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The Brave One

As its blandly heroic title forecasts, "The Brave One" is a revenge fantasy that floats like a narrative helium balloon waiting to find its ceiling. Jodie Foster plays Manhattan talk radio personality Erica Bain, whose poetic "Street Walk" monologue segment invites WNKW listeners to contemplate the "safest big city in the country" with a bittersweet nostalgia for the ripe culture wiped out by corporate ideology. And yes, some of that nostalgia is for the all-night cafeteria atmosphere of pimps, druggies and prostitutes that inhabited Scorsese’s "Taxi Driver" and Michael Winner’s "Death Wish." The movie dredges up the bad old days of perpetual street hassles in the Big Apple and drops a bag of rotting fruit at the feet of its impressionable protagonist. Special features include English, French, and Spanish language, English, French, and Spanish subtitles, a making-of featurette, and additional scenes. Aspect ratio is anamorphic widescreen, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie – Three Stars, DVD features Two Stars) Rated R, 122 mins. (Warner Bros.)

February 24, 2008 in Suspense Thriller | Permalink