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The Brave One [Blu-ray] (2008)

Jodie Foster , Naveen Andrews , Neil Jordan  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Adams
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010HOZWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brave One [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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"Why don‘t they stop me?" Erica Bain wonders. Bain, a popular N.Y radio host, watched her fiancé die and nearly lost her own life to a vicious, random attack. Now she discovers a stranger within herself, an armed wanderer in the urban night, out for vengeance and at war with her own soul. Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, as Erica, joins Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, as a determined cop hot on her trail. Erica?s future is uncertain, but one thing is not: THE BRAVE ONE is a high- tension thriller that packs a visceral and emotional punch.

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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Entertaining Foster Revenge Film January 10, 2008
Format:DVD
The Brave One continues Jodie Foster's recent foray into the thriller genre. So far, she's produced some pretty good results. She shouldn't be embarassed by either Panic Room, Flightplan, or The Brave One. The writing, directing, and co-stars (Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, etc...) are all excellent and Foster is Foster.

Foster plays Erica Bain, an engaged NPR-type radio show host. One night, she and her fiance are walking in Central Park, and are viciously robbed and attacked. Her fiance is killed, and Erica is basically robbed of her happy existence by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Deciding that revenge is the only way for her to cope with her loss, she proceeds to buy a gun and go on the prowl for her attackers, while developing a friendship with a cop (played by Howard) working on the cases she creates with her vigilantism.

The Brave One shows how a traumatic event can leave psychological scars that are much worse than those of the physical variety. The movie is well-acted, and even if the ending seems unlikely, it seems fair given what has taken place.

The Brave One is a very enjoyable film about a not-so-enjoyable subject - severe trauma and its aftermath. It comes highly recommended.
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93 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance is Mine...but Who am I? February 9, 2008
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Trauma, severe trauma, can unleash aspects of the human personality that may appear as a stranger within. Such is the premise for this well-constructed film by Neil Jordan (screenplay by Roderick Taylor and Bruce Taylor), and while the neither concept of trauma-altered personality or revenge tales is new, THE BRAVE ONE alters the vengeance idea just enough to make it credible and to even draw the viewer into believing that what the character is doing is justified and right! And that is perhaps the most frightening aspect of this terrifying film.

Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is a night radio talk show performer, a woman who walks the city of New York gathering sounds and observing the mysteries of the 'safest big city' and relates her observations poetically to a large radio audience. Erica is engaged to young physician David (Naveen Andrews) and the couple are very much in love. One night on an evening stroll with their dog they are attacked by thugs, beaten with pipes, and David is killed while Erica narrowly survives. Upon awakening from her coma she is devastated by her loss of David and becomes a strangely haunted woman, unable to sleep, unable to get immediate help from the police, and turns to purchasing a gun in an attempt to right the wrongs she has suffered. This new 'person' or 'stranger within' happens to witness a murder in a little store and to her amazement she responds by killing the murderer. A similar situation happens on the subway where two thugs threaten people, threaten Erica, and Erica again responds by killing the thugs. She feels driven to avenge the death of her David, but at the same time fears her own inner stranger.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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As some have mentioned, this story has been told before. It's been told plenty of times to be more exact. The lack of originality aside though, `The Brave One' still delivers on quite a few levels and manages to leave the audience satisfied. In fact I'm a little stunned at the critical beating this movie took. Some critics made this out to be so terrible that I almost stayed away entirely. I've never been a real fan of Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard just irritates me to no end so really the film had no draw on me to begin with; and then the critics attacked and so I was left with absolutely no reason to give it a chance. Then I found myself alone and bored with nothing to do but watch TV and the only movie on Pay-Per-View I hadn't seen was `The Brave One'.

I will say this first and foremost; both Foster and Howard have never, and I mean NEVER, impressed me more than in this film. They are the beating heart here, the reason upon all reasons to give this movie a chance. Especially Foster, but I'll get to her in a minute. Howard really sunk into his role and pulled up every ounce of his characters vulnerability. I remember back in 2005 when Howard starred in `Crash' and `Hustle & Flow' and everyone was singing his praises as the next big thing. I remember so well because I didn't get it. His performance in `Crash' was choppy and uneven, a little forced even and his performance in `Hustle & Flow' was decent but to me it ended up being 70% hype and 30% delivery. Here I actually saw what everyone had been claiming to see for so long. Here I finally saw him shine.

`The Brave One' tells the tragic story of Erica Bain, a middle-aged woman about to be married to the man of her dreams when she and her fiancé are brutally attacked and their dream is shattered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do guns kill or do people kill? September 21, 2007
The Brave One was mentioned in my church during a solemn evening of prayer (on September 11) as a movie that depicts how "out of control" society becomes when we take matters into our own hands. I still wanted to see the movie and went with an open mind. This is a very thought provoking movie and touches on really important issues about what happens when we take the law into our own hands. The real questions in this movie, for me, focus around when is the character's killing of others self-defense and when does it begin to press into less heroic territory. I had to ask, "Why IS she 'The Brave One'. Does killing others (for any reason) really make our character "brave?" This is, regardless of what angle you view it from, one very powerful movie that speaks very clearly about what is going on in American society from a very contemporary point of view.
Erica Bain, after being horribly attacked with her fiance, left for dead, and regaining her senses three weeks later in a hospital to find her fiance is dead, faces the real dread of being able to go out her door and walk on the street alone. Terror leads her to purchase a gun and once it is purchased, she almost immediately is thrown into a situation where she is required to defend herself or die. She choses to kill. Oddly enough, she is soon thrown into another situation with the same result. And here, the movie takes the turn that -- if you have any ethics, morals, values or concern for life -- makes you really start paying attention and causes you to quesiton the motives of this victim turned hero. What happens next is likely more a psychological split in Erica Bain's personality -- she goes beyond self defense and makes decisions that, while they feel and look morally right, in your heart you know are wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 7 days ago by ANNA MOSLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars She is brilliant.
This is a very exciting movie the same way the Charles Bronson ones were. She is brilliant.
Published 21 days ago by Richard L. Frankfeldt
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Made and Entertaining With Jodie Foster
Good movie. Nice story line and it's useful to follow something a little different and yet believable. Read more
Published 22 days ago by R. Callicotte
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, not one of her better roles
It was a Okay movie. Very predictable, not one of her better roles. It did keep my interest to the end.
Published 1 month ago by mary stockhill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yet another great movie from Miss Foster
Published 1 month ago by T H DIGGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
BEST MOVIE EVER!!!
Published 1 month ago by Shirley K.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an exciting movie. It is fast paced ...
This is an exciting movie. It is fast paced and filled with action. This is also a controversial movie that deals with the issue of self defense rights but also the disruptive... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exciting and makes you understand and accept vengeance!
Published 1 month ago by Jane Dumas-Otis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful film and jodie foster is phenomenal in it!!!
Published 2 months ago by cb
3.0 out of 5 stars But in better movies.
I absolutely adore Ms. Foster but fail to understand her predilection for paranoid revenge films. She is a tremendous actor and I hope she continues to act until she cannot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian J. Gould
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I'm not sure why it's taken so long.....I wish Warner Brothers would release this movie so I can be the first one to buy it.....I absolutely loved this movie......Best movie I've ever seen as far as I'm concerned.
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