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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 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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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$36,793,804

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,787,394
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Curtis the dog is played by two Belgian Malinois named Sloth and Butch. See more »

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Police say there were no eyewitnesses to a killing on the New York subway and resort to tracking down a passenger to get a possible description...even though NYC subway conductors look up and down the platform at each stop to make sure doorways are clear, which is why this train remained stopped with its doors open when one of the bodies fell out. 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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good idea, bad execution
8 May 2008 | by undercutter6402See all my reviews

This movie just seemed really forced. Forced plot devices, forced dialogue, it just did not seem natural at all. Everybody talks like they are 'in' on the script. Jodie Foster does an excellent job, as always, but there is just too much self-conscious narrative to save this.

Furthermore I really don't understand why the protagonist was labeled as a vigilante. She was nothing of a kind. Everything she did was in pure self defence. First she kills a guy who is hunting her down with a gun in a grocery store, then she kills 2 guys in the subway who put a gun and a knife to her throat and try to rape her, and so on. What's vigilante about that? The only thing she did wrong was to get an unlicensed weapon, other than that she was completely justified in doing all the killings - if somebody points a gun in your direction with an intent to kill, you have to protect yourself. Even in New York.

May be the movie would be better if it had a better social commentary on how women are in constant danger of violence in our society, regular and sexual, and how they are criminalized if they try to use force to protect themselves, but the movie never got that deep


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