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The Brave One

HOW MANY WRONGS TO MAKE IT RIGHT?

braveoneNYC¬†radio host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) and her boyfriend (Naveen Andrews) are attacked in Central Park; he is beaten to death and Erica‚Äôs grief isn‚Äôt relieved until she buys a gun and shoots the first criminal she sees.¬†Death Wish¬†(1974) gets a modern and surprisingly effective remake in the hands of a very persuasive filmmaker. There are many similarities to the original, but the script treats the classic dilemma with greater intelligence; its final conclusion is hardly moral but it is interesting to see how this film reflects the problem with the ‚Äúwar on terror‚ÄĚ. Foster brilliantly balances the roles of a victim and an avenger; Terrence Howard is also good as an almost equally damaged cop.

2007-U.S. 122 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Susan Downey, Joel Silver. Directed by Neil Jordan. Screenplay: Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor, Cynthia Mort. Cast: Jodie Foster (Erica Bain), Terrence Howard (Mercer), Naveen Andrews (David Kirmani), Carmen Ejogo, Nicky Katt, Mary Steenburgen.

Last word: “The movie is not about vengeance; I think it‚Äôs actually about rage. She loves this city but also hates it ‚Äď in the way she loves this part of herself emerging that‚Äôs authentic and real but also despicable and hateful.” (Foster, New York Magazine)

 

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