Worth Watching - Sept 2: The Brave One Featurette Video
by Alex Billington
September 2, 2007
As I write this I'm also working on another article titled "Revenge: It's a Beautiful Thing" (will be out next week) that's outlining a number of the revenge films this fall and focusing on their powerful nature and filmmaking excellence. One of the key ones that I'm including is The Brave One, the latest film from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins, Breakfast on Pluto) that stars Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. When I first saw the trailer, I was already sold, partly on the intensity and partly because of Terrence Howard, who I have a subtle fascination with. This Labor Day weekend we present another look at The Brave One in a special featurette.
The Brave One is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this coming week and luckily I had the chance to pre-screen it. Whereas other critics may attack minor flaws in the story, I thought overall The Brave One was an intense and exciting revenge film that hinges on the exquisite performance from Jodie Foster and is helped along by the essential acting perfection of Terrence Howard. I won't spoil a thing, but the ending is such a exhilaration of relief that I guarantee you'll have a smirk across your face. The story isn't perfect and it gets a bit rocky in the middle, but overall those imperfections can easily be overlooked. Of some of the stronger dramas and Oscar bait films I saw in addition to The Brave One, this film still sticks out as being one of those that is both enjoyable and powerful.
Watch the featurette for The Brave One here:
The Brave One opens in theaters on September 14th. If you're interested, this is one movie I urge you go see in theaters. The sound alone will make it worth it. Jodie Foster's character is a radio host who records sounds all of New York City and uses them as background ambiance on her show.