The Brave One

The Brave One

Neil Jordan (2007)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A radio talk-show host's life is destroyed when a brutal attack leaves her hospitalised and her fiance dead. Convinced the police investigation will lead nowhere, she takes the law into her own hands and descends into a spiral of violence. Revenge thriller, starring Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen and Nicky Katt.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Neil Jordan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing, brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Sep 2007