The Brave One

Theatrical Release: September 14, 2007
The Brave One


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.

Though Erica’s broken body heals, deeper wounds remain — the devastation of losing David and, even more overwhelming, a suffocating fear that haunts her every step. The city streets she had once loved to roam, even places that had been warm and familiar, now feel strange and threatening.

When the fear finally becomes too much to bear, Erica makes a fateful decision to arm herself against it. The gun in her hand becomes a tangible way to protect herself from an intangible enemy … or so she thinks. The first time she shoots someone, it is kill or be killed. The second time is also in self-defense … or did she make a choice not to take herself out of harm’s way? The fear that had once paralyzed her has been replaced by something else … something that drives her to reclaim the life that was taken from her that night … something that Erica does not even recognize in herself.

Dove Review

This is a riveting psychological thriller, rife with fear and one woman’s reaction to it. Jodie Foster gives a very strong performance in her role as the victim of violence, as she suffers both a beating herself, and the loss of her fiance’. As she declares in the film, she becomes a very different person, scarred emotionally for life from the violent, traumatic act. And revenge becomes a living, burning obsession with her.

Sadly, the film is saturated with strong language and violence, as well as brief nudity, and we are unable to award our Dove Seal to the picture.

Content Description

Sex: An unmarried couple have sex on screen.
Language: C*rist-1; G/OMG-5; F-43; S-13; B-7; A-10; H-4; D-3; Slang for male genitalia-3; Slang for female genitalia-3; Slang for breasts-1; Slang for gays-1; Pr*ck-1
Violence: A couple is beaten and the man dies; several shootings with some graphic bloodshed; a woman buys an illegal gun; a robbery at a convenience store and some young men pick on people on a subway; a woman's bloody face is seen as she had been beaten by her husband.
Drugs: Some drinking on the street; the smoking of marijuana; cigarette smoking.
Nudity: A woman's breast is exposed on screen, partial rear female nudity; a man's bare chest.
Other: A drugged prostitute appears in a scene; a police officer makes a questionable decision; the stealing of a video tape from a monitoring system.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Roderick Taylor and Bruce A. Taylor and Cynthia Mort
Director: Neil Jordan
Producer: Susan Downey
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 119 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter