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The Brave One [HD DVD]

Jodie Foster , Terence Howard , Neil Jordan    Suitable for 18 years and over   HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Terence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Andrews
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Format: HD DVD
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZK9T0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,024 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Neil Jordan's somber The Brave One is reflective movie about a victim's sense of dislocation and isolation from her own life following a harrowing trauma, which will strike a chord with a lot of people who have known violence. The Brave One is also a provocative drama about the nature of justice, a theme explored endlessly in American movies that typically find law enforcement wanting. In Jordan's film, however, the conflict between instinctive vigilantism and legal protocols is approached with more deliberateness and complexity than usual. Finally, despite its seriousness of purpose, The Brave One, to a certain extent, is drearily tethered to the old atrocity-and-revenge genre, bumping along to the familiar, Death Wish-like rhythms of an avenger seeking successive conflicts with bad guys he or she can blow away.
Somewhat at cross-purposes, The Brave One stars Jodie Foster in a shattering performance as Erica Bain, a popular essayist on a public radio station in New York. In love and engaged to David (Naveen Andrews), a doctor, Erica and her fiancé are brutally attacked one night by a gang of thugs. David is killed but Erica survives, only to find herself a stranger in her own skin, facing down her fears by shooting violent criminals.
With the city riveted by her anonymous actions, Erica becomes an object of curiosity for a police detective (an excellent Terrence Howard) disillusioned by his own struggles to protect the innocent from truly evil men. Jordan's previous films (The Crying Game, Breakfast on Pluto) resonate with The Brave One's most interesting angle, i.e., that each of us possesses a hidden element in our identities that comes out in extreme circumstances, making us wonder who we really are. It's all excellent food for thought, but the film squanders much of its significance by thrusting Erica into numerous, outlandish situations in which her only alternative is to put a bullet in a bad guy. The result is a smart film tediously structured like a disposable B movie. --Tom Keogh

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Thriller starring Jodie Foster as Erica Bain, host of a New York radio show whose life is shattered by a brutal attack that leaves her fiance (Naveen Andrews) dead, her own body shattered and her sense of safety permanently destroyed. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible and the fear that once gripped her becomes something else. As stories of an anonymous vigilante grip New York, NYPD detective Sean Mercer (Terrence Howard) pieces together the clues. With both Mercer and her conscience closing in, Erica must confront the possibility that her quest for justice has changed her into the very thing she hunts.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 7 Feb 2008
This film seemed to slide in and out of the cinema before I had a chance to see it. I'm a fan of Foster's earlier work, but I didn't know what to expect from this film especially after reading the comments made by movie execs that they wanted to stop making films with female leads. I guess it's simple economics to them, but it seemed kind of harsh to me.

This isn't a movie for everyone. It's pretty bleak and contrived in places, but all of the performances are strong and the cinematography and direction are amazing. This isn't the new New York we see in this film, the safest big city in the world. Instead it reveals the ghost of New York, where senseless violence and cruelty dominates. Foster's character is a woman on a mission, and she manages to touch a lot of people along the way. A lesser actress wouldn't have been able to pull this role off, but Foster does it with style and grace.

This film is bracing and thoughtful. If you're in the mood for something different but still Hollywood, the Brave One is a good choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than It Sounds 18 Feb 2008
There will be alot of people who are put off seeing this film simply because of the Deathwish connection. It would be wise to ignore these comparisons, because The Brave One is only similar to that movie in the same way that Full Metal Jacket is similar to Hamburger Hill, or Unforgiven to Young Guns. Same genre but huge difference in quality! Yes it's true that Jodie Foster goes on a mini killing spree after her partner is murdered, just as Bronson does in the Deathwish films, but The Brave One is primarily about dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one and it's not cheap and exploitative like so many of the "vigilante" genre.
I have to admit that i'm not a big fan of Jodie, often finding her work too melodramatic and obvious. She gave a brilliantly detailed performance in Taxi Driver thirty years ago, but for me she never had any of that spontaneity in her acting afterwards. However, i'm happy to say she's on top form in The Brave One, giving a sincere performance that's completely devoid of ego, and she's well matched by Terence Howard as the suspicious cop who befriends her. Infact their relationship is the most interesting part of the film and provides some thought-provoking and entertaining moments. I'm sure some viewers will find the music at the end of the movie too manipulative and sentimental, but the song itself is an absolute beauty ("Answer" by Sarah Mclachlan), so it's easy to forgive.
I should mention to anybody who's easily shocked, the attack on Foster and her partner is extremely brutal (even by today's standards), but it's necessary and not gratuitous at all.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 18 Feb 2008
'The Brave One' stars Jodie Foster as radio DJ Erica Bain, who when one night is walking her dog in the park with her fiancé, is attacked and brutally beaten, leaving her unconscious and her fiancé dead. The police don't seem interested in the case and screaming for revenge, Erica buys a gun and takes the law into her own hands, becoming New York's mysterious Vigilante, getting rid of muggers and murders from the streets before finding her fiancé's killers for the ultimate revenge.

I didn't expect much from this as I hadn't really heard a great deal about it and the reviews have all been fairly average but I was pleasantly surprised to see this was an emotional, exciting and extremely tense thriller that had me sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my nails in suspense for the whole 2 hours. The direction was really interesting as they focussed more on the bad points of New York, from the small shop robberys to the subway muggings, keeping to the back street locations rather than glamourising it with the big city hot spots.

The story was very clever and didn't drag at all or become too ridiculous. There's a couple of predictable bits but there's also enough twists to keep you watching to see what happens next. Foster's character came off as arrogant and unlikeable to begin with but really had me rooting for her as the film went on.

Overall this is a hugely enjoyable movie that may be a bit too violent and shocking for some, but is a good emotional revenge thriller that is also one of Foster's best performances I've seen her in since films like Silence of the Lambs, Flightplan and Panic Room. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tense dramatic movie of justice for the scorned 6 April 2008
A tense realistic vendetta story soaked in the blood of injustice. The story is about a woman's struggle to come to terms with crime ridden city after falling victim to a sensless mugging that sees her fiancé murdered. Instead of moving past her treacherous ordeal, she faces the dark evil side of her soul and sets upon a mission to clean up the streets.

Jodie Foster is well known actor of high calibre performances, but in this dark gruesome story, she portraits her character Erica amazingly, especially through the pain and suffering of the loss of her partner and the transition into her vigilante persona. It's a pretty compelling story that has the viewer supporting her actions as she takes the law into her own hands.

Naveen Andrews "Sayid from Lost" plays Erica's fiancé for a short period of the movie, but the co-star is the clued up dectective (Terrence Howard) who keeps Jodie on her toes as he investigates a trail of dead bad guys being killed by an anonymous sentencer of death.

Overall a hard-hitting movie, that has the viewer cheering for the untarnished justice of the scorned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 24 days ago by davillia
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
One of the best films I've seen in a while . It is so tense and touching had me in tears! Great movie if you haven't seen this yet I highly recommend it!
Published 1 month ago by sweetsmurfett
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brave One
Well what can I say. A great action packed film, great story line and as you would expect a fab. performance by Jodie Foster. If you like gritty action packed films get this one.
Published 2 months ago by Lorna Diane Hulcup
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ERICA'S JUSTICE'
''Erica bain's' life is torn appart when her boyfriend and her are brutally attacked by three youths, 'erica's' boyfriend dies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Excellent film with good twists. Jodie Foster is always a good actress to watch and the haunting song Answer by Sarah McLachlan on the album Afterglow that's played during the film... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Reckless
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this flim.
Glad I have this flim in my DVD collection, love it, Jodie foster is good in all the films that he as played in .
Published 6 months ago by Christina
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak movie saved by amazing acting by Foster
All in all, this is not a good movie. One of many revenge thrillers, this one tries to pull of an original approach, by having the main character that goes Death Wish on the bad... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
2.0 out of 5 stars I want my dog back....
The day that DJ Erica Bain selects wedding invitations, her fiancé is murdered and she brutally assaulted while walking their dog in Central Park. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have not seen this film why not!
I did see this film on TV and thought it was fantastic so when I saw it on blu ray I had to get it , plus it was very reasonably priced
Published 7 months ago by Julie Stanwick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brave One
Brilliant! I was hooked from the start, I'm a bit of a fan of Jodie Foster but this was no
ordinary run of the mill film for her, a bit dark and moody which made it all the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by wendy hall
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