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The Brave One -- Erica Bain watched her fiancé die and now she is a stranger to herself. An armed wanderer in New York and no one can stop her.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Roderick Taylor (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
14 September 2007 (USA) See more »
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How many wrongs to make it right?
Plot:
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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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Jodi Foster serves up a dish best served cold in revenge thriller See more (285 total) »

Cast

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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)

Renee Fishman ... Special Ability Nurse for Erica Bain's Intubation Scene (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
(WGA)
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 .... key 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)
 
Stunts
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
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)
Jesse Wagler .... digital intermediate assistant editor: Efilm (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
Carter Armstrong .... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
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
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
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
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 (background)
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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality
Runtime:
122 min | Canada:119 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Detective Vitale drives to pick up the iPod kid, he passes a woman wearing jeans walking away from the park bench as he drives up; as he is getting out of his car, we see the same woman walk right by the bench.See more »
Quotes:
[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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125 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
Jodi Foster serves up a dish best served cold in revenge thriller, 17 September 2007
Author: Birdhasflown from United States

"The Brave One," is a revenge film that is different then most revenge films. What director Neil Jordan does to separate this film from others is that he immerses the audience through the psychology and consequences when one decides to take the law into their own hands, rather then focusing on the killing spree and violence of other similar pictures.

In "The Brave One," Foster plays a radio talk show host, Erica in New York City and is caught up in the illusion of a safe, happy life. She's engaged to a handsome doctor, and carries a distinguished radio show, but all this crumbles into pieces after a fateful run in with punks in a park assault Erica and her fiancée, leaving Foster battered and bloody and her fiancée dead.

After Erica is in a coma for three weeks, the scars from the experience paralyze her emotions. Foster's raw emotion comes through in her acting with great strength, as we see this tidal wave of tragedy ruin her entire life. The city that she once loved now is seen as a dark, hostile, soulless environment as she sees the repressive pry on the weak and the law seems powerless to stop it. After failing at reaching detectives to help find her husbands killer, and her own fear for her safety, she decides to pick up a gun to protect herself.

Erica's own morality is changed forever, after she witnesses a man gunning down his wife at a connivance store. She begins to wallow and cry in fear, but her pain of her past causes her to act in anger as she guns the man down. The experience causes Erica to feel dignified and unafraid. She does not want to be an innocent, vulnerable bystander to the repressive anymore, and does not want to shy away from the repressive when they come across her.

The process of her road down to becoming an avenging angel is a slow digression, and witnessing her developing resistance towards injustice is very moving to watch. Most thrillers such as this one have plots that seem strained, but "The Brave One's" storyline gives much time for the viewer to understand Erica's emotions and the motives she chooses to signify them.

When Erica meets the detective investigating her case, she becomes fascinated with him, as she realizes that he is trying to put away a ruthless criminal who has escaped the law. To cover for her crimes, she displays interest in him through her work as a DJ and interviews the detective, played by Terrance Howard. This makes for another interesting storyline in the film. She asks him, "is there anything you can do to bring this man to justice?" His reply is, "yes, but it wouldn't be legal," Erica now decides to take the stance as a vigilante, as she decides to bring this ruthless criminal to justice herself.

Erica now becomes ensnared in the endless battle between law and justice through trying to realize where they actually diverge. Foster carries vulnerability in the film but also strength and diligence. Emotional resonance from characters that are real and relatable are hardly seen in film, giving most films a dry and unauthentic look. But Foster engrosses us in Erica's soul. Few actresses can pull off a role like Erica in film today, but Foster stands alone as one of the best character actors's working today.

The film poses controversial questions to the soul rightness of conducting vengeance on those who impart their control and power on others. How can justice prevail when the good do nothing? This question, as well as many more, is raised and the audience is left to discover their own answers on morality.

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