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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZK9T0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sainte-carmen on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Jagdhar on 6 April 2008
Format: DVD
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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
As someone old enough to remember DEATH WISH with Charles Bronson when it was released in c.1974 I couldn't help but think that this effort directed by Neil Jordan was rather too similar in concept. Way back then, Bronson's wife and daughter were assaulted leaving the wife dead and the daughter in a coma. Bronson then cruises the streets and parks of New York blasting nasty people to death.

In The Brave One, Erica Bain (Foster) is the victim herself, and her boyfriend is murdered, in Central Park one night. Once recovered she buys a gun and goes around blasting nasty people to death. As in Death Wish, the leading investigator soon figures out who the vigilante is and doesn't make any attempt to arrest her. So yes, all so familiar.

But I enjoyed it, I thought it was superbly produced and directed, and Foster as always does a great job in carrying a movie on her own. She's done it many times before and she still cuts it. It's not completely predictable, to be fair, and it does take some interesting directions, but ultimately it satisfies because it touches the nerve that is so central to the human psyche: the thirst for vengeance. In this respect, it hits the button repeatedly and you might find yourself muttering 'YES, that's the way to do it' after she fires her gun. Simple but effective, and for anyone new to this specific genre, great entertainment.

Unfortunately it does raise questions about the glorification of guns in movies, and how killing someone can make you a hero. In Britain we have a growing problem with street killings, not all by way of a gun but this film won't act as a deterrent, that's for sure.
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