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The Brave One (2007)

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Struggling to recover emotionally from a brutal assault that killed her fiancé and left her in a coma, a radio personality begins a quest for vengeance against the perpetrators that leaves a bloody trail across New York City.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Roderick Taylor (screenplay), Bruce A. Taylor (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Foster ... Erica Bain
Terrence Howard ... Detective Mercer
Nicky Katt ... Detective Vitale
Naveen Andrews ... David Kirmani
Mary Steenburgen ... Carol
Ene Oloja Ene Oloja ... Josai
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Lee
Blaze Foster Blaze Foster ... Cash
Rafael Sardina ... Reed
Jane Adams ... Nicole
Gordon MacDonald Gordon MacDonald ... Murrow
Zoë Kravitz ... Chloe
John Magaro ... Ethan
Victor Colicchio Victor Colicchio ... Cutler
Jermel Howard ... Thug on Subway
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Storyline

Erica Bain is a happy radio host from a city she loves and with a fiancé she adores. However, a brutal attack in New York's Central Park changes her life forever, leaving her in a coma for 3 weeks and her fiancé dead. In an attempt to feel safer after the attack, she buys a gun. However New York does not feel the same as it did anymore and Erica has several encounters where she is not afraid to use her new gun. Everyone is talking about a vigilante and Erica is forced to talk about them too on her radio show... Written by Abby

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dog | park | gun | detective | death | See All (258) »

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How many wrongs to make it right?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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The original script was written by father/son writing team Bruce A. Taylor and Roderick Taylor. Cynthia Mort was brought in as a third screenwriter to give the script a female voice. See more »

Goofs

At the scene where the two thugs were killed in the subway wagon an officer picks up a spent casing, and states that it is a 9mm and was fired from an automatic weapon. You can't tell by the casing of a cartridge what kind of gun it was fired from, and, besides that, the officer mistakes the Kahr K9 for an automatic, when it is in fact a sub-automatic. See more »

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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, like he has every morning since the 1960s. And today I walked by the acres of scaffolding outside what used to be the Plaza Hotel. And I thought about Eloise....
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Ven Aqui Mama
Written by Pharrell Williams (as P. Williams) and S.M. Cabral
Produced by The Neptunes
Performed by Sergio Veneno
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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
12 February 2008 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

"I think someone should just take this city and just... just flush it down the f***in' toilet", says Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), in "Taxi Driver". He wants to protect the young prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster) from some pigs, and give her a better future. 31 years later, Iris is a popular radio host whose fiancé (Naveen Andrews) is killed in a random attack. She decides to avenge him, and other helpless people, with her own hands.

If not for Jodie Foster's presence, I probably wouldn't bother watching "The Brave One" (even though I admire most of Neil Jordan's films). It's easy to call this a morally sick movie, because that's what is... but it's not sicker than any other bloody action thriller out there. Watching a "fragile" woman like Foster becoming Charles Bronson in skirts is both entertaining and (questionably) gratifying. Who's never fantasized: what if I could just kill all the scum around me? Like "Falling Down" and so many other flicks, "The Brave One" appeals to our lower instincts, and - mildly - makes us imagine what would we do in Jodie's shoes, and how "simple and satisfying" it'd be just to kill them all. That'd be the easiest, quickest 'solution' to our nightmares, and on a second look, that's not as sick as we'd think... just desperate and cathartic.

Far from being a great movie or intellectually instigating as, say, "Dogville", "The Brave One" is worth seeing for Jodie's performance and for its unapologetic badassery in times of false, excessive morality. 6.5/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,471,488, 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$36,793,804

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,787,394
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2.39 : 1
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