Movie Review – The Brave One – Hard Hitting

The Brave One

New York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores. All of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public’s attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits.

Now this is a movie I didn’t hear much about, but it has Jodie Foster in it – so it must be pretty good! She’s been fairly quiet lately, the last thing I remember her in was Panic Room which was a solid film and Flightplan which was ok but a bit far-fetched.

She hasn’t had a really stunning movie since Silence of Lambs back in 1991, that’s quite some time. This movie is no masterpiece but it is pretty good. It has a decent score of 6.9 on IMDB and has quite mixed reviews, Jodie Foster definitely carries the whole movie and her transformation is terrifying. She plays Erica Bain who has a very interesting radio show and quite a perfect happy life…until it all goes terribly wrong.

Jodie Foster as Erica Bain in The Brave One

Terrence Howard is also excellent as Detective Mercer he plays the part very well balancing between an upright straight forward cop trying to do his job, but not being able to…and as a human being who feels the justice system is somehow failing.

You might remember him from Iron Man 🙂

Terrence Howard as Detective Mercer in The Brave One

The movie may remind you a little of any other classic revenge movie such as the Charles Broson epic Death Wish (which also coincidentally scores 6.9 on IMDB).

Anyway this movie is definitely worth a watch, it’s pretty gripping, dark and very serious. The cinematography is very gritty and real, there’s nothing fancy here just a tale of human emotion.

The film takes you effortlessly through the tragedy of a real person in a real city in a real situation, everyone always thinks it won’t happen to them…but what if it does? What would you do?

Well you can watch The Brave One and find out what Erica Bain does – I give it a butt-kicking 7.5/10.




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7 Responses to Movie Review – The Brave One – Hard Hitting

  1. Huai Bin November 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Interesting…sounds like something I would enjoy. Have you watched Requiem for a Dream? I’ve always recommended that to everyone, one of my favorite movies but I forgot who I’ve asked. Very hard hitting, gritty and realistic movie featuring Jared Leto. I’ve seen it countless times.

    OT for this post, but what would you recommend for a dSLR in the RM 3k region? RM 3,500 with a basic lens is the most I’ll be willing to spend. I’m looking at the Sony alpha, but would love your input, ST.

  2. KY November 11, 2008 at 11:33 pm #

    ooo sounds interesting.

  3. KittyCat November 12, 2008 at 6:21 am #

    Doesn’t the plot here sound like “Kill Bill”? Anyway, Jodie Foster’s one of my top actresses and yes, I thought she’s great in Panic Room and definitely, Silence of the Lambs. Will watch out for this, thanks!

  4. ShaolinTiger November 13, 2008 at 4:48 am #

    Huai Bin: Yah I think you’d like it. Requiem yah, that’s a hell of a movie along with stuff like Donnie Darko and Magnolia. Re the camera, I’ll mail you.

    KY: Definitely worth a watch.

    KittyCat: Yah a little bit, but not so extreme. It’s very much a realistic portrayal of what can happen in the big city.

  5. nocrid November 20, 2008 at 1:55 am #

    I remember watching this one in the cinema by myself because all my friends didn’t know about it and it was not big a production… The best part is you got cinema-goers clapping hand at the end part of the show…The latest hand clapping movie is crappy musical milf/mature Mamma Mia (I am sorry but I hate Bee Gees Abba.

  6. Farina November 21, 2008 at 1:47 am #

    I adore jodie foster but for this movie unfortunately i have to give a thumbs down. it looks so amateurishly done and there was no chemistry whatsoever witht he so-called partner/bf.

    surprisingly i find her rather entertaining in nim’s island.

  7. ShaolinTiger November 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    nocrid: Yah it seemed to be a pretty low profile film.

    Farina: That’s harsh, I thought it was done very well.