“The Brave One” Equal Opportunity Murderer

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller and Crime/Gangster
Running Time:
2 hrs. 2 min.
Release Date:
September 14th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
R for strong violence, language and some sexuality.
Distributors:
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Directed by: Neil Jordan

JJ Rating: B+

A couple is walking their dog. Their dog goes missing. The couple run calling for the dog and they find the dog with a group of guys. The guys beat them both. The man ends up dying and the woman ends up becoming someone she never thought possible. Someone born via the fear that ripped through her that awful night and she became The Brave One.

It’s two hours long. It did not feel like two hours at all. It was well paced story and well told story. It had believability that was created that stayed intact the entire time. Also Jodi Foster’s character was an equal opportunity killer. She killed white, black, Hispanic….there was no focused racial group she was after.

Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard were great together. Foster was very good with how she handled the transformation from who she was before the event and who she became afterwards. There were no abrasive bumps that made it appear she was an actor. It was as if there was a real person going through the transformation. Howard was her equal in the movie. The scene with them in the diner was one of my favorites. They are very great together that all the scenes with them are memorable but that one was suburb. It held the essence of the movie by discussing it through words and actions in that one scene. It made me really like The Brave One.

I liked the trailer for this movie because it did not tell me everything that was going to happen. It did not show the extensiveness of the attack in the park. That attack is brutal and makes me just wonder why people could justify such actions as that. The Brave One is a moral wrestling match because the people that die deserve to die, or so one might think, but what right does one single person have in deciding who is to die, how and when?

I don’t know if I’ll buy The Brave One or not but it was worth seeing. I wanted to see it and I’m not disappointed that I did. It was not only an interesting thriller it provided a great mental challenge in my head. Was what Foster did justifiable and alright? Should she be allowed to walk away? What I’m very sure about is that she shot based on good and evil and therefore, as I said before, made her an equal opportunity killer and that should make everyone from every single race pleased that she did not target a single group. She was diverse in her murders. Does that count for something? Morally right or morally wrong?

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