I definitely chose to watch this movie because of Jodie Foster. She is never the most beautiful actress in the world but I think she’s almost never failed the movie fans with her talent as a true actress. Well, she graduated from Yale University, she speaks several languages fluently, and she never bends to accommodate Hollywood’s commercial command. How’s that for role model? *smile*
The synopsis from MSN Movies: For Erica Bain (Jodie Foster), the streets of New York are both her home and her livelihood. She shares the sounds and the stories of her beloved city with her radio audience as the host of the show “Street Walk.” At night, she goes home to the love of her life, her fiancé David Kirmani (Naveen Andrews). But everything Erica knows and loves is ripped from her on one terrible night when she and David are ambushed in a random, vicious attack that leaves David dead and Erica close to it. [Continue…]
I know a good movie – and this is the one good movie. It’s the one that makes you cry although it’s not a romantic or sad scene. It’s the one that makes you thing long after the movie ended. The plot flows smoothly – anyone on the scenes serves the purpose ‘why they have to be on that scene’, Jodie can show intelligently how a cheerful ordinary Erica Bain can transform into an edgy woman then to a stone-cold vengeance killer, and the soundtrack matches the soul of this movie too. (I think Sarah McLachlan’s ethereal voice that sings most of the soundtrack in this movie.)
Let’s pretend that Erica is you….
In a couple of months you’d marry the one true love of your life – he gave you the Mughal ring (was once his grandma’s) and you’ve even ordered the wedding invitations. As in any other summer nights, you went for a walk with your boyfriend and dog, and it later turned out to be your nightmare. Three thugs held your dog hostage and recording their act while they’re beating you and your boyfriend to death. You survived after 3 weeks in coma but your boyfriend didn’t. And the life after that traumatic nightmare was never the same anymore. It took you courage to pass the corridor of your apartment to go to work. Your heart beat faster whenever you heard footsteps behind you even on a clear daylight. You went to the police but your case was among thousands backlogs and you became edgy with the fear that crept inch by inch into your sanity.
Then, one day as you couldn’t take it any longer, you bought a gun. You thought it would calm you down when you walked the streets during your sleepless nights. Your first shot was self defense, killed or be killed. Your second was also self defense, but this time you’re getting better, didn’t miss a shot. You’re still trembling with horror but the monstrous stranger inside you was getting stronger. Then, the killings became easy – you shot a sex-addict who held an underage girl for six days under drug influence and without pay. Next, you killed the elite who was untouchable before the law.
One day the police you befriended found the ring that your boyfriend gave to you. You traced it down the pawnshops – and it led you to the girlfriend of the man that beat you and your boyfriend to death. At first she didn’t want to tell you the thug whereabouts for the fear of her life. But, later she text you the address and sent you the record of that nightmare (thanks to the high digital technology). It broke you down but it steeled the stranger in you to take matters in your own hand. Eventually, you faced the moment of truth – whether you killed the thugs or let the police handle them…. because deep down inside you, you still believe that killing is wrong. All the time when Erica was caught in those conflicting situations, I kept saying… kill him, kill them,… because those thugs made a hole in your soul that nobody can heal.
Do you want to know whether she killed the thugs or not? Nonton dong. *smile*
It’s nice to see Foster (now 44) plays a character that is her age – hey, people do get wrinkles as they get older. She’s so good in this movie that she commands your feeling to the situation just by the look and her body language.
Jodie Foster: Unbreakable, an interview by Entertainment Weekly. The Oscar winning heroine and star of the new movie ”The Brave One” laughs in the face of Hollywood stereotypes — and talks to EW about how she forged her own path in the industry. [Read more…]
Jodie Foster gets revenge in ‘The Brave One’ (in Newsweek Entertainment).
I found the tagline “How many wrongs to make it right?” is a bit misleading… at least for me. It doesn’t matter though because the movie is well crafted, well made.