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The Brave One Reviews

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July 25, 2016
Intense and emotional, The Brave One led by Jodie Foster delivers her best performance ever!
June 6, 2016
Jodie Foster is one hell of an actress. I saw her in taxi driver less than 2 years ago and she was remarkable in that. I think the first time I saw her though was in Panic Room with a young Kristen Stewart and she was pretty good. However now the work I've gone back and checked out of her is really something. I recently saw Money Monster and she is a fabulous director and both as that and actress she knows how to tell a story. Here in the brave one she plays a radio host who is haunted by the death of her Boyfriend but slowly becomes more confident and more willing to fight back against mindless thugs in the street. The Brave one is a solid crime thriller from the 2 time Oscar winner.
Foster plays Erica Bain a radio host in New York. She is dating her boyfriend david who works in a hospital. One night on a stroll through the park the two of them come across 3 thugs who give them some trouble. The thugs then proceed to sexually harass Erica and then beat david to death. Erica also gets beaten but manages to survive. reeling from the death of her lover Erica decides to get an illegal firearm to protect her self. As the movie progresses Erica quickly learns how to use it as she kills any criminal that tries to attack her or the weak. This attracts the attention of detective Sean Mercer who is hot on her trail.
it's a real gritty picture with good cinematography. Pacing was pretty decent and it also had really interesting lighting usage. For director Neil Jordan this was a much better directorial effort than The Crying Game. He gives us a more precise more intriguing crime story. He gets a great performance out of Jodie foster, Terrence howard among others
Speaking of Jodie foster, she gets pretty intense here at times. However erica is also a really broken soul that has her guard up more than ever after that incident. it was an interesting choice having Erica bain be a radio dj that could in a poetic manner tell the people about your home and all that makes up that particular place good and bad. in this case its NY. Took me a while to also notice how clever it was to have the character's profession be something where people don't see you as she is a vigilante who also for a while goes unseen. Erica gets more confident and more trigger ready than before and it really shows at the end
In conclusion The Brave One is an excellent picture that even shows New York in a poetic and deep light.
March 3, 2016
Jodie Foster channels her inner Travis Bickle in this interesting, yet slightly uninspired take on the revenge-thriller. Though "the Brave One's" opening minutes make way for a potentially provocative statement on gender expectations, feminism, and the role of a female in a heterosexual relationship, what unfolds is a mostly by-the-numbers vengeance flick that could have just as easily been spearheaded by a man without much of the narrative changing in the process. Missed thematic opportunities aside, it's still pretty cool seeing Jodie kicking some ass and taking names. Some major props also go to Neil Jordan and Terrence Howard for using their respective talents to elevate this piece up to watchable levels.
January 16, 2016
she's FN hard in this movie. critics don't know S. Inspires people not to be victims
½ January 12, 2016
Utterly asinine. But Terrence Howard do the best as he does always.
½ November 28, 2015
Jodie Foster is believable as always and Terrence Howard plays a good detective. A realistic look at one woman's fight for justice.
September 12, 2015
Really want to see it
September 2, 2015
Jodie Foster leads this film with strong magnetic energy and the chemistry between her and Terrence Howard.
September 1, 2015
This looks like a really good one!!! Plus. . . . Jodie Foster, duh!!
August 30, 2015
I really liked it. Jodie foster was great in this movie. Very interesting concept and a raw look at what's it like to lose someone. Very visceral and violent.
April 13, 2015
Back in the '70s, Robert Deniro took drastic "true" action to save Jodie Foster's life in the towering masterpiece that is "Taxi Driver." Now it's Jodie's turn. Like most vigilante films that aren't "Taxi Driver," this one is pure, old fashioned exploitation. But Foster, one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, turns her character into a full-fledged human being, a cut above any one of the "Death Wish" sequels. You find yourself rooting for her even as she does horrible things. A new and surprising twist on an old favorite.
½ April 12, 2015
Good and gritty. A fine performance by Jodie Foster
½ February 17, 2015
good suspencer from director of 'the crying game'
January 17, 2015
Jodie Foster muy buena como siempre en una pelicula que mantiene la tensión en casi todo su metraje , con muy buena fotografia y la parte final cuando es enfocada desde arriba corriendo , falla en algunos aspectos del guión , pero en general una pelicula aceptable
½ January 13, 2015
Entretenida, pero si no la ves no pasa nada
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January 2, 2015
Jodie Foster have been a fav actress to me ever since i saw Silence of the lambs and she seems to always take her roles quite seriously and act them very well. This thriller movie follow the story about the radio host "Jodie" and her new life after a brutal attack and death of her fiance. She wants to revenge in some way.. I have seen this type of movies with similar story many times before. Overall this was a nice flick and i had a good time watching it.
August 16, 2014
(First and only viewing - In my early twenties)
August 11, 2014
it's jodie! got to support! the story plot seems.. urhmm!
½ August 8, 2014
How does someone who has never shot a gun before start killing people across the city and then runs away from each murder? What information did the little girl have? It was such a big deal at the beginning and it was never mentioned what she knew. Farfetched and too many plot holes. I also got to wondering how many black jackets Jodie Foster's character owns since she throws one away after almost every murder.
July 25, 2014
Another Jodie Foster masterpiece. Her performance is exemplary as well as Terrance Howard who plays Detective Mercer. It's much more than a revenge shooter who goes around knocking off low-lifes. The plot is very well constructed, never slows down with menial nothingness that plagues a lot of films. All the scenes have a defined purpose, and the ending will leave you thinking.
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