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on 3 August 2008
Johnny Depp is outstanding in this drama about a down-at-heel Indian who sells himself to be murdered in a snuff movie to lift his family out of poverty. Also directing and involved in the script writing, he shows he is a character of many faces.
This is a sad tale and Depp's boyish good looks and expression carries off the role to perfection. Marlon Brando has a small part in the film which he interprets in his own inimitable as only Mr Brando can.
The music is outstanding and the sets excellent. Everything about the film is realistic even down to the battered bus.
Personally, I read Gregory McDonald's book only a week or two ago, and I preferred the book, however, "The Brave" is an outstanding piece of cinema which JD would not allow to be released in the USA owing to the reception it received at Cannes. The British public, however, have always had a soft spot for the American Native and will take it to their bosom.
Had I not read the epistle, I would doubtless have given the film 5 stars, but I preferred the Rafael in the book. JD lacked the naivety and innocence as did also his wife. In addition the attitude of the whites to the Indians did not come across.
Well worth watching - but DO get a copy of the book; it leaves a deep impression. That would be my advice.