“The Brave One”

braveone.jpgJodie Foster
Terrence Howard
Naveen Andrews
Nicky Katt
Mary Steenburgen

R           122min           2007

”Why don’t they stop me?” Erica Bain wonders. Bain, a popular New York radio host, watched her fiancé die and nearly last her own life to a vicious, random attack. Now she discovers a stranger within herself, an armed wanderer in the urban night, out for vengeance and of war with her own soul.

“The Brave One” is Jodie Fosters best work in awhile. She plays the duality of the character perfectly. She is clearly a character that has snapped but has not gone off the deep end. The story leaves you questions of morality. It’s one of those rare dramas that really gave me a gut check to ask myself how far was too far for this character and how far who I have gone.

Jodie Foster’s character has an despicable act of violence laid upon her and her fiancée. She after recovering she is a change person. It is the fact of trying to find a semblance of normal in this new world she is facing that she does an amazing job at. You question if she is truly all right and if she ever will be at the end.

“The Brave One” stays the middle ground leaving the viewer to decide based on their on morality and value system. All the violence she enacts can be justified but the question is that is it right. That question it left to the viewer every single time I think that it makes the film more interesting. At what point in the film does her fight for vengeance become excessive.

Those questions made me really take a gut check of me. Others that watched the film all had different points when they thought she had crossed the line of justified to become the same thing that created her. It this reason that we have laws to govern us, but its also about what do we do when those laws fail to protect us and let us protect ourselves. It’s a question you will have to ask yourselves and “The Brave One” gives great examples to start dialogues of conversation as heated as the sands of the Sahara.

There is only one featurette and some additional scenes that comprise the special feature section of this disc. The movie previews for the movie are for “Michael Clayton”, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford”, “Get Smart”, and “Shoot Em Up”.

I give it 4/5.


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