The Brave One

The Brave One

The Brave One

Jodie Foster plays Erica, a soon to be married New York radio host. The couple are brutally attacked one night - leaving the fiancé dead and Erica severely beaten. Unable to get over the event, she takes to the streets and seeks out the types of men responsible. Her dark vigilantism captures the public eye and when the NYPD (led by the awesome Terrence Howard from 'Crash') close in on her, the line between justice and revenge blurs.

2007Rating: R16, contains violence & offensive language123 minsUSA, Australia
CrimeDrama
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Reviews & comments

Nothing New

If you are old enough to remember Charles Bronsons: Death Wish then just imagine Jodie Foster with the gun instead. Somehow Jodie just doesn't quite carry it off. Not a BOMB though. I could see how anyone who hasn't heard of Charles Bronson might enjoy it.

2.0

yeah?

Jodi Foster as a pseudo-superhero, is neither our hero nor villian. Throughout the film her actions are both predictable and unimaginative. Her sultry audio acounts of urban derieves are grating and one is left uninspired by a very two dimensional narrative.

2.0

Wanna watch Jodie Foster kick some bad guy butt?

Yes? Then this is the movie for you!!! If you manage to ignore the reasonably unbelievable story line, this is a great movie with a strong cast and a number of exciting "girlpower" action scenes. I was a little shocked by the level of violence at the very beginning of the movie but these early scenes are crucial to set the stage for the rest of the film. I...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Foster’s pistol-packing turn as an avenging dark angel nearly sustains director Neil Jordan’s grim vigilante drama through a string of implausibilities and occasionally trite psychological framing devices, with deft support from Terrence Howard as a sympathetic cop...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

An intense New York-set thriller that manages to be both commercial and contemplative, kick-ass and quietly, disturbingly insinuating...

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

On one hand, it's an emotional and realistic look at the devastation violent crime can have on its victims - in this case New York radio host Erica Bain (Foster).

On the other, it's a gripping thriller where right, wrong and believability are sacrificed for good old "shoot 'em up" action. It is a struggle to meld the two...

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

While it had some pleasing visual moments courtesy of the cinematography, the film slowly trails off to a ridiculous ending, ultimately robbing it of any real credibility...

2.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It wants to be a modern "Taxi Driver"; it manages to be the new Falling Down, with Foster as fierce as ever...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Of course it helps that he has the finest actress of the last 30 years as his leading lady. Forget your Linda Hamiltons, Geena Daviss or Sigourney Weavers, Foster is the iron woman of modern cinema. From The Accused to The Silence of the Lambs, Nell, Panic Room and Flight Plan, she has time and again shown her on-screen fortitude, feistiness and finesse, mixing vulnerability with a touch of the vigilante. Which of course makes her an ideal fit for this role. Like TV's favourite new serial killer Dexter, she is cleaning up the city by taking out the trash, and given Christchurch's current reputation for street crime her actions are likely to find favour with local audiences. Now if only she was running for mayor...

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

More galling than that, Erica develops an intimate friendship with Sean who, as the voice of reason, engages us before playing turncoat to facilitate a morally suspect and frankly very silly ending. Ironically, the makers of The Brave One appear to lack gumption...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Foster’s pistol-packing turn as an avenging dark angel nearly sustains director Neil Jordan’s grim vigilante drama through a string of implausibilities and occasionally trite psychological framing devices, with deft support from Terrence Howard as a sympathetic cop...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

An intense New York-set thriller that manages to be both commercial and contemplative, kick-ass and quietly, disturbingly insinuating...

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

On one hand, it's an emotional and realistic look at the devastation violent crime can have on its victims - in this case New York radio host Erica Bain (Foster).

On the other, it's a gripping thriller where right, wrong and believability are sacrificed for good old "shoot 'em up" action. It is a struggle to meld the two...

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

While it had some pleasing visual moments courtesy of the cinematography, the film slowly trails off to a ridiculous ending, ultimately robbing it of any real credibility...

2.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It wants to be a modern "Taxi Driver"; it manages to be the new Falling Down, with Foster as fierce as ever...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Of course it helps that he has the finest actress of the last 30 years as his leading lady. Forget your Linda Hamiltons, Geena Daviss or Sigourney Weavers, Foster is the iron woman of modern cinema. From The Accused to The Silence of the Lambs, Nell, Panic Room and Flight Plan, she has time and again shown her on-screen fortitude, feistiness and finesse, mixing vulnerability with a touch of the vigilante. Which of course makes her an ideal fit for this role. Like TV's favourite new serial killer Dexter, she is cleaning up the city by taking out the trash, and given Christchurch's current reputation for street crime her actions are likely to find favour with local audiences. Now if only she was running for mayor...

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

More galling than that, Erica develops an intimate friendship with Sean who, as the voice of reason, engages us before playing turncoat to facilitate a morally suspect and frankly very silly ending. Ironically, the makers of The Brave One appear to lack gumption...

2.0

Nothing New

If you are old enough to remember Charles Bronsons: Death Wish then just imagine Jodie Foster with the gun instead. Somehow Jodie just doesn't quite carry it off. Not a BOMB though. I could see how anyone who hasn't heard of Charles Bronson might enjoy it.

2.0

yeah?

Jodi Foster as a pseudo-superhero, is neither our hero nor villian. Throughout the film her actions are both predictable and unimaginative. Her sultry audio acounts of urban derieves are grating and one is left uninspired by a very two dimensional narrative.

2.0

Wanna watch Jodie Foster kick some bad guy butt?

Yes? Then this is the movie for you!!! If you manage to ignore the reasonably unbelievable story line, this is a great movie with a strong cast and a number of exciting "girlpower" action scenes. I was a little shocked by the level of violence at the very beginning of the movie but these early scenes are crucial to set the stage for the rest of the film....

4.0