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Brave One - 2007

  • Oct 17, 2008
Rating:
+3
Pros: n/a

Cons: n/a

The Bottom Line:
"I wanna be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough"
~Nichole Nordeman


While I don't advocate violence, or revenge, I certainly understand the premise of The Brave One. It focuses on a relationship between David and his soon-to-be bride, Erica. Oh, yeah, and their dog. David is fairly successful, in he medical profession. Erica hosts a radio show where she describes her strolls through New York. She definitely has an engaging voice over the sound waves. As is their habit, they take the dog for a romp in the park and he disappears. As they look for him, the encounter three men with evil on their minds.

Days later she awakes in the hospital to find David has already been buried and the dog is still missing. Trying to regain some order to her life, she attempts to get help from the police, meeting dead ends everywhere she turns. Taking matters into her own hands, she buys an unlicensed gun, for protection she says. The truth of the matter, I think Erica had an agenda from the moment she awoke in the hospital. She does manage to wreck some havoc, at least for the bad guys on the streets, ending with a pretty hefty body count. But does that clear her own demons or assuage her own grief? Only time, and you viewing the movie, will tell.

The Brave One was directed by Neil Jordan; writers Roderick Taylor & Bruce Taylor. It was nominated for three awards and carries an R rating for violence, language, and mild sexuality. Jodie Foster carried the part of Erica, joined in the cast by Terrence Howard and Mary Steenburgen.

Some of the things that happen in the movie are both realistic and unlikely at the same time. Not to say these things don't happen for certainly we have heard many stories of someone that has stepped up and taken their revenge. For the most part, the film quality was decent even with some of the dark areas. Backlighting and street lamps helped highlight the portions you needed to see.

Like I said, I certainly don't condone what happened in the movie but, on the other hand, I completely understand the reason for it. If you have never been the victim of random violence, you wouldn't entirely understand the depth of feeling associated with it. At the risk of being beaten by women everywhere, I will go even farther and state it is especially difficult for women.

On one hand we [women] are highly intelligent, resourceful, and have a bit of conniving to our spirits. On the other hand we are definitely the weaker sex as far as physical attributes. And I don't give a flying flip how much you train or gear yourself up for an assault, it affects us physically and mentally differently than it does males.

I think, in this movie, Foster delivered the appropriate countenance of someone that had survived an assault. At the beginning of the movie I thought, wow ... she is so beautiful and vibrant. By the end, she is little more than a hollow shell. Her posture, demeanor, speech, and even clothing, showed a complete mental turnaround from the woman that started the movie.

Violence is something that changes you forever, as depicted in this movie. You can get all the counseling you want and talk until the cows come home, but you will never be the same.

Thanks,
Susi


This movie is my submission to the Good Movies Write-Off 2, hosted by captaind

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Director Neil Jordan (THE CRYING GAME) injects the standard revenge saga with new life by asking difficult questions about the meaning of courage in his thriller THE BRAVE ONE. Jodi Foster (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, INSIDE MAN) showcases her knack for playing characters with a mix of strength and vulnerability, while Terrence Howard's tender charisma comes through IN Mercer, the cop who knows more than he's letting on. Foster plays New Yorker Erica Bain, a radio talk show host happily engaged to a doctor (Naveen Andrews, LOST). The walls of Erica's safe existence come tumbling down one night during a walk through Central Park with her boyfriend, during which they are mugged, he is killed, and she is severely beaten. When she wakes from a coma three weeks later, Erica's eyes assume a haunted look and she fears the city she once loved. So she buys a gun, and when she witnesses a domestic fight and murder in an all-night convenience store, she uses it to save herself. This first murder opens the door to oth...
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