The Brave One (2007 film)

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The Brave One
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byNeil Jordan
Written byRoderick Taylor
Bruce A. Taylor
Cynthia Mort
Produced bySusan Downey
Joel Silver
StarringJodie Foster
Terrence Howard
Naveen Andrews
Nicky Katt
Mary Steenburgen
CinematographyPhilippe Rousselot
Edited byTony Lawson
Music byDario Marianelli
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures (Worldwide)
Roadshow Films (Australia)[1]
Release dates
  • September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14) (United States)
  • October 11, 2007 (2007-10-11) (Australia)
Running time
122 minutes
CountriesUnited States
Budget$70 million
Box office$69 million[1]

The Brave One is a 2007 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 whose partner is beaten to death by criminals. Terrified for her safety, she buys a pistol and undergoes a personality transformation, becoming a vigilante. Detective Sean Mercer (Terrence Howard) investigates the vigilante shootings, which lead him closer and closer to Bain. The film features Naveen Andrews, 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 disappointment grossing $69 million worldwide.[1] At the 65th Golden Globe Awards, Foster received a nomination for Best Actress Motion Picture in a Drama.


Radio host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) and her fiancé Dr. David Kirmani (Naveen Andrews) are viciously attacked by three men while walking their dog in Central Park; the men film the assault on their phones, and take Erica's engagement ring and her dog. David dies from his injuries and Erica finds herself unable to continue her life as normal.

Traumatized and living in fear, she attempts to purchase a gun but is denied a sale due to having no gun license. A nearby black market gun dealer overhears her desperation for protection and offers to sell her a Kahr K9 pistol for $1000. Unwilling to wait 30 days for a legal firearm, Erica buys the handgun from him.

One evening while Erica is at a convenience store, a man enters and shoots the store's cashier to death. Hearing Erica's cell phone ring, the man stalks her in the aisles before she kills him with three shots. Another night on a subway car, two men harass the passengers, all of whom leave except Erica. The men then threaten her with a knife; she kills them both. Later on, 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.

Fuelled by rage and a need for vengeance, Erica begins to track down the three men who killed David. Meanwhile, she strikes up a friendship with Detective Sean Mercer (Terrence Howard), who is investigating the vigilante killings around the city. The detective shares the name of a vicious criminal he is unable to prosecute. When the criminal is found dead near a parking garage, Detective Mercer inspects the area and begins to suspect Erica.

Mercer takes Erica with him to interview the prostitute she had saved, but the prostitute does not let on that she recognizes Erica.

Mercer privately indicates to Erica that he suspects her but is struggling with what to do about it.

The police ask Erica to identify one of the suspects in her attack; though she recognizes the assailant, she does not identify him. She is later informed the police have found her engagement ring at a pawn shop, and goes there to get a name, address and phone number of who sold it to them. She tracks down one of her attacker's ex-girlfriends. The woman is initially too frightened to reveal her boyfriend's whereabouts, but she later sends Erica the video recording of her attack and his address. Erica forwards the video onto Mercer.

Erica tracks down all three men, and confronts and kills two of them before freeing her dog. She struggles with the third attacker who gains the upper hand just as Mercer arrives. As Mercer 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, and Erica shoots the attacker dead. Mercer then insists that Erica wound him with her gun, which she does, allowing them to frame her attackers for the vigilante killings. Mercer then places her gun in the last attacker's hand and Erica leaves. She walks through Central Park joined by her dog.



Box office[edit]

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.[2] 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.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The Brave One received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 43% based on 183 reviews. The site's consensus states: "Magnetic by between Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard can't quite compensate for The Brave One's problematic and unconvincing eye-for-an-eye moral."[3] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 56%, based on 33 reviews.[4]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 312 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."[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Foster was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the 65th Golden Globe Awards.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Brave One (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 29, 2007.
  2. ^ "The Brave One (2007) - Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
  3. ^ "The Brave One". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 18, 2007.
  4. ^ "Brave One, The (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 14, 2007.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger. "The Brave One Movie Review & Film Summary (2007) - Roger Ebert".
  6. ^ "HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2008 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2007". December 13, 2007. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "'The Brave One' misfires". Retrieved November 9, 2019.

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