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…
I'd watch Jodie Foster watch paint dry. She's fantastic.
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.
What I did learn here:
1. Never let your dog run loose in Central Park.
2. Good Policemen don't care if you've been in a coma for three weeks. You have to help them - they need something from you. Anything.
3. Stoner kids listen to Radiohead, R.E.M. and the Dixie Chicks.
4. Black thugs don't like Radiohead.
5. Stoner kids also put their names in their iPods to make it easier for the Police to find them after they got mugged.
6. If you need a gun, meet the Chinese guy in the alley. He will also tell you how to use it.
7. You shouldn't smoke. It will kill you.
8. Never forget the video tape.
9. New York is an organism.
10. After three weeks of coma make sure to get involved in a shootout in the supermarket around the corner and to get mugged by two black thugs on the subway as soon as possible.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Foster is perfect in the strong female lead. Nothing too special about the drama though.
I love revenge thrillers and was pleasantly surprised to find this is very much a departure from the norm. Whereas nearly all focus on the act of revenge, often perpetrated by a skilful and scary killer, Neil Jordan's film deals with the transition from traumatised victim to vengeful punisher.
Its not without flaws, such as the amazing coincidence that leads to Jodie Foster's discovery she has the capacity to kill, but these are easy to overlook in the context of an unusual and well-told story.
The easy stereotype here is DEATH WISH, or perhaps the even easier stereotype is 'another-Jodie-Foster-against-a-world-of-intolerant-men-movie.' I liked the gender issues that cropped up (the police and the public both assume the vigilante is a man thus making Jodie Foster even more illusive), but too many morally ambiguities along with what seemed to be some radical right-wing messages tainted portions of the film (Jodie doesn't feel she'll survive the month long waiting period for a gun so she obtains one illegally then is almost immediately justified in doing so).
I wish Neil Jordon would make a straight up action movie like Soderbergh did with HAYWIRE. His fight sequences are brutal without being overly graphic or squeamish and as I recall from the car crash scene from IN DREAMS he can concoct thrills very effectively, he just has a weakness for plot and characters being center stage.
Lieliska Fosteres soloizrāde. Tas gan arī ir praktiski vienīgais filmas panākums, jo priekš vigilante stila neko jaunu nesaskatīju.
energetic performance from Jodie Foster in another " on my own " crime thriller that has a few moments of intelligence .
Revenge fantasies like this are always a bit fascist; this one mixes its fascism with a few misplaced dollops of schmaltz and a token nod to its self-knowledge of the wrongness in its main premise (the old 'violence begats violence' bit) before giving us the ending we knew it would have right from the start. Nicely shot, though.
La Vengadora Anónima: premiar o no a los vigilantes; no me molestó mucho la voz de Foster y que buen actor es Howard.
The Brave One is an average action film with a decent cast of actors. I thought that the film was pretty entertaining despite the fact that the ideas in the plot have been done countless times before in other films. The film is for me, anyways, mindless entertainment. The film is good enough for a mindless viewing experience, but it's not the type of film that you'd want to rewatch again and again. I thought for the most part, Jodie Foster gave a good performance here. The film is pretty good overall, and though it isn't a great film, the film manages to entertaining enough for you to enjoy a good two hours. This is not Jodie Foster's best film,…
A run-of-the-mill revenge thriller under its glossy lacquer of artistic aspiration, but it's still a powerful drama courtesy of the arresting rapport (pun intended, I guess) between a badass Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard's beleaguered cop, both actors turning in excellent work here. It's a good film that tries to be a great one, and while it falls short, the intent is respectable and director Neil Jordan gives it enough pathos to distract one from its more derivative trappings. The difference between this and something like Death Sentence is all in the execution... pun DEFINITELY intended this time. It's interesting how, at Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus is not so hot on this movie's "problematic morals", given morals are problematic by nature when there's a thin line between good and bad, ultimately what the film is about.