The Brave One

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"How many wrongs to make it right?"
  • R
  • 2007
  • 2 hr 2 min
  • 6.7  (63,277)
  • 56

The Brave One is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, and Naveen Andrews. The film follows the story of Erica Bain (Jodie Foster), a New York City radio host, who becomes a vigilante after suffering a brutal attack that leaves her fiancé dead and she herself barely alive.

Erica's life takes a dramatic turn into a downward spiral after the tragedy that took away the love of her life. She finds herself increasingly anxious and paranoid as she struggles to recover from the attack. It is only after she is confronted with a situation where she is forced to defend herself that she discovers the empowering feeling of taking justice into her own hands.

As her thirst for revenge grows, Erica starts carrying a handgun for protection and begins to hunt down the criminals who roam the streets of her city. Though her quest for justice brings her some measure of satisfaction, she quickly realizes that the line between being a victim and a perpetrator is much thinner than she ever could have imagined.

Throughout the film, Erica is in constant conflict between the need to be a hero and the fear of becoming a monster. As she makes her way through the grimy underbelly of the city, she gets to know Detective Mercer (Terrence Howard), who is working on the case of the vigilante that has been killing criminals in New York. As she continues her crusade for justice, Erica must keep her identity hidden from Mercer, who is starting to close in on her.

One of the central themes of the movie is justice versus revenge. Erica is consumed by her desire for revenge and begins targeting anyone who she deems a threat to society. As she goes on her rampage, she becomes a hero to some and a nightmare to others. Meanwhile, Detective Mercer is hell-bent on solving the case of the city's vigilante, but as Erica's vigilantism becomes more prevalent, he finds himself questioning if she is really doing anything wrong.

Jodie Foster's performance in The Brave One is nothing short of amazing. She manages to convey Erica's range of emotions without ever devolving into melodrama. Her nuanced performance not only makes Erica a believable character but also brings to light the psychological motivations behind her vigilante justice. Terrence Howard is equally impressive as the law enforcement officer who is determined to catch the vigilante but also sympathizes with her cause.

The Brave One is a well-made movie that lingers with the viewer long after the credits have rolled. It tackles complex themes such as justice, violence, and vigilantism with maturity and nuance, and is a must-watch for anyone interested in exploring the darker corners of the human psyche. If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, you won’t be disappointed by this movie.

The Brave One is a 2007 crime movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 2 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 56.

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