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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
14 September 2007 (USA) See more »
How many wrongs to make it right?
A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jodie Foster ... Erica Bain

Terrence Howard ... Detective Mercer

Nicky Katt ... Detective Vitale

Naveen Andrews ... David Kirmani

Mary Steenburgen ... Carol
Ene Oloja ... Josai

Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Lee

Blaze Foster ... Cash

Rafael Sardina ... Reed

Jane Adams ... Nicole
Gordon MacDonald ... Murrow

Zoë Kravitz ... Chloe

John Magaro ... Ethan
Victor Colicchio ... Cutler

Jermel Howard ... Thug on Subway

Dennis L.A. White ... Thug on Subway (as Dennis White)

Laila Liliana Garro ... Shauna Nelson (as Julia Garro)

James Biberi ... Detective Pitney

Brian Delate ... Detective O'Connor

Lenny Venito ... Mortell

Carmen Ejogo ... Jackie

Dana Eskelson ... Sketch Artist

Angel Sing ... Gun Dealer
Yolande Bavan ... David's Mother

Ivo Velon ... James

Tina Sloan ... Stationary Saleswoman

Jaime Tirelli ... Pawn Shop Guy

Larry Fessenden ... Sandy Combs
An Nguyen ... Ida Combs

Brian Tarantina ... Gun Store Clerk

Michael Anthony Williams ... Subway Dad

Jesus Ruiz ... Chief of Detectives
Hope Adams ... Press Conference Reporter

Joseph Melendez ... Press Conference Reporter
Ted Neustadt ... Press Conference Reporter
Brett Berg ... Ethan's Friend
Jeffrey Manko ... Emergency Room Doctor
Mick Cunningham ... Precinct Cop

Lisa Joyce ... CPA Worker

Tom Greer ... Desk Cop
David Naizir ... Guy Outside Subway Station

Bob McClure ... Sound Engineer (as Robert Michael McClure)
Tashya Valdevit ... Erica's Nurse
Lai-Si Fernandez ... Shauna's Friend

Moisés Acevedo ... Reed's Runner
Dennis Leonard Johnson ... Reed's Runner (as Dennis Johnson)

Jack Caruso ... Subway Detective
Jim Taylor McNickle ... Subway Detective
Rosanne Lucarelli ... Subway Reporter (as Rosanne C. Lucarelli)

Leif Riddell ... Subway Reporter
DeShaun Stallworth ... Subway Reporter

Michael J. Burg ... Elevator Man
Creighton James ... Elevator Man

Clayton Dean Smith ... Elevator Man
Barbara Gayle ... Elevator Woman

Anna Margaret Hollyman ... Elevator Woman

Lily Mercer ... Elevator Woman

Musto Pelinkovicci ... Russian Cab Driver
Dean Meminger ... NY1 Reporter
Cheryl Wills ... NY1 TV Anchor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Boston ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Kevin Cannon ... Relative (uncredited)
Dominick Cicco ... Pawnshop Owner (uncredited)
Vanessa DeMira ... Tenant (uncredited)
Rick Derby ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Joe Dolinsky ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Roy William Gardner ... On Air News Reporter (uncredited)
Chuck Gerena ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Bianca Giancoli ... Hooker (uncredited)

Brian Gildea ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Kalon Jackson ... Extra (uncredited)
Tina King ... Nurse (uncredited)

Isaac Orlando ... Thug (uncredited)
Loukas Papas ... Street Detective (uncredited)
Adam S. Phillips ... Driver (uncredited)

Alfredo Romeo Suarez ... Walker (uncredited)

Donna Ross ... Lady at Bar (uncredited)
Michael E. Russo ... Cameraman at press conference (uncredited)
Alia Catherine Tarraf ... Detective (uncredited)

Evelyn Vaccaro ... Pawn Shop Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Neil Jordan 
Writing credits
Roderick Taylor (screenplay) &
Bruce A. Taylor (screenplay) and
Cynthia Mort (screenplay)

Roderick Taylor (story) &
Bruce A. Taylor (story)

Produced by
Aaron Auch .... associate producer
Bruce Berman .... executive producer
Susan Downey .... producer
Jodie Foster .... executive producer
Herb Gains .... executive producer (as Herbert W. Gains)
David Gambino .... co-producer
Dana Goldberg .... executive producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Kristi Zea 
Art Direction by
Robert Guerra 
Set Decoration by
Lydia Marks 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marie Thomas  (as Catherine Thomas)
Makeup Department
Jerry DeCarlo .... hair stylist
Marjorie Durand .... makeup artist
Kelly Gleason .... makeup department head
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist: Jodie Foster
Suzy Mazzarese-Allison .... hair department head (as Suzy Mazzarese Allison)
Kyra Panchenko .... makeup artist: Jodie Foster
Barry Berger .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Kelly Gleason .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Craig Lindberg .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Josh Turi .... life casting (uncredited)
Josh Turi .... set application (uncredited)
Production Management
Sara Flamm .... production supervisor
Herb Gains .... unit production manager (as Herbert W. Gains)
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Ray Quinlan .... unit production manager (as Raymond Quinlan)
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Aspromonti .... second second assistant director (as Joe Aspromonti)
Daniela Barbosa .... additional second second assistant director
Sean Farrell .... dga trainee
Richard Patrick .... first assistant director
Michael Pitt .... second assistant director (as Michael A. Pitt)
David Catalano .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... construction coodinator (as Joseph Alfieri Jr.)
Peter Bulavinetz .... construction grip
Gary Cergol .... graphic artist
Bear Davies .... set dresser (as James Bear Davies)
Eric Dean .... art department assistant
Joseph DeLuca .... set dresser (as Joby DeLuca)
Candis Heiland .... assistant props (as Candy Heiland)
Kalina Ivanov .... storyboard artist
Edward J. Johnson .... carpenter
Darrell K. Keister .... assistant art director
Claire Kirk .... art department coordinator
James Klotsas .... assistant property master
Marion Kolsby .... assistant art director
Eric Lewin .... set dresser
Brian Mannain .... set dresser
Anthony Munafo .... assistant property master
Gus Papadopoulos .... assistant property master (as Gus Papadopolus)
Edward Pisoni .... assistant art director
Julio Daniel Rodriguez .... set dresser (as J. Dan Rodriguez)
Michael Saccio .... property master (as Michael A. Saccio)
Will Scheck .... key greensperson
Josephine Shokrian .... art department assistant
Rodney Sterbenz .... on-set dresser
Robert Topol .... master scenic artist
M. Tony Trotta .... stand-by scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... leadperson
Denis Zack .... set dresser
Stephen Caldwell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Flo Frintzilas .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Daniel Geary .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Adam Jones .... scenic shopman (uncredited)
Mark Pollard .... additional graphic artist (uncredited)
Mary Prlain .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Kevin L. Raper .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Diane Rich .... lead scenic artist (uncredited)
Diane Rich .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael Scarola .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Sha-Sha Shiau .... set decorating assistant (uncredited)
Jason Weinman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor (as Gina Alfono)
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Constanzo)
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Graziadei .... boom operator
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Ruth Hernandez .... supervising adr editor
Frank Kern .... supervising foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Tommy Louie .... second boom operator
Tommy Louie .... second cable person
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer
Philip Stockton .... sound designer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor
Alexa Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor
Christopher S. Aud .... additional sound designer (uncredited)
Lawrence Herman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Larry Hoff .... sound (uncredited)
Bret Johnson .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Jessica Parks .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeff Brink .... special effects coordinator
Ken Goodstein .... special effects technician
Charlie Simunik .... special effects foreman (as Charles R. Simunek)
Doug Facciponti .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Louie Zakarian .... prosthetic artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Glenn Allen .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital
Daniel Abramovich .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Justin Ball .... senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Justin Ball .... visual effects CGI artist: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals (uncredited)
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Jeremy Fernsler .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Brad Gayo .... senior digital compositing artist: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Manuel Rey Gonzalez .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Chris Halstead .... compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Chris Jensen .... digital intermediate colorist assist (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Scott Minter .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Joseph Oberle .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Michael Pecchia .... senior compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
David Piombino .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Rob Roth .... title graphics designer: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Luke Rowsell .... visual effects assistant (uncredited)
Danita Slaughter .... digital opticals editor (uncredited)
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Bryan Wengroff .... visual effects coordinator: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Chris 'Pinkus' Wesselman .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Chris Barnes .... stunts
Bobby Beckles .... stunts
Chick Bernhardt .... stunts (as Chick Bernhard)
Jill Brown .... stunts
Jared Burke .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Darren Cerullo .... stunts
Wayne Cerullo .... stunts
Bob Colletti .... stunts
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunts
Vince Cupone .... stunts
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Jeremy Fry .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunt double: Terrance Howard
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunt driver
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts
David S. Lomax .... stunts
Dave Pope .... stunts
Stephen A. Pope .... stunts (as Stephen Pope)
Hans Raith .... stunt double
Steven Ritzi .... stunt coordinator
Mike Rufino .... stunts (as Michael W. Rufino)
Jill Stokesberry .... stunt double: Jodie Foster
Jill Stokesberry .... stunts
Anthony Vincent .... stunts
Chrissy Weathersby Ball .... stunt double: Zoe Kravitz
Chrissy Weathersby Ball .... stunts (as Chrissy Weathersby)
Chad Knorr .... precision driver (uncredited)
Rocco Parente .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Joe Renz .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rico Omega Alston .... video assist operator (as Rico Alston)
Keith Bunting .... dolly grip
Gavin Curran .... rigging best boy
Bill Daimant .... a dolly grip
Jack English .... chief lighting technician
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Carlos Guerra)
Chris Henry .... lighting technician
Michael A. Leo .... house electrician
William MacGhee .... electrician
Gus Magalios .... best boy grip (as Constantine Gus Magalios)
Derek Murphy .... rigging gaffer
Ed Nessen .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Edward Nessen)
Neal Norton .... Steadicam operator
Neal Norton .... camera operator: "a" camera
Billy Patsos .... key rigging grip (as Bill Patsos)
George Patsos .... key grip
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... electrician
Rocco Proscia .... best boy rigging grip
Michael Rudolph .... lighting balloon technician
Louis Sabat .... grip
Daniel Salk .... video assist operator
Pierson Silver .... additional second assistant camera
Darrin Smith .... assistant chief lighting technician
Joshua Solson .... lighting technician
John Velez .... chief lighting technician (as John G. Velez)
Mike Yurich .... dolly grip
Kelly Britt .... electrician (uncredited)
Travis Cadalzo .... camera loader (uncredited)
Anne Carson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Justin Cheatham .... light board operator (uncredited)
Chris Drechsler .... electrician (uncredited)
Phaedra Eason .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Susan Heller .... electrician (uncredited)
Philip Kathrens .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Lance Mayer .... libra head technician (uncredited)
Paul C. McKenna .... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Keith McNicholas .... electrician (uncredited)
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Lance Rieck .... remote camera technician (uncredited)
Brooke Stanford .... balloon lighting supervisor (uncredited)
Jonathan Stern .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Joshua Van Praag .... electrician (uncredited)
David Woolner .... lighting balloon operator (uncredited)
J. Dan Wright .... electrician (uncredited)
J. Dan Wright .... key lighting balloon technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rori Bergman .... casting assistant
Ali Farrell .... casting associate
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Joanna Vanadia .... extras casting assistant
Jennifer Sabel .... extras casting (uncredited)
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ghilaine Bouadana .... set costumer
Mickey Carleton .... assistant costume designer
Cara Czekanski .... set costumer
Laura Downing .... wardrobe supervisor
Rachel Leek .... costumer: Ms. Foster (as Rachel J. Leek)
Jill Merritt .... set costumer
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... additional wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Natalia Parsons .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ian Blume .... assistant editor
Brian Boyd .... colorist
Pete Conlin .... post production
John Scott Cook .... first assistant editor
Rick Derby .... assistant editor
Noreen Donohoe .... post-production coordinator: Dublin
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Mo Henry .... negative manager
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Yvan Lucas .... colorist: Efilm
Devon Miller .... digital conformation: EFilm
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
David O. Rogers .... assistant editor (as David Rogers)
Jamie Turpin .... assistant editor
James Schmidt .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Adam M. Weber .... editorial production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Nick Banes .... music score mixer
Nick Banes .... music score recordist
Junah Chung .... musician
Michael Connell .... music editor
Tony Finno .... orchestra librarian
Jody Jenkins .... score synth programmer (as Jody K. Jenkins)
Chris Jennings .... music score mixer
Chris Jennings .... music score recordist
Dario Marianelli .... orchestrator
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Maggie Rodford .... music coordinator: Air-Edel
Jason Stasium .... music score mixer
Jason Stasium .... music score recordist
Benjamin Wallfisch .... conductor
Benjamin Wallfisch .... orchestrator
Nick Wollage .... music score mixer
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Jay Duerr .... additional music editor (uncredited)
Darren N. Henson .... assistant engineer: 'Answer' by Sarah McLachlan (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Peter Clores .... transportation co-captain
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain (as Steve Hammond)
Marc Scott .... driver
Other crew
Matthew Artus .... office staff assistant
Sim Bajaj .... assistant: Mr. Silver
Christina Bryant .... assistant: Ms. Downey
Max A. Butler .... production secretary (as Max Butler)
Jana Camacho .... set staff assistant
Neil Carter .... technical advisor: police
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Rebecca Chernoff .... assistant: Ms. Foster
Joe Cicchesi .... production assistant
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Renee D. Czarapata .... assistant production accountant (as Renee Czarapata)
Gary DeJesus .... set staff assistant
Jesus A. Del Rosario Jr. .... stand-in
David Dreishpoon .... craft service (as David Dreshspoon)
Kathleen Fellegara .... technical advisor
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Peggy Friend .... stand-in
Evan Gabriele .... staff assistant
Gabriel A. Gonzalez .... staff assistant
Damon Michael Gordon .... assistant location manager
Hannah Heinrich .... staff assistant
Jason Hinkel .... assistant production accountant
Ellen Houlihan .... production assistant
Lara Khajetoorians .... assistant: Ms. Downey
Jackie Koppell .... assistant: Mr. Gains (as Jacqueline Koppell)
Patricia LaMagna .... assistant: Ms. Foster (as Patty Lamagna)
Raven Leo .... special photo
Cristina Lois .... office staff assistant
Kramer Lucas .... production coordinator
Gine Lui .... location scout
Peter Marschark .... craft service (as Peter Marshark)
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Sarah J. Meyer .... assistant: Mr. Gains
David Owens .... animal trainer
Natalia Parsons .... staff assistant
Derek Peterson .... set staff assistant
Paul Polow .... set staff assistant
Nathaniel Posey .... assistant: Mr. Silver
Sonny Ritscher .... production accountant
Ilka Rivard .... production office coordinator
James Schmidt .... office staff assistant
Gwen Schroeder .... assistant production office coordinator (as Gwen Laura Schmitt)
Mary Sheibani .... assistant: Herb Gains, preparation
Christine Sheridan .... assistant: Mr. Jordan
Sha-Sha Shiau .... staff assistant
Sarah Smith .... assistant: Mr. Jordan
Eve Strickman .... set staff assistant (as Eve D. Strickman)
Robert T. Striem .... location manager
Angel R. Vasquez .... location assistant
Kyle Villegas .... staff assistant
Kevin Wigfall .... assistant: Mr. Howard (as Kevin Webb Wigfall)
Carlos A. Acosta .... location assistant (uncredited)
Brian Buttray .... production assistant (uncredited)
Luke Den Haan .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Scott Ferlisi .... location assistant (uncredited)
Evan Gabriele .... location assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hartel .... location scout (uncredited)
Lori A. Lopes .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Casey Madigan .... set production assistant (uncredited)
John J. Miralles .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Becky Morrison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kip Myers .... location scout (uncredited)
Patricia Peete .... extras (uncredited)
Daniel Pollack .... location scout (uncredited)
Eric J. Robertson .... title designer (uncredited)
Christina I. Rodriguez .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Roumie .... location scout (uncredited)
Jon Shaw .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Singh .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Solano .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron Walrod .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Michael Williams .... assistant: Neil Jordan (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Brave One" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality
122 min | Canada:119 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Before Jodie Foster was attached to this movie, the character of Erica was supposed to be a newspaper reporter. Foster changed her job to radio host because she thought that her being a print journalist didn't "didn't set a mood for the film and it wasn't as compelling in terms of the narrative" as being a radio reporter was. Foster also wanted to specify that Erica worked for the real news organization National Public Radio, but NPR declined to allow their name to be used in the movie because of the vigilante aspects of the plot.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In closed Union cities like New York, radio talent would not mix their own audio (as during the call-in); this would be done by an audio engineer/production specialist.See more »
[first lines]
Erica:[voiceover, doing her radio show] I'm Erica Bain. And as *you* know, I walk the city. I bitch and moan about it. I walk and watch and listen, a witness to all the beauty and ugliness that is disappearing from our beloved city. Last week took me to the gray depths of the East River where Dmitri Panchenko swims his morning laps...
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73 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
A line in the sand..., 16 September 2007
Author: jon.h.ochiai ( from Los Angeles, CA

Terrance Howard as Detective Mercer asks Jodie Foster's Erica how she came back from her heinous assault. Foster tellingly admits, "You become someone else…" Jodie Foster is powerful in Neil Jordan's "The Brave One". Jordan's "The Brave One" could have easily slipped into a feminist version of say perhaps "Death Wish". Foster's heart felt performance and fierce intelligence compel and enroll. Her distinct gift is that she always plays as smart as her character. She inspires with authenticity, humanity, and sheer will. Terrance Howard is an awesome screen partner and foil. He is stunning. "The Brave One" falters a little in its forced resolution; however, the screenplay and story by Roderick Taylor, Bruce Taylor, and Cynthia Mort is the tale of a woman's stand in the face of fear. I say that in the most apolitical way. "The Brave One" may be criticized for possibly glorifying vigilante justice masked as vengeance. I believe for the smart and talented Jordan and Foster, that was not what attracted them to the project. There is a poignant and moving scene as Erica (Foster) returns to her job as New York Public Radio talk show host. After a squirming lapse of silence, Erica bares her naked soul as she talks about her path back to normalcy, acknowledging she is now one of "the people who live in fear". It is hard to dismiss "The Brave One" as populist exploitation. I think that for Foster's Erica, she simply draws her line in the sand. I think that resonates with a lot of people. When I saw "The Brave One" last night, the audience was applauding at the movie's conclusion. I have not heard that in a long while. "The Brave One" strikes an emotional and cultural chord.

Jodie Foster plays Erica Bain, who is a Public Radio talk show host. Erica records the sounds of New York City and comments upon them on her show. Therein lays her affinity to the city. Erica is engaged to David Kirmani (charming Naveen Andrews), a star physician. They have a great life, and are preparing for their wedding. Then one evening while taking their dog for a walk in Central Park, they are viciously attacked by 3 thugs, who actually record the malicious beating. Note the attack is visually savage and ruthless. Erica awakes in the hospital weeks later to discover that David is dead and buried. Devastated and her life profoundly altered, Erica returns home to begin her recovery. Here Jordan and Foster touchingly illustrate Erica's haunting memories of David, in the context of the attack. Jordan's claustrophobic camera angles punctuate Erica's isolation. Eventually able to muster the courage to leave her apartment, Erica is paralyzed in fear. In an act of desperation, she illegally buys an automatic handgun. The guy selling her the gun, even says to her, "What happened to you?" Soon thereafter, Erica kills a vicious killer at a liquor store. She must now fly under the legal system radar. She chooses this dark path of vigilante justice, which can not end well. Terrance Howard plays Detective Mercer, who is vehemently frustrated by the legal system he defends, investigates the series of vigilante style murders. The charismatic and sharp Mercer, eventually hypothesizes the killer may be a "woman with a grudge". Turns out that Mercer had met Erica before. They also form a touching bond out of both compassion and shared loneliness.

Granted here Jordan and Screenwriter Mort are manipulative. Possessed by anger and vengeance Erica kills the vilest of human beings. However, Foster never plays Erica as an avenging superhero. She is fearful, angry, and poignantly acknowledges that she may be becoming no better than the criminals she kills. She is clumsy, surviving on her smarts, and all heart. On paper what she is doing is wrong. However, as an audience there is an element of muted admiration and redemption in seeing Foster's Erica emerge from helpless victim. Foster brilliantly captures Erica's transformation and quiet loss of humanity. Like in all great tragedy, the hero must come to terms with that he or she eventually becomes that which they despise. It is all about how the hero reconciles that. To that end Terrance Howard is amazing as Erica's voice of conscience—he commands an understated and quiet power.

Jordan's twist at the end may be contrived; however, I don't think that it dilutes or undermines "The Brave One"'s power. We are all for Erica's redemption and reconciliation of her very soul. Jodie Foster is so powerful and compelling as hero Erica. This is one of her best performances, and award worthy. Her performance resonates with us-- the worst and best in humanity. Neil Jordan's storytelling is edgy and brilliant. "The Brave One" is uncompromising film-making, and well worth view and thought.

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