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The Brave One

Released on 11 February 2008

Featuring: Jodie Foster, Naveen Andrews & Terrence Howard

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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New York radio host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) has a life that she loves and a fiance she adores. All of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiance dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public's attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective (Terrence Howard) hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path, or if she is becoming the very thing she is trying to stop.
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 What do you have some kind of a death wish?

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Jodie Foster plays Erica Bain, who is a Public Radio talk show host. Erica records the sounds and echoes of New York City and later comments upon them on her radio show. Erica is engaged to David Kirmani (Naveen Andrews), a respected doctor. Erica has the perfect life and together they are preparing for their wedding. One evening while taking their dog for a walk in Central Park, they are viciously attacked by three hoodlums, who actually record the malicious beating on a video recorder. The attack is so savage and ruthless that David dies at the scene and Erica is left for dead. Erica awakes in the hospital some weeks later from a deep coma only to discover that David is dead and buried. Totally devastated, her life profoundly transformed, Erica returns home to begin her recovery.

Eventually, and still shell shocked, she is able to rally the courage to leave her apartment, Erica is paralysed in fear to the brutality of the streets. In an act of desperation, she illegally buys a gun. She learns to use the gun proficiently with a great deal of practice. It's not long after this that Erica kills a vicious killer at a liquor store. Feeling a taint justified in this ordeal she realises that to continue she must now evade capture and detection from the police. She chooses this dark path of vigilante justice, on the hope that she will find the three thugs that changed her life so badly. Terrance Howard plays Detective Mercer, who is vehemently frustrated by the legal system he defends, and is called to investigate the series of vigilante style murders. The charismatic and sharp Mercer eventually theorizes the killer may be a "woman with a grudge". Mercer had been a long time admirer of the radio show host and is not long before they meet up and discuss the rehabilitation of her atrocious assault, not knowing of her current vigilante actions. During several dates they also form a touching bond out of both compassion and shared loneliness.

There is a poignant and moving scene as Erica returns to her job as New York radio talk show host. After an uncomfortable lapse of silence, Erica discloses her heart and soul as she talks about her complicated path back to normality, acknowledging she is now one of "the people who live in fear". Jodie Foster's heart felt performance and outstanding acting ability should have gained her an award for this character dramatisation. Her distinct ability is that she always portrays in all her roles the very personality, in a believable performance. Terrance Howard is an appealing screen partner and his composure in all the scenes strengthens the story. "The Brave One" may be criticized for possibly glorifying vigilante justice masked as vengeance, and some will even see a similarity to a feminist version of "Death Wish". The ending to the film is laced with a great twist and leaves one pondering in deep thought way after the credits have finished rolling. Highly recommended viewing.

 HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED!

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HOW MANY WRONGS MAKE IT RIGHT?
After reading some of the snotty reviews in the papers and certain film magazines I watches this film expecting the worst.
What I saw was a superbly acted revenge drama, with a amazing performance by Jodie Foster, just impounding why she is one of the best female's working in Hollywood today. But it's Terrence Howard who makes the biggest impression as the detective hunting down the faceless vigilante. His multi layed performance is outstanding.
This runs like Kevin Bacon's Death Sentence long lost sister, and both address the similar themes perfectly.
This film may lack the adrenaline rush of Death Sentence, but still is a brutal revenge flick, that makes you wonder, if the law fails you, would you dish out the justice? I know I would.
An excellent film, that asks the question " would you start where the Law ends"
A brave and brutal film!

 HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED!

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HOW MANY WRONGS MAKE IT RIGHT?
After reading some of the snotty reviews in the papers and certain film magazines I watches this film expecting the worst.
What I saw was a superbly acted revenge drama, with a amazing performance by Jodie Foster, just impounding why she is one of the best female's working in Hollywood today. But it's Terrence Howard who makes the biggest impression as the detective hunting down the faceless vigilante. His multi layed performance is outstanding.
This runs like Kevin Bacon's Death Sentence long lost sister, and both address the similar themes perfectly.
This film may lack the adrenaline rush of Death Sentence, but still is a brutal revenge flick, that makes you wonder, if the law fails you, would you dish out the justice? I know I would.
An excellent film, that asks the question " would you start where the Law ends"
A brave and brutal film!

 Great movie!!

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This is a good movie and a great portrayal of human revenge!
Regardless of where it is based, it has the gritty realism of the dark side of city life that most of us would rather not see or avoid at all cost!
A must see if you like vengeance!

 Another brilliant performance from Jodie!!!

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Brilliant film and yet again some fantasic acting from the hugely talented Jodie Foster. Every film she does, she delivers a fantastic performance and gives 100%.

Her role as Erica fights right till the end to get justice for her boyfriend who gets murdered in a gang attack. She sure is THE BRAVE ONE!

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ActorsJodie Foster, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Adams, Nicky Katt, Zoe Kravitz & Larry Fessenden
DirectorNeil Jordan
Certificate18 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.