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|The Brave One|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Neil Jordan|
|Produced by||Susan Downey|
|Written by||Roderick Taylor|
Bruce A. Taylor
|Music by||Dario Marianelli|
|Edited by||Tony Lawson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$170.8 million|
The Brave One is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan and written by Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor and Cynthia Mort. The film stars Jodie Foster as Erica Bain, a New York City radio host who along with her partner, is severely beaten by thugs, leading to the latter's death. Terrified for her safety, she buys a pistol. Armed with the gun, she undergoes a personality transformation and becomes a vigilante, shooting a number of criminals. Detective Sean Mercer (Howard) investigates the vigilante shootings, which lead him closer and closer to Bain. The film features Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Zoë Kravitz, Mary Steenburgen and Luis Da Silva in supporting roles.
The Brave One was released in the United States on September 14, 2007. The film received mixed reviews from critics who acclaimed Foster's performance but criticized its execution. It was a box office success grossing over $170 million worldwide. At the 65th Golden Globe Awards, Foster received a nomination for Best Actress Motion Picture in a Drama.
In New York City, radio host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) and her Malayali Nasrani fiancé David (Naveen Andrews) are walking their dog at Stranger's Gate in Central Park when they are attacked by three men, who film the assault on their phones and take Erica's engagement ring and her dog. David dies from his injuries, and a traumatized Erica attempts to purchase a gun. Unwilling to wait to obtain a gun legally, she buys a Kahr K9 semi-automatic pistol from a black market dealer.
While Erica is at a convenience store, a man shoots his ex-wife, the store's cashier. Hearing Erica's cell phone ring, the man stalks her in the aisles before she shoots him dead. Another night on a subway car, two men harass the passengers, all of whom leave except Erica. The men threaten her with a knife, and she shoots them dead. Another night, Erica attempts to save a prostitute by threatening her pimp. When he attempts to run them down with his car, Erica shoots him in the head, causing his car to run over the prostitute. She is injured but lives, and is taken to the hospital. Erica attempts to track down the men who killed David.
She strikes up a friendship with Detective Sean Mercer (Terrence Howard), who is investigating the vigilante killings. Trying to determine what Mercer knows, Erica interviews him. He asks how she recovered from her own tragedy, and she replies that she did not, and had to become a different person. Erica's boss gets her to take calls on the air, soliciting public opinions on the vigilante. The various responses lead her to almost confess to the killings, but at the police station, she is unable to do so.
Mercer tells Erica about a murder suspect he has long been unable to bring to justice. When Erica kills the suspect, Mercer comes to suspect her as the vigilante. He sets a trap for Erica, taking her with him to interview the prostitute she had saved, but the prostitute does not let on that she recognizes Erica. When Mercer is finally able to interview one of the subway passengers, he gets a description revealing the vigilante is female. The police bring Erica to identify one of the suspects in her attack; though she recognizes the assailant, she does not identify him. Mercer hints to Erica that he suspects her as the vigilante.
Informed that police have found her engagement ring at a pawn shop, Erica receives a name, address, and phone number at the shop. She tracks down one of her attacker's ex-girlfriends, who has the video recording of the attack but is too frightened to reveal anything further. She sends the video to Erica, who almost breaks down upon watching it and forwards it to Mercer. Armed with positive visual identification of all three attackers, Erica tracks them down.
She confronts the three men, killing two of them and freeing her dog. She struggles with the third attacker, who gains the upper hand just as Mercer arrives. As the detective attempts to arrest the attacker, Erica retrieves her weapon and prepares to execute him. Mercer persuades Erica to lower her gun, but after looking into her pleading eyes, hands her his own gun to use instead. The attacker begs to be arrested, declaring that it is Mercer's job, but Erica kills him. Mercer insists that Erica wound him with her gun, allowing them to frame her attackers for the vigilante killings. Mercer places her gun in the last attacker's hand and Erica leaves, and she is joined by her dog in Central Park.
In its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, the film was #1 at the box office, grossing $13,471,488 in 2,755 theaters. As of December 29, 2007, the film has grossed $69,787,394 worldwide--$36,793,804 in the United States and Canada and $32,993,590 in other territories.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars (out of 4); saying Foster and Howard "are perfectly modulated in the kinds of scenes difficult for actors to play, where they both know more than they're saying, and they both know it."
The film received one Golden Globe nomination when the nominees for the 65th Golden Globe Awards were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Foster was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama.