Movie: The Brave One Review

by on October 14, 2009

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Brave One with Jodie Foster

  • The Brave One (2007)
  • 122 Minutes
  • Starring Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Mary Steenburgen

The Brave One starts out with a pretty powerful scene early on which sets the premise of what Erica Bain’s (Played by Jodie Foster) motivation is for snapping, so to speak and going after villains. It is much like Charles Bronson in Death Wish and I stick by that first impression when I saw previews way back before the movie released.

If you can survive the senseless violence in the beginning where Erica loses her fiancee and her dog in an attack, then you’ll be OK through the rest of the movie as she tries to recover from the fear that has been pulled to the surface by the attack and how she looks to deal with it.

The scene with the killing of her fiancee can be distracting, in fact so distracting that it stays in your mind through the whole movie but that same distraction continues to remind you why she’s so afraid, yet angry at the same time from scene to scene.

As she puts it in her background dialog:

I always believed that fear belonged to other people. Weaker people. It never touched me. And then it did. And when it touches you, you know… that it’s been there all along. Waiting beneath the surfaces of everything you loved.

We see her dealing with her first shooting:  A man who just shot his ex-wife, on through more formative moments until she eventually confronts the men who took her life from her.

Though her development, New York City finds it has a vigilante on it’s hands and her life starts to get intertwined with a Detective Mercer, (Terrence Howard). At one point, being a radio personality, Erica is interviewing the detective and asks what happens after you shoot someone, don’t your hands shake, and he tells her (paraphrased) “No, not if you’re in the right.”

We watch as she continues her vigilante ways and how Mercer comes to realize who the murderous vigilante is.  The different threads of the story start to come together.

In the end, she locates the gang who killed her fiancee and the fascinating resolution that comes about as Erica, Mercer and the thug,s tales intertwine.

For the viewer, it was as sigh of relief as we go into the final scene, we feel a finality about her resolve.

Cinema Static says:

Jodie Foster takes yet another role and drags you right along for the ride she creates.  She does this, even with a role traditionally played by a man, and makes it a success in this viewers’ eyes.

IMDB users have rated this movie at 6.9 / 10.  I’m good with a 7 out of 10.  Good indeed!

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