who are supportive and a future that seems bright. Her life works, maybe even constitutes a "charmed" life. Then life in the <more>
"safest big city in the world" grinds her up like just so much meat going through a Cuisinart on high. A senseless attack in Central Park and her life, her love and even her dog are gone... in a matter of seconds. She can never go back to who she was, but the world she lives in post-attack, seems to have no room for her as she is. It is after this "prologue" that the essential story really begins. This is a film about the way violence strips you of your identity and changes you irrevocably. It explores in detail how you can become someone even you can't recognize in the bathroom mirror when loss, grief, anxiety, terror and depression take over. And what makes this interesting & screen-worthy, is the journey the character takes is very different from that of others before her in this genre. First, because it is experienced totally through her eyes, ears and sensibilities. Second, because for the first time I can recall, after a lifetime of sitting in the dark and watching films, the character I gladly identify with is a woman. Yes, it appears Ms. Foster has made some definite changes in her selection of material - she's gone from victim to vigilante over the course of a couple of decades. I admit that I have enjoyed all of her work, but if she doesn't get an Oscar nomination for her work in this film, everyone in Hollywood needs to be institutionalized. She carries the film, is on screen for 97% of the time, has changed her look and style to become a believable New Yorker... the no-nonsense hair, clothes and stride of a woman who earns her living via the sounds and rhythms of Manhattan. She shows a wide range in this part... at once sarcastic, then nurturing, smoky-voice seductive, yet warm & vulnerable and finally, a shell-shocked survivor who appears cold-blooded, but is really suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome of the highest order. She does not strike one false note. Her supporting cast is strong and the relationship that evolves between her character and the Detective is edgy and in the end, fulfilling. I hope that the audiences see what I & the rest of the preview audience saw in this film... a character study that's "dead on" in its dramatic arc. From what I understand, Ms. Foster often takes on roles that were originally written for men. She will only entertain work that offers dimensionality. Therefore, this may have been the logical conclusion of that cycle. As a final note... it's about time the studios realized that women can have a dark side, too. The police comments in the film regarding the nature of women who kill are very interesting & provocative. I am looking forward to the DVD release and its "extras." I am hoping she will be an active voice on the commentary. I would love to know what she created as her character's back story and future story. Beyond her talent as an actor, her authenticity as an artist, and her outstanding mind... she has a charisma that underscores all of her work.This one's a film that will effect you not only during its screen time, but afterward during the postmortem you & your friends will most surely have. Don't miss this film!
Terrance Howard as Detective Mercer asks Jodie Foster's Erica how she came back from her heinous assault. Foster tellingly admits, "You become someone else " Jodie Foster is powerful in Neil Jordan's "The Brave One". Jordan's "The Brave One" could have easily slipped into a feminist version of say perhaps "Death Wish". Foster's heart felt performance and fierce intelligence compel and enroll. Her distinct gift is that she always plays as smart as her character. She inspires with authenticity, humanity, and sheer will. Terrance Howard is <more>
an awesome screen partner and foil. He is stunning. "The Brave One" falters a little in its forced resolution; however, the screenplay and story by Roderick Taylor, Bruce Taylor, and Cynthia Mort is the tale of a woman's stand in the face of fear. I say that in the most apolitical way. "The Brave One" may be criticized for possibly glorifying vigilante justice masked as vengeance. I believe for the smart and talented Jordan and Foster, that was not what attracted them to the project. There is a poignant and moving scene as Erica Foster returns to her job as New York Public Radio talk show host. After a squirming lapse of silence, Erica bares her naked soul as she talks about her path back to normalcy, acknowledging she is now one of "the people who live in fear". It is hard to dismiss "The Brave One" as populist exploitation. I think that for Foster's Erica, she simply draws her line in the sand. I think that resonates with a lot of people. When I saw "The Brave One" last night, the audience was applauding at the movie's conclusion. I have not heard that in a long while. "The Brave One" strikes an emotional and cultural chord.Jodie Foster plays Erica Bain, who is a Public Radio talk show host. Erica records the sounds of New York City and comments upon them on her show. Therein lays her affinity to the city. Erica is engaged to David Kirmani charming Naveen Andrews , a star physician. They have a great life, and are preparing for their wedding. Then one evening while taking their dog for a walk in Central Park, they are viciously attacked by 3 thugs, who actually record the malicious beating. Note the attack is visually savage and ruthless. Erica awakes in the hospital weeks later to discover that David is dead and buried. Devastated and her life profoundly altered, Erica returns home to begin her recovery. Here Jordan and Foster touchingly illustrate Erica's haunting memories of David, in the context of the attack. Jordan's claustrophobic camera angles punctuate Erica's isolation. Eventually able to muster the courage to leave her apartment, Erica is paralyzed in fear. In an act of desperation, she illegally buys an automatic handgun. The guy selling her the gun, even says to her, "What happened to you?" Soon thereafter, Erica kills a vicious killer at a liquor store. She must now fly under the legal system radar. She chooses this dark path of vigilante justice, which can not end well. Terrance Howard plays Detective Mercer, who is vehemently frustrated by the legal system he defends, investigates the series of vigilante style murders. The charismatic and sharp Mercer, eventually hypothesizes the killer may be a "woman with a grudge". Turns out that Mercer had met Erica before. They also form a touching bond out of both compassion and shared loneliness.Granted here Jordan and Screenwriter Mort are manipulative. Possessed by anger and vengeance Erica kills the vilest of human beings. However, Foster never plays Erica as an avenging superhero. She is fearful, angry, and poignantly acknowledges that she may be becoming no better than the criminals she kills. She is clumsy, surviving on her smarts, and all heart. On paper what she is doing is wrong. However, as an audience there is an element of muted admiration and redemption in seeing Foster's Erica emerge from helpless victim. Foster brilliantly captures Erica's transformation and quiet loss of humanity. Like in all great tragedy, the hero must come to terms with that he or she eventually becomes that which they despise. It is all about how the hero reconciles that. To that end Terrance Howard is amazing as Erica's voice of consciencehe commands an understated and quiet power.Jordan's twist at the end may be contrived; however, I don't think that it dilutes or undermines "The Brave One"'s power. We are all for Erica's redemption and reconciliation of her very soul. Jodie Foster is so powerful and compelling as hero Erica. This is one of her best performances, and award worthy. Her performance resonates with us-- the worst and best in humanity. Neil Jordan's storytelling is edgy and brilliant. "The Brave One" is uncompromising film-making, and well worth view and thought.
Just saw a preview of this strong action drama with good character, strong story and many twists. When she is beaten and her fiancé is killed Jody Foster fights to recover her life - along the way she discovers her inner strength and meets Terrance Howard a detective on her case.Jody plays a PBS radio personality who does sound poems of life in New York City. She walks the city celebrating the people and sounds of the city. While walking their dog in central park they are attacked by a gang of hoods. Three weeks later Foster awakes to find her fiancé buried and her life in tatters.The <more>
police seem to have forgotten her case and she has trouble leaving her apartment.This is a well made film and darn good story which brought the audience to applause several times during the telling.
Jodi Foster serves up a dish best served cold in revenge thriller (by Birdhasflown)
"The Brave One," is a revenge film that is different then most revenge films. What director Neil Jordan does to separate this film from others is that he immerses the audience through the psychology and consequences when one decides to take the law into their own hands, rather then focusing on the killing spree and violence of other similar pictures. In "The Brave One," Foster plays a radio talk show host, Erica in New York City and is caught up in the illusion of a safe, happy life. She's engaged to a handsome doctor, and carries a distinguished radio show, but all <more>
this crumbles into pieces after a fateful run in with punks in a park assault Erica and her fiancée, leaving Foster battered and bloody and her fiancée dead.After Erica is in a coma for three weeks, the scars from the experience paralyze her emotions. Foster's raw emotion comes through in her acting with great strength, as we see this tidal wave of tragedy ruin her entire life. The city that she once loved now is seen as a dark, hostile, soulless environment as she sees the repressive pry on the weak and the law seems powerless to stop it. After failing at reaching detectives to help find her husbands killer, and her own fear for her safety, she decides to pick up a gun to protect herself.Erica's own morality is changed forever, after she witnesses a man gunning down his wife at a connivance store. She begins to wallow and cry in fear, but her pain of her past causes her to act in anger as she guns the man down. The experience causes Erica to feel dignified and unafraid. She does not want to be an innocent, vulnerable bystander to the repressive anymore, and does not want to shy away from the repressive when they come across her. The process of her road down to becoming an avenging angel is a slow digression, and witnessing her developing resistance towards injustice is very moving to watch. Most thrillers such as this one have plots that seem strained, but "The Brave One's" storyline gives much time for the viewer to understand Erica's emotions and the motives she chooses to signify them. When Erica meets the detective investigating her case, she becomes fascinated with him, as she realizes that he is trying to put away a ruthless criminal who has escaped the law. To cover for her crimes, she displays interest in him through her work as a DJ and interviews the detective, played by Terrance Howard. This makes for another interesting storyline in the film. She asks him, "is there anything you can do to bring this man to justice?" His reply is, "yes, but it wouldn't be legal," Erica now decides to take the stance as a vigilante, as she decides to bring this ruthless criminal to justice herself. Erica now becomes ensnared in the endless battle between law and justice through trying to realize where they actually diverge. Foster carries vulnerability in the film but also strength and diligence. Emotional resonance from characters that are real and relatable are hardly seen in film, giving most films a dry and unauthentic look. But Foster engrosses us in Erica's soul. Few actresses can pull off a role like Erica in film today, but Foster stands alone as one of the best character actors's working today. The film poses controversial questions to the soul rightness of conducting vengeance on those who impart their control and power on others. How can justice prevail when the good do nothing? This question, as well as many more, is raised and the audience is left to discover their own answers on morality.
A Stunning Masterwork of Transcendent Quality (by Nick-Lento)
Jodie Foster delivers an Oscar worthy performance in this astoundingly fresh/novel treatment of what, to some, may seem like old themes."The Brave One" is a far cry from the hackneyed "revenge fantasy" flicks that Charles Bronson made in famous.On the surface, some of the elements are similar; but once we get past the surface which Ms Foster and an excellent supporting cast make easy for the viewer we are transported into the mind, body and soul of Foster's character to a depth that none of the old "Death Wish" movies ever aspired to, let alone <more>
achieved.Yes, powerful emotions are evoked and complex, often contradictory thoughts/ideas are provoked; yet somehow, it is all done with a minimum of coarse manipulation. If there had been none at all I would have rated this a ten ."The Brave One" manages to pull off that most rare of cinematic achievements/challenges; it works as high art, profound social/political/psychological/ethical commentary AND delivers an exciting/riveting "can't take your eyes off the screen" theater/drama that elevates the experience of "entertainment" to a level far beyond mere diversion.As someone who is anti death penalty and pro gun control I was surprised, and even uncomfortable, finding myself along with others applauding at the end of this marvelous movie.Part of me is tempted to write a long commentary discussing the movie in depth; but that would spoil it for anyone who hasn't already seen it. So, at the risk of sounding like a pitchman, I leave you with......Don't take my word for it, go see this transcendent masterpiece for yourself.
Terrific performances from Jodi Foster and Terrence Howard (by disdressed12)
this movie was much better than i had hoped or expected it to be.it basically turns the vigilante genre on its head,and has a female character as the vigilante.like any vigilante movie,it certainly poses tough questions.it contains some terrific performances in it's two lead characters,Jodi Foster as the vigilante,and Terrance Howard as the cop on her trail.both are outstanding and very credible in their respective roles.Foster really makes you sympathetic to her character and rooting for her,even though you probably shouldn't.Howard's character is also sympathetic,because he has <more>
mixed feelings,but has to follow the law.he comes off very convincingly as someone who is conflicted.the movie is well paced and appropriately dark.even before the end of the movie,i thought it was well done,but the ending caught me totally off guard.it elevated the movie a notch.for me,The Brave One is a 9/10
A genre movie directed by an artist, Neil Jordan in this particular case. That is a formula that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. This time does, big time and I suspect it has to do with the artist behind the camera leaving the artist in front of the camera to her own devices and we all know that Jodie Foster's devices can be miraculous sometimes. The anguishing feel of solitude permeates Jodie's performance that's why I imagine Neil Jordan leaving her alone. Her decisions, I mean the character's and the actress's, seem to have been taken without consulting <more>
anyone. They are as pure as they are insane. I predict Miss Foster will be up for her third Oscar unless a miracle happens in the next three months. Well done!
Jodie Foster is a bit like the modern version of Barbara Stanwyck or one of those other powerful female stars that took the role of the woman in society into actions and attitudes that had been the male prerogative since time immemorial. Jodie's Erica carries the movie and a gun in a succession of common places that become never seen before thanks to the commitment of the star. She is fantastic and I suspect Jodie Foster will use her age as an allied so there is a lot to be looking forward to. If I had a wish, for me as an spectator and huge fan of Jodie Foster, will be for her to <more>
continue working with directors that allow her many different faces to come out fully formed because that's a guarantee that it will startle us. Neil Jordan was a great idea and the results are there on the screen for everyone to see. A vigilante yes, but Jodie Foster style which means, like no other. I would like to see her do a movie with Fred Schepsi "Plenty" "A Cry In The Dark" because the characters in Schepsi movies are memorable, all of them, always With Martin Donovan "Apartment Zero" and his new stunning "K.Il Bandito" because I know the man and I've witnessed the magic communion he establishes with his actors and Donovan loves to move into the faces of his actors/characters in the most powerful and loving way. With François Ozon Swiming Pool, 8 Women because of his understanding and commitment to the female character, never superficial. I can name others of course but I think I already made my point. I love Jodie Foster and I hope to be around when she's 70 because I have the feeling we ain't seen nothing yet.
A New Neo-Noir To Satisfy Our Thirsts (by ccthemovieman-1)
This was entertaining. Sure, one can't help but draw comparisons and think back to the most famous vigilante film of all time: "Death Wish," but this film stands on its own story. No, it's not "Death Wish," but it ain't far from it, storywise. It's different enough to keep us guessing what "Erica" will do next so, in that regard, it's good value for your entertainment dollar, particularly if you enjoy film noirs. This would be labeled a "neo noir" today.I was a little skeptical about Jodie Foster playing a Charles Bronson-type <more>
shooter, but she pulled it off convincingly. The difference in "Erica Bain" and Bronson's "Paul Kersey" was minimal except she seemed to be more depressed over who she had become, once she started killing. Foster, by the way, shows no signs of slowing down as an actress and this was a juicy role for her.But don't be misled by this film's screenplay or by Hollywood standards of morality, as they have very little. The fact is, as shown in this film, this woman quickly turns into a killer, a murderer, if even if it was scumbags she was killing, it doesn't justify her actions and, deep inside, she knew it. It sure is satisfying, though, in a real base sense! The ending a little UNsatisfying to a number of reviewers, both here and in national publications. That's all I will say on that, as I don't want to spoil anything for readers who haven't seen the movie. You make up your own mind what you think of it, and the message it conveys.Suffice to say, if you're looking for an entertaining neo noir, one that serves up your thirst for vengeance a la "Death Wish," this is one to check out at your local rental store.