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on 17 March 2013
Classic Jodie foster film with a twist or two!!
Totally fictional but watchable...
Old film now !! but it was good for it's day!!!
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"The Brave One," (2007), an action/crime/drama/thriller, starring Jodie Foster, follows in a long line of distinguished genre pictures from Warner Bros. Studios. It also, as most everybody has noticed, follows a long line of revenge genre pictures, best known of which is probably Charles Bronson's Death Wish , also set in New York City. With Irish director Neil Jordan, (The Crying Game ,Mona Lisa ), contributing his usual thoughtful work at the helm, the picture achieved Golden Globe nominations, and Foster, who pretty much carries it, pulls this picture out of the run-of-the-mill. She received great, deserved, praise for this performance.

Foster plays Erica Bain, a successful Manhattanite with a great job, sounds of the city type radio reporter; boss, boyfriend, and apartment: each so desirable, in the best Hollywood tradition, that I'm not sure any exist in actuality. She has a handsome doctor boyfriend, David Kirmani (Naveen Andrews, The English Patient ). She has a wonderful boss, Carol (Mary Steenburgen, Parenthood ), at the public radio station where she works, who is certainly more understanding than any boss I've ever been lucky enough to have. So Bain's got it made. But that, of course, can change in a heartbeat. Things go wrong, as they sometimes do, one night in Central Park: Bain takes a severe beating that leaves her in coma for three weeks; her boyfriend, beaten to death, and their dog, stolen. So that when she comes out of the coma, she wants justice, or, barring that, revenge. The police, Detectives Mercer (Terrence Howard, Superman The Movie ), and Vitale (Nicky Katt, Secondhand Lions ), seem unable to help her; she therefore soon takes matters into her own hands.

Foster, who is said to now accept only proactive roles originally written for men, is, like Barbara Stanwyck before her, pushing at the boundaries of what women can do in pictures, and she delivers a powerhouse, yet finely-tuned, performance. Mind you, the perpetrators, throughout, are as undifferentiated and stereotypical as they ever were in any Warners' "B" movie. Finally, Terrence Howard is excellent as the detective. Like many men in Jordan films, he yearns after an inappropriate love object - how can he, a dedicated policeman, keep company with a woman he suspects of being a serial killer?

As is true of other genre pictures, THE BRAVE ONE depends on its characters behaving thoughtlessly to start the action. Any seasoned New Yorker will tell you that even the most passionate of lovers had better not lose focus at night, in a dark, little-populated Central Park, under a threatening overpass: it's just not the time nor place for a cuddle. But how else is Foster to bump up against it?
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on 18 February 2013
I am an avid fan of jodie foster and remember watching this film the first time at the pictures and thought it was great so had to buy it
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on 12 January 2014
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
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on 25 January 2015
This is a tense realistic vendetta movie . I like Jodie Foster , I think she is a wonderful actress . This movie won't disappoint .
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on 21 March 2013
a great watch, it was good to see a female get revenge,male avengers are two a penny,
let's have more movies of this quality!
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on 3 July 2012
im such a big fan of jodie foster and have wanted to get my hands on this film for ages! very happy when it came through the door!
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on 28 February 2013
An absolutely wonderful performance by jodie Foster. A very thrilling film and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
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on 24 December 2012
My daughter loved this film .jodie foster was a very good character.And a great actress she makes some great ilms.
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on 21 February 2014
Glad I have this flim in my DVD collection, love it, Jodie foster is good in all the films that he as played in .
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