Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
The Brave One
How many wrongs to make it right?
A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
I'm slowly realizing that Neil Jordan is one of my favorite directors. Not because he does anything truly amazing every time he gets behind the camera, but because he has some interesting ideas and usually fleshes them out into generally solid pictures. Take The Brave One as an example.
People claiming the film to be dull are probably those that really want revenge and blood and guts and fist pumping. Not a methodical character study that looks at the idea of the hollowness of the revenge emotion from a new and interesting angle. So yeah, if you want blowed-up real good, go watch Death Sentence or Death Wish. Sure Harry Brown is a fun picture, but it's just an old…
Jody Foster's presence was why I stuck it on my Netflix list, but I was otherwise a bit wary... the director, Neil Jordan has an extremely inconsistent body of work, from interesting (The Crying Game) to questionable (Interview With a Vampire, whose major flaw was bad casting, something for which Jordan can't be held responsible) to downright awful (We're No Angels). The last film I saw of his was pleasant enough (Ondine, a nice Irish fairly tale reminiscent of The Secret of Roan Inish, though not as good), so I tried to keep an open mind with this one. In the end I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Reading the plot, it looks like a modern…
It's like Taxi Driver, only instead of a psychopathic cab driver like Travis, it's prostitute Iris all grown up as a radio host.
In terms of plot this is just another "Death Wish" remake, but Foster's typically incredible performance and some artful direction from Neil Jordan this becomes something that satisfies both genre thrills while also working as a heartfelt drama. Jodie Foster really shines in thrillers, think her amazing turns in "Silence of the Lambs" "Inside Man" and "Panic Room". What she accomplishes in these films is balancing a believable vulnerability with this incredible confidence that sells whatever her character has to do to accomplish her goals. This is one of her highlight performances, much of the first hour is just her alone, its not till over an hour in that she begins to interact with her co lead Terrence Howard. Howard…
Jodie Foster delivers a powerful performance as the second vigilante in 2007 to be inspired by Mr. Charles Bronson (the other being Kevin Bacon in Death Sentence). The main problems lie within the layout of the story, itself a somewhat overlong experience given its subject matter, and the way it overcomes obstacles with such ease. The coincidences and plot elements pile up too quickly and clash with the intended realism. Still, The Brave One is surprisingly raw for a studio picture, and despite it being awfully convenient for our hero to go on her path it's still a very well-made picture.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's no real reason why The Brave One should have caught my eye any more than the myriad other revenge movies of the last decade, but it did. Maybe because it was built around a woman for a change, or maybe because that woman was played by Jodie Foster? Which itself is a bit peculiar since I've only seen a few of her performances so far. I've enjoyed them all, but for whatever reason I've made no real effort to explore her filmography. Anyway, I picked up the DVD at Half Price Books awhile back and finally got around to it.
There are no real surprises here, which ordinarily would be a liability for a genre film like this. It…
This movie will question your morals by the end.........I'm not sure if I agree with how this finished - Jury is out.
spoiler alert. Similar to "Death Wish", only she gets the culprits in the end. Also she has more psychological difficulties.
In a recent review I suggested Jodie Foster hadn’t been in anything but stupid films since The Silence of the Lambs. That might have been an exaggeration and here is a film that is trying very hard not to be stupid, but I don’t know if it really manages it. A vigilante film. Foster and her partner are attacked and beaten unconscious: she survives but he dies. She is nervous of the city, buys an (illegal) gun and when she is in a store a man bursts in and shoots the store keeper, Foster responding by shooting the gunman in self-defence; then on the subway there are two thugs... You probably get the picture, it’s Death Wish with Foster as…
The clichés pile up in this thriller from Neil Jordan, which drew apt comparisons to vigilante ‘classic’ Death Wish upon its release in 2007. It's interesting to see Foster once again as the victim of a violent assault, after her award-winning turn in The Accused, but the film drags on for what seems longer than its two hours. Part of a growing transatlantic trend of films depicting the underclass as irredeemable thugs who deserve to be shot. For other examples, see Michael Caine in Harry Brown.
Morally and legally just so wrong. Tries to be a building one up after a crash-story but ends up being just morally corrupting. Jodie Foster is fine but ... One is left with the hope that one does not ever have to encounter fear that breaks one morally and throws one to vigilante-path.
Not a very good film, but fairly entertaining. Didn’t really know what it wanted to be; a film about human tragedy, a psychoanalytical narrative exploring bereavement and revenge or just a reworking of exploitation movies from the 70s and 80s, notably Death Wish or MS 45 angel of vengeance, which in my eyes were far more superior movies.
The mournful look on Jodie Foster’s face just makes her look like she is constipated and her assailants well, they deserved it! As a viewer I didn’t care why she shot them, they wasn’t nice people! There wasn’t that much depth, half the time I was waiting for her to wear a mask and become a crime fighter…with her new Charles Bronson…
Not Jodie's best performance or hairstyle
With the complex Mona Lisa, Neil Jordan explored how violence and its consequential dilemmas can evolve into a costly price. It's a heady and intricate genre-bending gangster film with a surprising amount of heart.
The Brave One also ruminates on whether violence can serve as a benefit to a person's surroundings. I just don't think it's as consistently thoughtful. It's even a bit frustrating after the manner in which so much potential is squandered.
Radio broadcaster Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) has her life torn apart when her fiancée David (Naveen Andrews) is beaten to death by a group of thugs in Central Park. After three weeks in a coma, she goes home to an apartment full of silent memories of…
The Brave One is a sometimes overlooked vengeance flick, that has quite a lot going for it. First off, neil Jordan 's fine directing makes for a stylish and beautiful looking movie. The acting is exceptional, in particular from Foster and Terence Howard. I also like that the movie is a well thought out and smart character study that mixes quite emotionally well with the gritty and graphic violence associated with movies like this. It's not really an action movie, though, but stands quite well as a sort of female version of the first Death Wish.
Complete list. :-(
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…