The Brave One

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A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.8/10 (34,516 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Neil Jordan

Stars: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews

David Kirmani,a medical professional, lives in an apartment with his sweetheart, Erica Bain, a radio host, and his dog. They usually take the dog out for a stroll in nearby Central Park and let him run and fetch. One day while at the park they let the dog run without a leash, and when he does not return or respond to their calls, they frantically search for him. They eventually find him being held by three men who want a reward. When David refuses, they start to molest Erica and David intervenes. Two of the men assault the couple, while the third uses a camcorder to film this incident. Erica is knocked unconscious, and regains her senses several days later in a hospital. She is told the shocking news that David was killed and the dog is missing. A traumatized Erica returns home to try and regain her life. She also visits the police station but does not get much help. Fearful of a repeat of this type of incident…

Writers: Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor


Jodie Foster

Erica Bain

Terrence Howard

Detective Mercer

Nicky Katt

Detective Vitale

Naveen Andrews

David Kirmani

Mary Steenburgen


Ene Oloja


Luis Da Silva Jr.


Blaze Foster


Rafael Sardina


Jane Adams


Gordon MacDonald


Zoë Kravitz


John Magaro


Victor Colicchio


Jermel Howard

Thug on Subway

How many wrongs to make it right?


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Warner Bros. Pictures [Germany] |

Release Date: 14 September 2007

Filming Locations: Broadway Stages, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000


Opening Weekend: $13,471,488
(16 September 2007)
(2755 Screens)

Gross: $69,766,619

Technical Specs


(Toronto International Film Festival)

Did You Know?


Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title 'Sweet Revenge'.


When Erica goes into the bathroom of the bar to refresh herself, she wets her hair and head, leaving her hair dripping wet. When they cut to the next part of the scene, where she applies her lipstick, her hair is perfectly dry – no shine, no evidence of wetness – one could argue it is even styled.


[first lines]

[voiceover, doing her radio show]
I'm Erica Bain. And as *you* know, I walk the city. I bitch and moan about it. I walk and watch and listen, a witness to all the beauty and ugliness that is disappearing from our beloved city. Last week took me to the gray depths of the East River where Dmitri Panchenko swims his morning laps…

User Review

Jodie Foster Alone

Rating: 8/10

A genre movie directed by an artist, Neil Jordan in this particular
case. That is a formula that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
This time does, big time and I suspect it has to do with the artist
behind the camera leaving the artist in front of the camera to her own
devices and we all know that Jodie Foster's devices can be miraculous
sometimes. The anguishing feel of solitude permeates Jodie's
performance that's why I imagine Neil Jordan leaving her alone. Her
decisions, I mean the character's and the actress's, seem to have been
taken without consulting anyone. They are as pure as they are insane. I
predict Miss Foster will be up for her third Oscar unless a miracle
happens in the next three months. Well done!