Though Death Sentence still looks like the more entertaining of the two films, the awkwardly-similar The
Brave One does have a spirit of its own. In the words of Variety, you do not want to mess with an armed woman with a grudge. Point taken.
The first reviews to appear for the film claim that the film has its fair share of performances and action.
Official Reviews: The Brave One
Looks like I got the wrong impression from the trailers. While Death Sentence wears its action on its sleeve, The Brave One looked more caught up with the internal conflict and (of course) drama of a troubled woman looking for vengeance. For an easy example to see what I mean, take a look at the poster to the right. Troubled, right? Well, it turns out that the film does have its fair share of action and, though the subject matter might limit audiences, the film should still pull at the box office.
Hell hath no fury like a woman with a grudge, and in “The Brave One,” Jodie Foster unleashes her rage on the mean streets of New York with the same mesmeric intensity and steely resolve that have characterized her very best performances. Foster’s pistol-packing turn as an avenging dark angel nearly sustains director Neil Jordan’s grim vigilante drama through a string of implausibilities and occasionally trite psychological framing devices, with deft support from Terrence Howard as a sympathetic cop. Top talent involved should draw decent midrange B.O. for the Warner Bros. release, despite its tough subject matter.
But “The Brave One” convinces where it most counts, as Foster delivers a performance of astonishing physical and psychological credibility.
With Panic Room, Flight Plan, and now The Brave One, Jodie Foster is on the verge of becoming an action star. And odd career move for an actress on the down side of forty. If she has to get wrapped up in ass-kicking though, The Brave One is the way to do it. The movie takes a familiar genre, the vigilante revenge flick, and for a change takes it seriously. I’m not talking about the way Christopher Nolan takes Batman seriously, after all it’s still a guy in a cape running around overreacting to his parents’ death. Let’s face it, that never made a whole lot of sense. Get over it already Bats. The Brave One is an examination of what it might take for a real person to become a vigilante, an examination of what might drive a normal woman to become judge, jury, and executioner.
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The Brave One opens to
theatres on September 14th.