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The Brave One

4.7 10
Director: Neil Jordan

Cast: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt


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Neil Jordan's The Brave One stars Jodie Foster as a happy woman whose life changes irrevocably after a brutal assault leaves her partner (Naveen Andrews) dead. The woman, feeling that the police investigation will be unable to catch the perpetrators, begins to live in constant fear. This outlook results in the woman eventually dispatching vigilante justice.


Neil Jordan's The Brave One stars Jodie Foster as a happy woman whose life changes irrevocably after a brutal assault leaves her partner (Naveen Andrews) dead. The woman, feeling that the police investigation will be unable to catch the perpetrators, begins to live in constant fear. This outlook results in the woman eventually dispatching vigilante justice. Terrence Howard co-stars as the officer in charge of the investigation.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An artfully crafted vigilante flick that benefits endlessly from a simmering lead performance by Jodie Foster, a memorable turn by supporting player Terrence Howard, and the intoxicating direction of veteran filmmaker Neil Jordan, The Brave One offers a fairly predictable yet thought-provoking meditation on the transformative power of revenge before a last-minute twist highlights how even the most righteous can succumb to their hunger for justice under the right circumstances. Robbed of her fiancé and rendered comatose by a murderous gang of street thugs, popular radio show host Erica Bain (Foster) eventually awakens to discover just how cruel fate can be. Erica is shattered to learn that her fiancé was killed in the vicious attack, and soon becomes wary of venturing outside alone. Returning to the apartment to begin the emotional recovery process, Erica is frightened by the fearful stranger that seems to have taken her over from within. It is at this point that Erica realizes that despite having never been afraid of anything in the past, she now fears the city she once called home and remains unable to venture out onto the streets without the reassurance that she will always remain in control of her fate. Jordan's technique of expressing his protagonist's churning malaise as she takes her first steps toward recovery is undeniably effective, and Foster offers a fascinating portrayal of a woman who never realized her own true nature until she began to grasp the profound true nature of fear itself. Likewise, Howard -- coming off yet another memorable performance in Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party -- proves once again that he is one of the most talented character actors in the film industry with his role as a frustrated police officer seeking justice against a powerful businessman who seems untouchable. The connection between Foster and Howard's characters is truly the heart of the film, and both actors are note perfect in their many scenes together (the scene in which they discuss the vigilante spree at a diner counter in particular shows both the actors and the director at the peak of their creative powers). What ultimately sets The Brave One apart from the vast majority of vigilante films is that while it never denies the viewer the cathartic release of seeing Foster go Mrs. 9mm on the worst scum that the city has to offer, it's the protagonist's compelling quest to connect with that mysterious inner stranger that will truly have viewers pondering their own stances on capital punishment and the consequences of taking the law into your own hands.

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Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

I Walk the City: Director Neil Jordan crafts a movie that pays homage to the vigilante film genre - and turns it on its head; Intimate and moving additional scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Erica Bain
Terrence Howard Detective Sean Mercer
Nicky Katt Detective Vitale
Naveen Andrews David Kirmani
Mary Steenburgen Carol
Ene Oloja Josai
Luis Da Silva Lee
Blake Foster Cash
Rafael Sardina Reed
Jane Adams Nicole
Gordon MacDonald Murrow
Zoe Kravitz Chloe
John Magaro Ethan
Victor Colicchio Cutler
Jermel Howard Thug on Subway
Dennis White Thug on Subway
Julia Garro Shauna Nelson
Brian Delate Detective Pitney
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
Nguyen Anh Hoa 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
Jeffery Manko Emergency Room Doctor
Mick Cunningham Precinct Cop
Lisa Joyce CPA Worker
Tom Greer Desk Cop
David Naizir Guy Outside Subway Station
Robert Michael McClure Sound Engineer
Tashya Valdevit Erica's Nurse
Lai-Si Fernandez Shauna's Friend
Moises Acevedo Reed's Runner
Jack Caruso Subway Detective
Jim Taylor McNickle Subway Detective
Rosanne C. Lucarelli Subway Reporter
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
Benjamin Wallfisch Conductor

Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director,Screenwriter
Aaron Auch Associate Producer
Nick Banes Sound Mixer
Bobby Beckles Stunts
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Chick Bernhardt Stunts
Jill Brown Stunts
Jared Burke Stunts
John Cenatiempo Stunts
Wayne Cerullo Stunts
Darren Cerullo Stunts
Chris Barnes Stunts
Bob Colletti Stunts
Blaise Corrigan Stunts
Douglas Crosby Stunts
Vince Cupone Stunts
Susan Downey Producer
Peter Epstein Stunts
Roy Farfel Stunts
Jodie Foster Executive Producer
Jeremy Fry Stunts
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
David Gambino Co-producer
Jeffrey Lee Gibson Stunts
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Robert Guerra Art Director
Grant Wilfley Casting Incorporated Casting
Chris Jennings Sound Mixer
Henry Kingi Stunts
Tony Lawson Editor
David Lomax Stunts
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Cynthia Mort Screenwriter
Tom Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Neal Norton Camera Operator
Kyra Panchenko Makeup
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Stephen Pope Stunts
Dave Pope Stunts
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Michael Rufino Stunts
Joel Silver Producer
Jason Stasium Sound Mixer
Philip Stockton Sound/Sound Designer
Jill Stokesberry Stunts
Bruce A. Taylor Original Story,Screenwriter
Roderick Taylor Original Story,Screenwriter
Catherine Marie Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Vincent Stunts
Chrissy Weathersby Stunts
Nick Wollage Sound Mixer
Kristi Zea Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brave One
1. On-Air Credits [3:39]
2. The Whole Deal [4:47]
3. Park Attack [2:32]
4. Doing Our Thing [3:47]
5. Doesn't Feel Like That [2:56]
6. Invaded Dreams [4:11]
7. I Realize How Difficult [4:19]
8. Illegal Purchase [3:45]
9. You Don't Let Go [2:15]
10. Corner Store [3:34]
11. Stranger Inside [4:47]
12. When It Touches You [4:54]
13. Subway Targets [3:56]
14. Every Bullet Hit Home [4:05]
15. Gone and Back Now [4:21]
16. Become Someone Else [4:51]
17. Backseat Show [3:58]
18. Windshield Wipeout [2:04]
19. Audience Profile [5:37]
20. When You Can't Sleep [3:05]
21. Going to Leave a Scar [4:54]
22. Friend at an Interview [4:56]
23. Just the Face [2:57]
24. The Lineup [5:30]
25. Someone Close to Me [4:36]
26. Private Searches [2:29]
27. Getting the Message [4:17]
28. 90 Clayton Ave [3:29]
29. I Have the Right [2:33]
30. Never a Vigilante [4:46]
31. End Credits [4:03]


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The Brave One 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trauma, severe trauma, can unleash aspects of the human personality that may appear as a stranger within. Such is the premise for this well-constructed film by Neil Jordan (screenplay by Roderick Taylor and Bruce Taylor), and while the neither concept of trauma-altered personality or revenge tales is new, THE BRAVE ONE alters the vengeance idea just enough to make it credible and to even draw the viewer into believing that what the character is doing is justified and right! And that is perhaps the most frightening aspect of this terrifying film. Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is a night radio talk show performer, a woman who walks the city of New York gathering sounds and observing the mysteries of the 'safest big city' and relates her observations poetically to a large radio audience. Erica is engaged to young physician David (Naveen Andrews) and the couple are very much in love. One night on an evening stroll with their dog they are attacked by thugs, beaten with pipes, and David is killed while Erica narrowly survives. Upon awakening from her coma she is devastated by her loss of David and becomes a strangely haunted woman, unable to sleep, unable to get immediate help from the police, and turns to purchasing a gun in an attempt to right the wrongs she has suffered. This new 'person' or 'stranger within' happens to witness a murder in a little store and to her amazement she responds by killing the murderer. A similar situation happens on the subway where two thugs threaten people, threaten Erica, and Erica again responds by killing the thugs. She feels driven to avenge the death of her David, but at the same time fears her own inner stranger. Erica returns to her radio show, under changing instructions form her boss Carol (Mary Steenburgen), and finds the changes in her psyche result in bracing her listeners about fear on the streets. In her audience is Detective Mercer (Terrence Howard) who has personal problems related to the fact that he has been unable to arrest a known killer. Mercer connects with Erica in various ways, she interviews him for her show, and the two bond. Erica trusts Mercer, wants to share what she is doing, yet hears his frustration about not being able to seek his own brand of revenge frustration against the oily killer he pursues, and decides to eliminate that trauma for Mercer. As the tension builds, the identity of Erica's assailants is discovered, and how she deals with these thugs (and with Mercer's interaction in the solution) forms the surprising ending for the film. Too little has been written and said about the quality of performances from both Foster and Howard in this tense thriller. These two actors deliver performances so sensitive in execution that memories of previous similar films evaporate. This is a tough film to watch for all the violence not only on the screen but from within the characterizations by the actors (with the capable direction of Neil Jordan), but it is for this viewer one of the strongest films of the year. Perhaps now that the DVD can be viewed within the safety of the home more people will pay attention to a film that deserves awards. Grady Harp
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DianaNY More than 1 year ago
Action-packed! Jodie Foster does a real phenomenal job in this movie, as well as the other actors & actresses! This movie has a lot of stimulation in it! The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat, you don't lose interest while watching this one, & it's anyone's guess as to where the plot is going! I first saw the last half of it on TV, & I was so intrigued by it, that I had to order the DVD for myself, so I could watch it in entirety! One of those rare ones that you don't mind watching more than once or twice! Not for young children, obviously! This is some of the very best acting that I've seen Jodie Foster perform!
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
This was written very well. like how you become else sometimes when a part of you dies. Terrence Howard is very good in this movie. this guy deserves more credit then he is given. anyway awesome ending
DesertRose More than 1 year ago
Great cast and writing. Interesting twists; I liked the interaction between Foster and Howard. The song Answer can bring tears. Interesting film.
abigailJW More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was very good, I think every woman needs to have some courage like that when it's needed of course.
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