The Brave (1997)
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Johnny Depp made his debut as a director and screenwriter with this allegorical tale of the plight of Native Americans. Raphael (Depp) is an alcoholic American Indian who lives in a hovel near a junkyard with his wife Rita (Elpidia Carillo) and his children Frankie (Cody Lightning) and Marta (Nicole Mancera); he scrapes together a meager living rescuing potentially salable items from the rubbish. Desperate to raise money, Raphael arranges to meet a wealthy man named McCarthy (Marlon Brando), who
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Johnny Depp offers further proof that Hollywood stars who attempt to extend their range are apt to exceed it.
Besides the implausibilities, the direction has two fatal flaws: it's both tediously slow and hugely narcissistic as the camera focuses repeatedly on Depp's bandana'd head and rippling torso.
...standard vengeance-is-mine stuff, gussied up with hifalutin pseudo-profundity.
It has flaws -- it has at least one major one -- but overall this is an honorable and provocative debut.
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