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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.
I was never planning to watch this and I wasn't even concentrating much during the first like half hour.
And then Terrence Howard's charisma kept me watching.
I loved his chemistry with Foster.
I kept watching to see how the whole thing will end and then the end was just one huge disappointment for me.
Otherwise I'd say the whole premise was interesting but poorly executed.
Ever wonder why when your friends come to New York for vacation, they're surprised that they haven't been mugged an infinite amount of times? It's cause of movies like The Brave One. Then Jodie Foster quotes Emily Dickinson's "Death" as a base reasoning behind her laughably implausible warpath.
The Brave One is 1 of my very favourites.
It might not deserve 5 stars but to me this film just works and I personally do think its worth the rating.
Neil Jordan delivered a revenge flick that dared to be different and unconventional and to me that had an impact which I still experience every time I revisit this.
I think this was either my 4th or 5th time watching The Brave One and it's been a special watch every single time.
Se pensarmos bem, este The Brave One quase que podia ser uma sequela não oficial do Taxi Driver.
On the surface this appears to be a run of the mill addition to the vigilante genre but in actuality it is a representation of a lesbian coming out experience.
The tale begins when Jodi's dog (a symbol of her lesbian desire) runs off into a tunnel (symbol of the vagina) and then the brutal beating of Foster's fiance. The beating is not so much a representation of Jodi's realization that she is a lesbian but rather the terror and despair over the fact that she can never find love with a man. The fairy tale romance is shattered because she realizes that it can never be hers because she is a lesbian and she can never ever escape her…
A gender-swapped Death Wish could have a lot of interesting things to say. Where the original vigilante in New York film was largely wish fulfillment about striking back at a lawless city with an impotent police force, an update could address feminist topics like rape culture and the objectification/infantilization of women. It could be an apt metaphor for the longer leash we’ve given the government in the wake of 9/11. Neil Jordan’s The Brave One, however, is not that update. Focusing on a pervasive fear that lingers after coming face-to-face with brutal violence, the Brave One can’t rise above the pulp trappings of the exploitation genre, despite its arty ambitions. Instead, it is all the pulp with none of the…
Derailed by all means, attention and misdirection. Eager to exact plainness in abrupt, wan cuts. Foster's weakest. F
What happens when you become a victim? I would imagine that it pretty much follows the line of this movie. Maybe we don't all become vigilantes, but the fact that people could attend an execution of a criminal means that there is some blood-lust that screams to be satisfied.
I love Jodie Foster, and feel that she is a consummate actor and the Golden Globe nomination for her performance here is well deserved.
I also like Terrance Stamp and have watched him improve with each performance. This was his best. Even better than Hustle and Flow, which was fantastic.
Anytime anyone experiences trauma, they can never go back to the person they were before it happened. You are a different person. In this case, you have to find a reason to go on living.
Damn fine movie.
Hot Take: An incredibly well acted, but overly ridiculous revenge fantasy in which the central message seems to be that one is only moments away from experiencing endless random acts of violence in one's everyday life ... so go get your gun.
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