The Brave One

  • 18
  • Neil Jordan (2007)
  • US / Aus
  • 117 min
The Brave One
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

After a brutal attack lands her in hospital and leaves her fiancé dead, radio talk-show host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is driven to take the law into her own hands. Foster brings real emotional depth to the role, particularly in the first half hour when Erica struggles to step outside her New York apartment. Quite rightly, director Neil Jordan doesn't take short cuts to the point where she finally picks up a gun, but as Erica descends into a spiral of violence, it becomes increasingly difficult to stick with her. Her empathy with an unwitting cop (Terrence Howard) is one of many grating contrivances that lamely serves to justify her actions. The ending is even tougher to swallow. It's a gutsy turn by Foster: what a shame the film-makers lacked the courage to follow through.

Plot Summary

Revenge thriller starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. A mugging in Central Park leaves radio show host Erica Bain badly injured and her fiancé dead. Deeply traumatised after the attack, Erica begins a campaign of vengeance against New York's underworld. As the city's criminals start turning up dead, the NYPD's Detective Mercer is assigned to find out who's taking the law into their own hands.

Cast and crew

Cast

Erica Bain
Jodie Foster
Detective Mercer
Terrence Howard
David
Naveen Andrews
Detective Vitali
Nicky Katt
Carol
Mary Steenburgen
Jackie
Carmen Ejogo
Mortell
Lenny Venito
Chloe
Zoë Kravitz
Nicole
Jane Adams (2)
Cash
Blaze Foster

Crew

Director
Neil Jordan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Sep 2007
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama