The Brave One

How many wrongs to make it right?


The Brave One
A New York radio talk show host is soon to be married, when she and her boyfriend are attacked by muggers. He ends up dead, she in hospital for a few days. On recovering, she finds her love for the city replaced by fear. After buying a gun, she is forced to use it in self defense, which introduces her to the art of killing. Finding some comfort in ridding the streets of scum, she seeks out more to dispose of. This attracts the attention of both the media and the cops, and soon the cop is on her radio show. One thing leads to another as cop and killer dance around each other, each trying to deal with their own moral issues about right and wrong and crime and justice. Reviews have been mixed, praising the performances and dissing the script.

120 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence).
Crime, Drama, Thriller.

Showtimes

Clint Eastwood better watch out!
Clint Eastwood better watch out!

Credits

Cast
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen, Ena Oloja
Director
Neil Jordan
ScreenplayRoderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor, Cynthia Mort
MusicDario Marianelli
CinematographyPhilippe Rousselot
EditingTony Lawson
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2007
Produced byRedemption Pictures, Silver Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures

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Trailer: Medium

Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreCrime, drama
LanguageStrong
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceStrong, frequent
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsComplex themes concerning revenge and vigilante justice.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
3
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
5
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Emma Nicholson quote iconRivetting tale of a hunt for justice.
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan quote iconThe Brave One misses the mark.
10
iAfrica.com
Nils van der Linden quote iconMissed the target
13
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
10
The Citizen
Natalie Bosman quote iconIn its exploration of the lines that people cross when provoked, The Brave One certainly is food for thought, with a different take on the concept of what a victim should be.
12
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconHigh-calibre heroine.
15
24.com
Ivan Sadler quote iconExciting, moving, and clever enough to stand out from the pack, it ventures where few other films of this kind have the guts to go.
15
BBC
Stella Papamichael quote iconIronically, the makers of The Brave One appear to lack gumption.
5
Box Office
Kevin Courrier quote iconJodie Foster’s Brave One lacks courage
1
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
18
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconNeil Jordan's ponderous, self-important movie is gradually drained of any of the momentum or force you might expect from a revenge tale.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe Brave One is a smart and thought-provoking motion picture that re-examines a genre without violating its conventions. Not since The Crying Game has Jordan crafted as compelling a motion picture.
18
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconFoster is electrifying as ego and id clash and the movie fires up with genuine provocation.
13
ScreenIt
quote iconI only wish the writing effort matched that of the stars' performances that end up pretty much being wasted amongst the banality and familiarity of it all.
9
Metacritic.com
33 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
142 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconMagnetic performances can't compensate for problematic morals.
9

What the People say

Internet
2446 Netizens quote iconJodie Foster serves up a dish best served cold in revenge thriller
14

Average .. 57%

11




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