The Brave One Movie Review
Friday, September 14, 2007
The Brave One is the story of the most unlucky woman in New York City turned gun-totting vigilante, played by the legendary Jodie Foster. Her character Erica Bain, a radio host who has been robbed, beaten, held at knife point, nearly raped and her husband, played by Naveen Sanders was murdered—oh and les we forget her dog was stolen! Having had just about enough, Foster purchases an illegal gun and as if she were Luke Skywalker who was just handed the “force”, she suddenly becomes '70's Pam Grier without the big hair and bouncing bosom. Terrence Howard is Detective Sean Mercer; the most useless and unintuitive cop since Dragnet, dedicated to hunting down the vigilante who is taking the law into their own hands.
The Brave One is a film you desperately want to like. Naveen Sanders, Terrence Howard and the two time Oscar-winner Jodie Foster feels like a fool-proof movie. However, take away the stunning performances and The Brave One is just a cowardly script with such extreme suspensions of disbelief that even Britney Spears wouldn't be convinced to perform in it.
The movie starts with a punch and gives the expectation of, wow; this is going to be another Jodie Foster classic. However, as the first hour goes by you begin to cock your head to the side and go, "Huh?" Or, turn to the person next to you and say, "What the hell is going on?" Not in that "what the hell is going on" this is so deep English Patient way, but more in that "Oh God please stop the madness" Halle Berry's last five movies way.
First, we have the plot of Foster’s character being a crime victim wherever she struts in New York City--convenient stores, subways or parks...granted, New York City can be a violent place, but Lawd you would think she was walking through Baghdad! When Jodie starts blowing away these savage criminals due to her unlucky life, Terrence's character gets wind of this and he, like everyone else, is on the hunt for a man...here is the gender twist. The cap bustin' vigilante is a woman!
The Brave One sets itself up to be a thought provoking journey of what the human spirit will do to protects itself and its community, but morphs into a deadpan babble fest that is only mildly saved by the incredible actors. Terrence Howard is the king of making a bad script work (Get Rich or Die Tryin', Pride), but even with Foster by his side, the film does not pack enough emotionality mixed with reality.
Fortunately, we get a great performance from Zoë Kravitz who plays an unconscious drug addict and Dennis White (formerly of Weekend Vibe) as a rough and tough thug. In addition, the film is filled with ethnic and racial diversity; finally Hollywood managed to show what the real New York City looks like on a daily basis…just in a below average flick.
Jodie Foster only does one film every one or two years...if this is the quality work Foster is throwing to her fans (Flight Plan!) then let's hope she goes back to three films a year like the early '90's and delivers award-winning performances...I can't take another Foster let down this time next year!
Even with all the flawless cast choices, the only thing courageous about The Brave One is the commitment to act in it.
2/5 generous stars...
The Brave One is in theatres nationwide today.
Labels: MOVIE REVIEWS, ZOE KRAVITZ
Posted by Clay ::
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