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The Brave One (Widescreen Edition) (2008)

Jodie Foster , Naveen Andrews , Neil Jordan  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Adams
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 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 (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010HOZW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,969 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brave One (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • I Walk the City: director Neil Jordan crafts a movie that pays homage to the vigilante-film genre--and turns it on its head
  • Additional scenes

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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
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
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 11 people found the following review helpful
Going into a Jodie Foster film is like visiting an old friend. You typically only see her every few years or so, but you know when the time comes what an awesome experience it will be. Flightplan and Panic Room were enjoyable, lightweight thrillers, but this one is my favorite Foster film since The Silence of the Lambs because of its more dark and serious tones. Even Jodie herself admitted that this was one of her best in years. It was actually only one of two films I saw the entire 2007 year. Jodie has become an actress I have developed a great deal of respect and admiration for and so I trust what she chooses. I have never been disappointed. The film may have some minor flaws, but it's a 5-star performance all the way as to be expected. Jodie received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress this year and was also awarded the Sherry Lansing award for being one of the most powerful women in entertainment. Another worthy film to add into your Jodie collection. And even though it's not one of her favorite works, I always like to recommend The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane to catch a glimpse at a very talented young actress who would go on to greater heights in her very long career.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brave One
We enjoyed this Jodie Foster film. It reminded us of the old Charles Bronson film Death Wish. The ending was very good.
Brings a warm felling to your heart.
Published 9 days ago by M. Nourse
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Neil Jordan movie
I'm a big fan of Neil Jordan and own all of his movies. He has a diverse collection of films: comedy, drama, historical, etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pompton Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet vigilante
Even I am against the idea of vigilantes, this is a very satisfying movie of revenge cum (sort of) justice, and extremely well acted by Jody Foster, who also delivers in her role... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carlos S
4.0 out of 5 stars Liberals w guns
I was happy and surprised to see Jodi popping bad guys with her Kahr pistol,im sure she will
jump onto some anti gun crusade once she gets her paycheck .. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Zaretsky
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brave One is a five star movie in my opinion
I very much enjoy this movie because of its suspense, drama and emotion. This is one of my favorite movies. The outcome is satisfying to me.
Published 1 month ago by Alonzo E. Hodges, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Explicit
I studied medication with the Maharajah of India, Royalty such as myself with honors, and I find this movie too violent a blaten disrespect for other cultural norms and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doctor T. L. Mast
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Action
Considering the movie's lead to speak, was a female, she was darn effective. Justice at it's best in my opinion. The detective played an excellent role as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Whistle Britches
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for All of You Closet Serial Killers
Big nod to Death Wish with Charles Bronson, with a similar set up involving a killing that launches the protagonist into a (justifiable?) shooting spree. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hansaskatoon
5.0 out of 5 stars The brave one
I liked this one so much I ordered two of them. One for me and one for my daughter. She may not have been right in how she handled things but sometimes you have to do what has to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janell Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Jodie foster the best
Jodie Foster at her best it dose not get any better no can take her place she was the only one
Published 2 months ago by john scot barnhill
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