Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Brave One

The Brave One (2007)

Directed by: Neil Jordan
Written by: Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor and Cynthia Mort
Starring: Jodi Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen, Ene Oloja

In this movie, Jodi Foster plays a radio host whose fiancé is killed by thugs in the park. Once she recovers, she buys a gun and goes on a vigilante style killing spree. Huh. In the meantime, she befriends a Good Cop, and we get to ponder whether or not her actions are justified.

I personally trust the Police Service with my safety, probably because they've done a pretty good job so far. On the other hand, I don't really live in a particularly dangerous city.

Anyway, I was more worried about Jodi Foster exploding from stress. I mean, really. How much stress can one woman handle? I think the last thing I saw her in was Flight Plan and before that Panic Room, and she was pretty stressed out in both those movies. And when she gets stressed, I get stressed. It's very stressful for everybody.

Moving on, I thought the movie was pretty good, albeit very stressful. It was interesting to watch, even though I try to avoid thinking about 'issues' if at all possible. It was well done, well acted. Jodi Foster is so good it's scary (the stress thing, like I said).

Why is it that I see Terrence Howard everywhere now? He's very good, but it seems to me that he keeps popping up at random in every other trailer I watch (I've stopped watching movies, I'm just watching trailers now. It seems much more efficient, time-wise). I guess he's in a shit load of stuff. He's got, like, sixty credits on the IMDb. Cool.

So I liked him and Jodi - the movie managed to be heavy and important without annoying the hell out of me (as opposed to, say, Michael Clayton, which I didn't bother reviewing because I have nothing to say about it other than it bugged the hell out of me).

Although Jodi Foster needs to do something... lighter. Soon. I mean, she doesn't have to do anything she doesn't want to (she pwns me), but, you know, maybe my psychic energy can make something happen. She could do a romantic comedy with, like, Dennis Quaid or something. Yeah...


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