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This movie is hard to find. It is worth finding.. It is dark, sad, not a fun ride. Well acted, directed, written. Critics panned it. Yet audiences have found it. Johnny did a masterful job in telling a story no one wants told. As a side note, it was filmed in Kern County where I live. I heard that each evening he brought the entire cast and crew into town for dinner. He and they were respectful, friendly and polite, and big tippers. This film was done early in his career. I'm sorry he got discouraged, because he has great insight into life and people.
A brave movie about a brave man. Because the film is so engaging, we, the audience, are put in the same situation as the protagonist. What will you do if you had to choose between yourself and the common good ? What if something horrible can be used to save lives? The film talks about the inner conflict between what is right and what is necessary, in extreme conditions. There are no clichés or special effects, just an original story and pure psychological drama. Johnny Depp makes a great lead character by giving an intense performance and of course Marlon Brando's appearance is unforgettable. Also great framing and appropriate soundtrack. A must see movie!
Cliched, somewhat racist story of the last week of a man, who is about to die. For a better movie on the same premise, see Hana-bi (1997) by Takeshi Kitano.
Maybe it's a good thing Depp didn't direct anything else, but it does lack a lot in sense and/or direction (not necessarily a director's direction).
Bad. Teenage boy fantasy of a 'cool edgy film.' A mix of hyper-Lynchian atmosphere and "Kooky Weirdness (R)" mixed with overly sentimental god-bless bs. Cut the cheesy sex scene, cut the mystical father, cut the drug dealer friend, cut some of the corny music-- y'know, cut like an hour out-- focus on how much of a loser this guy is to his family and his pact with Brando as his redemption... woulda been like 80x better.
That said, Brando was definitely the best part of the film. Apparently he improvised the thing too.
Johnny Depp's directorial debut is a bit heavy-handed and awkward in places. A literally very dark adaptation of a Gregory McDonald novel-the director of photography needs to get away from silhouette shots and filming in the dark-leaves your eyes straining to follow the story. The material in itself is good, but self-indulgent and slow direction moves this film into the realm of the laborious. One of Marlon Brando's last films.
not bad but to slow for me.
Interesting concept with a direction I did not expect. A big letdown though.
The Brave is actor Johnny Depp's debut film as a director and while the film is flawed in many ways it must be said that it is a pretty decent attempt, Depp who became a household name in the late 80's and early 90's directs and stars in a tale about a Native American man who is willing to go to very extreme lengths to provide for his family. Based on a novel that has a similar story Depp's first attempt at directing isn't a bad one but it is clear that there is significant room for improvement as the film goes on for far too long and it is also a bit slow to start however the second half of the film is extremely powerful and the ever consistent Depp is magnificent in the starring role.
Raphael is a native American man who lives in a slum-junkyard neighborhood with his wife and two children and he makes a little money be selling scrap items that he finds in the rubbish. When Raphael is offered a substantial amount of money to appear in a snuff film that would leave his family with a modest home and enough spare cash to get by for a while he agrees to do it and he is then given a week to live before appearing in the film. Raphael decides that he will spend a small portion of his cash on gifts for his wife and kids so he can have one last week of peace and joy with the family he loves.
The Brave is by no means a masterpiece in fact it is far off it as the film's narrative is pretty weak between the first and final sequences and it definitely runs far too long for it's own good but Depp plays the character of Raphael with such passion and heart and he clearly shows that there are a lot of things he would do for family by making a film of this like and he is as good as usual in this one. That the film was so widely panned by critics at the Cannes Festival will remain a mystery to me because while it has it's faults there are much worse films out there.
I really wanted to watch this film but couldn't find it for many years... Now i did see it and boy was it worth the wait! It's a very beautiful film, filled with many ideas, visual wonders & a haunting Johnny Depp! The cast is awesome, Brando is bringing some acting masterness in his short cameo. A really good film. Too Bad Depp hasn't directed any other films, he's got a lot to say....