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The Brave One
Release Date: September 14, 2007
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Neil Jordan
Screenwriter: Cynthia Mort, Neil Jordan
Starring: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen
Genre: Psychological Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong violence, language and some sexuality)
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Plot Summary: New York radio host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores. All of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public's attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective (Terrence Howard) hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path, or if she is becoming the very thing she is trying to stop. More here
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Jodie Foster has a good shot at awards recognition in this flawed but still disturbing vigilante drama.
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Take "Death Wish" and retrofit it with a post-Sept. 11 sensitivity and you've got the essence of "The Brave One," a vigilante drama boasting a powerful Jodie Foster performance and carefully weighted direction by Neil Jordan.

Even at her most ruthless, Foster never cedes her grip on the viewer’s concern
Justin Chang

Hell hath no fury like a woman with a grudge, and in “The Brave One,” Jodie Foster unleashes her rage on the mean streets of New York with the same mesmeric intensity and steely resolve that have characterized her very best performances.

Jodie Foster gives fierce performance in an otherwise flawed 'Brave One'
Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The Brave One seems to be implicitly saying that only men are capable of forceful action, only men are interesting at the centre of a moral quandary -- or at least, women who resemble men.

Were their kneecaps about to be broken?
David Edelstein
New York Magazine

What could impel Jodie Foster and director Neil Jordan to whisk us back to the bad old days of Death Wish and Ms. 45? Were their credit cards maxed out?

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