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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

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 ... 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

David Kirmani,a medical professional, lives in an apartment with his sweetheart, Erica Bain, a radio host, and his dog. They usually take the dog out for a stroll in nearby Central Park and let him run and fetch. One day while at the park they let the dog run without a leash, and when he does not return or respond to their calls, they frantically search for him. They eventually find him being held by three men who want a reward. When David refuses, they start to molest Erica and David intervenes. Two of the men assault the couple, while the third uses a camcorder to film this incident. Erica is knocked unconscious, and regains her senses several days later in a hospital. She is told the shocking news that David was killed and the dog is missing. A traumatized Erica returns home to try and regain her life. She also visits the police station but does not get much help. Fearful of a repeat of this type of incident, she gets an unlicensed gun and carries it with her all the time. One day ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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dog | park | gun | detective | death | See All (253) »

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How many wrongs to make it right?


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valiente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,471,488, 16 September 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,793,804, 29 November 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,972,815
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Neil Jordan had never shot a movie in New York City before. See more »

Goofs

In the scene during Murrow's murder investigation where Mercer is looking over the parking lot fence to the ground below, he then turns and walks toward Murrow's car. At that point you see his gun and extra magazine on the same side of his body. No trained police officer, especially a detective, would have both his weapon and extra magazine on the same side of his body (unless the magazine pouch is situated in a way for the opposing hand to draw the magazine, such as in a horizontal magazine pouch) because it would take too long for him to swap the weapon into the other hand then reach around to grab his extra magazine. The proper way would be to have his magazine on the opposite side of his body than where his gun is drawn from the holster. See more »

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[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, 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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Connections

References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Burning On Both Ends
Written by Darryl Carter and Mack Rice
Performed by Willie Singleton
Courtesy of Stax Records
By Arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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satisfyingly full-circle
12 February 2008 | by jess-154See all my reviews

So what would it take to turn a happy 30-something New Yorker, in love with her city and her fiancée, into a cold blooded murderer? How about being attacked and brutally beaten in Central Park by a gang of thugs, then waking up in hospital only to find out that the love of your life has been buried while you were in a three week long coma.

The Brave One takes you on a journey of what it means to loose everything, to become a shadow of yourself, propelled by a very strong performance by Jodi Foster as Erica Bain. We watch as she finds herself crippled by fear, unable to step over the threshold between her home and the city she once felt safe in, now turned against her. When she does find the strength to leave, she's caught up in a convenience store shooting and surprises herself by killing the attacker. And so begins her mission to take the law into her own hands, killing those who abuse, taunt and betray, yet always remaining the victim of violence On the way, she catches the attention of NYPD Detective Mercer (Terrence Howard), the lead investigator in what becomes known as the "vigilante killings". They form a close bond, though the basis of it is not always clear. It's a pity that so much of the film's focus is on the murders, preventing the audience from exploring Erica's character deeper. You wonder why she has no friends and what her logic is for not seeking help when she is clearly loosing her mind. However, what the narrative may lack depth and dimension is balanced out by the cinematography, most notably the artful juxtaposition of tender love making and gory violence to signify her pain. And while the ending may feel like somewhat of an anti-climax after spending the past two hours jumping out of your seat, it never the less brings the journey satisfyingly full-circle.

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